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André "Dédé" Ceccarelli

André "Dédé" Ceccarelli - © 2004 mvonlanthen

born on 5/1/1946 in Nice, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France

André Ceccarelli

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André "Dédé" Ceccarelli (born 5 January 1946 in Nice, France) is a French jazz drummer who has collaborated with Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Sting, Enrico Rava, Kenny Wheeler, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Jean-Luc Ponty, Stéphane Grappelli, Didier Lockwood, Chick Corea, Joey DeFrancesco, John McLaughlin, Biréli Lagrène, Christian Escoudé, Philippe Catherine, Nguyên Lê and Sylvain Luc.[1]


After learning to play the drums from his father, Ceccarelli started out playing in the salons of the Hotel Royal Nice Promenade des Anglais at the age of fifteen, where he played with some musicians at tea dances on weekends. He was spotted by a lady who was the wife of John Tosan, and was presented to the brothers John Rob alias Jean-Claude and James Fawler alias Gerard Roboly, and on their request participated on rehearsals with the French band rock Les Chats Sauvages, who was looking for a new drummer, and was hired at age 16 in May 1962, which corresponds to the beginning of his long career.[1]

After almost two years, several tours and many recordings with this band, he left in January 1964 to resume the position of drummer in the band the Casino Sporting Club Monaco, and playing with many entertainers in studio and on tour, including Claude François, he turned to jazz. He had always wanted to be able to play with the jazz greats of the time, and could do so when becoming an active studio musician.

From the late 1960s, he collaborated with arranger and trumpeter Ivan Jullien with whom he recorded the album including 'Synthesis' (1978). It also participates in the short-lived group Troc (1972) with Jannick Top and Alex Ligertwood and sign two fusion style albums, one on the label Bingow, recorded between 1972 and 1973, the other for the Carla label in 1977. In 1974, he played in the orchestra of Jean-Claude Naude and participated on the album A New Kind of Band.

In 1979, he began a career in the United States alongside Bunny Brunel and Chick Corea, and met Dee Dee Bridgewater in 1987, with whom he continued a long lasting collaboration. He founded the 'Trio Sud' with Sylvain Luc and Jean-Marc Jafet in 2000.[1]

He has recorded as leader since the 1976, and released the album Avenue Des Diables Blues (2005) within his own trio.[2]

He created the group Troc in November 2011 with Jannick Top (bass), Alex Ligertwood (vocals), Eric Legnini (keyboards) and Claude Engel (guitar).

Ceccarelli is the official sponsor of the festival 'Jazz at any time', started in 1998 to Saint-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse, where he participates with his trio every year from first, and was also sponsor of Nice Jazz Festival in 2013.


  • 1998: Great Jazz Award, Sacem (French copyright management society), lifetime achievement



  • 1976: Rythmes (Music De Wolfe)
  • 1977: Ceccarelli (Carla), with Janick Top, featuring Christian Escoudé and Didier Lockwood
  • 1981: André Ceccarelli (Disques JMS), with Richard Galliano, Michel Graillier and Didier Lockwood
  • 1985: Project One (Sonotec/Globo Records France), with Bernard Arcadio
  • 1986: Africa (Patchwork), with Bernard Arcadio
  • 1986: Made in Sax (Patchwork), with Bernard Arcadio
  • 1990: Dance on Me (Phonogram), with Jean-Marc Jafet and Thierry Eliez
  • 1992: Hat Snatcher (Polygram), A. C. Trio with Jean-Marc Jafet and Thierry Eliez, featuring Didier Lockwood and Jean-Paul Ceccarelli
  • 1994: 3 around the 4 (Verve), with Thierry Eliez and Jean-Marc Jafet
  • 1995: From the Heart (Verve), with Jean-Michel Pilc, featuring Dee Dee Bridgewater
  • 1997: West Side Story (BMG France), A. C. Quartet with Rémi Vignolo, Antonio Faraò and Sylvain Beuf, featuring Dee Dee Bridgewater, Richard Galliano, Bireli Lagrene and Régis Ceccarelli
  • 1999: 61:32° (BMG France), with Sylvain Beuf, Antonio Faraò, Rémi Vignolo, featuring Stéphane Belmondo, Sylvain Luc, Thierry Eliez and Minino Garay
  • 2004: Carte Blanche (Dreyfus), with Bireli Lagrene, Didier Lockwood, John McLaughlin, Richard Galliano and Sylvain Luc
  • 2005: Avenue Blues Devils (Dreyfus Jazz), A. C. Trio with Bireli Lagrene and Joey DeFrancesco[2]
  • 2007: Golden Land (Cam Cine TV Inc)
  • 2008: Sweet People (CAM Jazz), with Julian Oliver Mazzariello and Sylvain Beuf
  • 2009: Le Coq Et La Pendule – Hommage A Claude Nougaro (Plus Loin Music), with Diego Imbert and Pierre-Alain Goualch, featuring David Linx
  • 2011: Ricordo (La Cigogne)
  • 2014: Twenty (Bonsaï), with Jean-Michel Pilc and Thomas Bramerie

