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  • Birthday Wishes

    CAR

    Boston MA USA

    Hello Mr. Ponty, Best wishes for a healthy, Happy Birthday! Thank you for several wonderful years of music. Your music has shaped my life in ways that I cannot explain. It is very rare that I go through a day without listening to you. Having attended every concert you have played at in Boston since the 70's, my only wish for next year is for you to revive the Atlantic Years band and tour the US. A second wish would be to tour with a Big Band, similar to your performance in Germany last year with the hrbigband. What a phenomenal performance! Again, thank you for your music, and Happy Birthday with wishes for many, many more. Regards, CAR
    Sep 29, 2013 9:44pm
  • HAPPY BIRTHDAY

    RAJKUMAR RAJAMANI (RAJU)

    Chennai Tamil Nadu India

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MAESTRO JEAN-LUC. WISHING HIM ALL THE BEST FOR ANOTHER GREAT YEAR. IT'S ALWAYS BEEN A PLEASURE TO LISTEN TO HIM 24X7X365 !
    Sep 29, 2013 7:31am
  • What Bob S said-Happy Birthday!

    BMB

    Yes, tomorrow is the big day. I want to wish you, Jean-Luc, a very happy birthday! We love your music always. Enjoy time with the ones you love...after all, your love for them comes through your music.
    Sep 27, 2013 12:11pm
  • Thanks

    Daniel R R lemos

    Belo horizonte Minas Gerais Brasil

    Hello jean luc ponty, i would like to thank you very much for your wonderful work as a composer and musician, I simply love your records, you make my life better and prove me that music is the key of life. Best wishes ! Daniel
    Sep 25, 2013 8:26am
  • Birthday Greetings

    Bob S

    Rochester NY USA

    Hello Jean-Luc, Although it is a few days early I wanted to wish you a happy birthday now as I will be unavailable to do so next week. Once again, I wish you a happy birthday and hope you have many more! Take care! Bob S
    Sep 23, 2013 9:51pm
  • a few comments

    JEAN-LUC

    Again thanks to all of you who post messages in this board, I always read them with much interest. 

    In reply to some of your questions: no concerts in the U.S. will be programmed this year unfortunately, we are now looking at 2014.

    Scott: in 1980 Randy Jackson was living in San Francisco and was recommended to me by either Joaquin Lievano or Peter Manau, the 2 guitarists who were in my band and recorded the album Cosmic Messenger with me in 1978, both from San Francisco and I forgot if it was Joaquin or Pete who recommended Randy as bass player for the band. Randy then recommended Walter Afanasieff on keyboards, also from San Francisco, at the time the two of them were collaborating with Narada Michael Walden on record productions in the bay area, including Whitney Houston's first hit album. Then Randy became record producer for Sony Music  moved to Los Angeles, you know the rest....

    BMB: The announcement of my collaboration to Jeff Lorber's new album is legitimate. I recorded on one piece, a new arrangement of  King Kong, as part of Jeff's tribute to Zappa's music. 

    Chris: thanks for your compliments about my intonation. Branford Marsalis who was also performing that evening gave me the same complimentI. I wish I never missed as you say but unfortunately it can happen, it's easier to play in tune with an acoustic violin or at least with a mostly acoustic band, as opposed to a louder electric context where it's harder to hear all harmonics coming out of an electric violin.  

        

    Sep 23, 2013 1:56pm
  • Living in the Past

    Scott Young

    Birmingham Al USA

    i think I would be considered your biggest fan in the state of Alabama. i have seen you perform several times in the states. I am really crazy about some of the early records, like Cosmic Messenger, Mystical Adventures and Civilized Evil. I wanted to ask you how it came to be that you hooked up with Randy Jackson. As a bass player myself...I think his work with you was brilliant. And I cant wait until your next North American tour!!!????
    Sep 22, 2013 1:13am
  • Another news story

    BMB

    Two sources (Oakland Press; and the Tribune {Pittsburgh}) have Jean-Luc appearing on the latest Jeff Lorber CD, "Hacienda", in a tribute to Frank Zappa's "King Kong". Let's hope these news sources are more reliable than the one earlier this summer, which had JLP appearing on a new CD by John Oates (of pop's Hall and Oates)! After all, if it's on the Internet, it must be true, right??
    Sep 16, 2013 2:08am
  • Online videos, Lotus Feet

    Chris Devine

    I feel a bit contrite mentioning a YouTube video in context with JLP's most recent (and right-on) post about the proliferation of videos- but I was moved to write after watching the clip of "Lotus Feet" with J McL and Zakir Hussain in Turkey - I've always wanted to hear you do this tune, what a treat, and now I'll be playing in E Aeolian for the rest of the day. Ah, the intonation - you just never miss (at least in public!) You've inspired me to get to work when I was feeling lazy today. Hope you are well Grand Maitre!
    Sep 12, 2013 11:09pm
  • Thanks

    BMB

    I want to express my thanks for sharing with us the new video with JLP and Clara. I really enjoyed hearing Clara's jazz inflections on JLP's compositions. I also enjoyed the use of acoustic bass, particularly on To And Fro. It looked like everyone was enjoying themselves, even when the wind got hold of some sheet music. Thanks also to those who make the JLP experience possible-office staff, webmaster, and others. We appreciate all you do for us and JLP.
    Sep 12, 2013 12:51am