Biography

Didier Burgaud

Born in 1959, Didier Burgaud has a strong classical clarinet background. At the age of seventeen he began to play jazz with friends in a college band. He created his first band in 1978, meeting professional musicians and participating at the events that make up the traditional jazz landscape.

From that time on he has played with many stars, both French and international, such as Marc and Stan Laferrière, Alain Bouchet, Joe Turner, Benny Waters, Jerry Mulligan, Sam Woodyard, Claude Tissendier, Patrick Artero, Nicolas Montier, Laurent Mignard,...

On the clarinet, his fluid style shows the influence of Hubert Rostaing, Artie Shaw, Bob Wilber or Buddy de Franco. Deepening his experience in the repertoire of the swing era, he also got close to the musical idiom of Django Reinhardt, listening carefully to the recordings made by the genius gipsy guitarist with the clarinettist Hubert Rostaing. He also plays alto and tenor saxophone, which broadens his musical array and allows him to enjoy section work in several big bands. He led the reeds section in the Royal Tencopators Orchestra between 1982 and 1989, a big band playing Ellington tunes from the « Jungle » period. His saxophone playing is generous and tender and brings to mind the warm tones of the great masters (Coleman Hawkins, Zoot Sims, Stan Getz,...).

He sometimes can’t resist singing standards.

He leads a swing quartet, a gipsy jazz quartet and plays regularly as a freelance soloist in classical jazz bands.