Stéphane Kerecki

Stéphane Kerecki

Stéphane Kerecki © Annabelle Tiaffay
Double bass

Stéphane Kerecki is a multi award-winning jazz bassist.


    Stéphane Kerecki was born in Paris in 1970. After studying economics at the University of Paris II, he entered the Paris National Conservatory where he studied bass with Jean-François Jenny-Clark, Riccardo Del Fra and Jean Paul Celea. 

    For the past twenty years, Stéphane Kerecki has appeared in the groups of Denis Colin, Guillaume de Chassy, ​​Yaron Herman, Daniel Humair, François Jeanneau, Sheila Jordan, Steve Lehman, Ronnie Lynn Patterson, Michel Portal, Anne Paceo, Jacques Schwarz-Bart, Thomas Savy, Jacky Terrasson ...   

    In 2001, he was awarded second soloist prize at the Paris International Jazz Competition of La Défense (only bassist named) and in 2005, "Jazzman" magazine ranked him among the 125 talents for tomorrow. Since 2003, he has directed his own trio formed with saxophonist Matthieu Donarier and drummer Thomas Grimmonprez. He recorded two CDs with this trio "Story Tellers" and "Focus Dance" for which he receives numerous awards: Grand Prix 2007 of the "Charles Cros Academy", “Emoi” Record of the Year 2007 (Jazz Magazine), CHOC of “le Monde de la Musique”…

    The third opus “Houria” invited the American saxophonist Tony Malaby (Charlie Haden, Paul Motian, Daniel Humair, Michel Portal ...) to join the trio; this record allowed him to be named to the “Victoires du Jazz 2009” (the french grammys) in the instrumental revelation category.   

    In 2010, he continued his collaboration with the label Zig-Zag territoires by recording for this label the CD "Patience" with the English pianist John Taylor (Kenny Wheeler, John Surman, Jan Garbarek, Miroslav Vitous, Peter Erskine ...). This album was hailed by a "CHOC of the year 2011" from Jazz Magazine / Jazzman magazine and in 2013 this album is quoted by the magazine as one of the 120 cult duos in the history of Jazz.   

    In 2012, the trio recorded his last album, “Sound Architects” with two guests, saxophonist Tony Malaby and Serbian pianist Bojan Z (Michel Portal, Henri Texier, Julien Lourau ...), for the Outnote / Outhere label. This album is hailed by the specialized press ("Indispensable JAZZ NEWS", SO Selection JAZZ, Elu citizen Jazz, MUST TSF ...) and is selected among the 3 jazz records of the year 2012 by the daily "Libération".   

    In February 2013, Stéphane Kerecki is named among the three finalists of the Prix Django Reinhard (French Musician of the Year) of the "Academy of Jazz".  

    In 2014, he recorded the CD "Nouvelle Vague" with John Taylor, saxophonist Emile Parisien, and drummer Fabrice Moreau. The singer Jeanne Added joins the group on two titles including "La Chanson de Maxence" of Michel Legrand which will be hailed by Télérama as “the jazz song of the year 2014”. This CD receives among other distinctions, a “CHOC” Jazz Magazine, FFFF Télérama , and the "Académie du Jazz" Award, rewarding the Best Jazz Record recorded by a French Musician.

    In 2015, he won the “Talents Jazz ADAMI”, was named one of the three musicians of the year 2014 by Jazz magazine and the CD Nouvelle Vague received the “Victoire du Jazz” for Best Record of the Year 2015.   

    In 2016 and 2017 he participated in two trios for which he wrote a part of the repertoire: the trio “Modern Art” founded by Daniel Humair and to which was added the saxophonist Vincent Lê Quang, and the trio “Aïres” founded by the pianist Edouard Ferlet and the trumpet player Airelle Besson. These two projects are unanimously hailed by the critics (Le Monde, Télérama etc ...)   

    In September 2018, Incises Records released his new album "French Touch" in quartet with Emile Parisien, Fabrice Moreau and Belgian pianist Jozef Dumoulin around the standards of French electro-pop. This record has already received unanimous criticism from the press: "CHOC" jazz magazine,"Incontournable" Jazz News.