News & Updates

US Band August Tour

We had a great time touring in America with the U.S. Atlantic Years Band in August 2018 !

JLP Projects in 2018

Jean Luc's next concert is in Cully, Switzerland (near Lausanne) on April 16 with the PONTY-LAGRENE-EASTWOOD Trio, with Gypsy-French guitarist Bireli Lagrene and American bassist Kyle Eastwood. Then on May 11 in St Gaudens, Southwest France, JLP will play his music from the albums he produced for Atlantic Records in the 70s-80s with his QUINTET William Lecomte (keyboards) - Jean Marie Ecay (guitar) - Guy Nsangué Akwa (bass) - Damien Schmitt (drums). Then in August JLP will tour again in the USA with his American unit "ATLANTIC YEARS BAND" Wally Minko (keyboards) - Jamie Glaser (guitar) - Keith Jones (bass) - Rayford Griffin (drums). Please visit the Concerts page for more details.

Didier Lockwood passed away !

What a shock to learn the sudden death of French jazz violinist Didier Lockwood from a heart attack at age 62 .....so sad !!!

Quel choc d'apprendre la mort soudaine du violoniste de jazz Français Didier Lockwood d'une crise cardiaque à l'âge de 62 ans.....quelle tristesse !!!

Keyboardist Allan Zavod passed away !

Remembering Allan Zavod !

Allan Zavod with Jean Luc Ponty at the Greek Theatre in Berkley, California in 1982

I am very sad to learn that Australian keyboardist Allan Zavod who toured and recorded with my band from 1976 to the early 80s (albums 'Imaginary Voyage' - 'Enigmatic Ocean' etc...) passed away a few days ago in Australia. Allan was originally a great jazz pianist who studied at the Berklee School in Boston, and played also with Maynard Ferguson, Billy Cobham, Frank Zappa among others, and was a synthesizer expert. He had a great personality and lately was teaching and writing for symphony orchestras, films etc. in Australia. We miss him!

Jean-Luc

Allan Zavod with guitarist Jamie Glaser at the Greek Theatre in Berkley, California in 1982