As co-leader

  • 1983: The Game (JMS), within 'Couturier Celea Quintet' including with Jean-Paul Celea, François Couturier, François Jeanneau and Philippe Macé
  • 1986: Rock (Patchwork), with Bernard Arcadio and Jean-Claude Chavanat
  • 1988: New-Music (MCT Music), with Bernard Arcadio and Jean-Claude Chavanat
  • 1991: Sail Away (Musidisc), with Tom Harrell, Kenny Werner and Paul Imm
  • 1993: Init (Phonogram), with François Moutin and Nguyên Lê, featuring Bob Berg
  • 2006: Golden Land (Cam Jazz), with Enrico Pieranunzi, Hein Van de Gein, David El-Malek and Elizabeth Kontomanou
  • 2013: Ultimo, composition written for symphony orchestra and usual trio
  • 2013: A We Garo (Just Looking Productions)
Within Troc
  • 1971: Old Man River (Cy)
  • 1973: Barter (Cy)
  • 2011: Barter 2011 (Universal)
Within CCPP including Marc Chantereau, Christian Padovan and Slim Pezin
  • 1975: CCPP (Flamophone)
Within Bad News Travels Fast, including with Bernard Arcadio, Jean-Claude Chavanat and Tony Bonfils
  • 1979: Ordinary Man (Casablanca)
  • 1979: Look Out (Casablanca)
With Trio Sud
  • 2000: Sud
  • 2002: Trio Sud (the album is credited as the Sylvain Luc)
  • 2008: Young and Fine
Within Ligne Sud Trio, including Christian Gaubert and Jannick Top
  • 2013: Ligne Sud Trio (Cristal)
His debut with Les Chats Sauvages
  • 1962: Les Chats Sauvages (Pathé)
  • 1962: Avec Dick Rivers (Pathé)
  • 1963: N° 3 (Pathé), with Mike Shannon
  • 1962: Last Kisses, with Mike Shannon (EP 45 t - EA 631)
  • 1963: Come on Girls, 10 tracks, third album of the band (AB 33 t - ST 1170)
  • 1963: John, c'est l'Amour, with Mike Shannon (EP 45 rpm - EA 644)
  • 1963: Come back to dance, (EP 45 t - EA 671)
  • 1963: Let me sing, (EP 45 t - EG 662)
  • 1963: Pretty Girl, (EP 45 t - EG 759)
  • 1967: C'est Pas Sérieux (Muse)
  • 1968: Oh! Lady, with Dick Rivers (Muse)

As sideman

With Michel Legrand
  • 1964 The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
With Jean-Luc Ponty and Stéphane Grappelli
  • 1973: Grappelli-Ponty (America), featuring Maurice Vander, Philippe Catherine, Tony Bonfils and Andre Ceccarelli
With Jonasz
  • 1972: Jonasz
  • 1981: New Life
With Johnny Hallyday
  • 1974: Je t'aime, je t'aime, je t'aime
Within Jean-Claude Naude Grand Orchestre
  • 1975: A New Kind of Band (Disques Balance)
With Tina Turner
  • 1979: Love Explosion
With Martial Solal
  • 1981: Big Band
  • 1984: Solal and His Orchestra play Hodeir
With René Urtreger, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen and Christian Escoudé
  • 1987: Masters (Carlyne Music)
With Michel Portal
  • 1987: Turbulence
With Dee Dee Bridgewater
  • 1987: Live in Paris
  • 1989: Victim of Love
  • 1992: In Montreux
  • 1993: Keeping Tradition
  • 1995: Love and Peace: A Tribute to Horace Silver (Verve)
  • 1997: Dear Ella
  • 2011: Midnight Sun
With Patricia Kaas
  • 1990: Scène De Vie
With Aretha Franklin
  • 1991: What You See Is What You Sweat
With Khalil Chahine
  • 1992: Turkoise
With Enrico Rava
  • 1992: Tribute to Mingus (Adda)
With Kenny Wheeler
  • 1992: California Daydream (Musidisc)
With Bireli Lagrene
  • 1992: Standards (Blue Note), including with Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen
  • 1994: Live in Marciac (Dreyfus Jazz), including with Chris Minh Doky
With Pierre-Alain Goualch
  • 2001: Exploring the Music of Serge Gainsbourg (Night Bird Music)
With Enrico Pieranunzi
  • 2005: Live in Paris (Challenge)
With Antonio Faraò
  • 2008: Woman's Perfume (CAM Jazz), with Dominique Di Piazza
With Flavio Boltro
  • 2012: Joyful (Bonsaï Music)[3]


  • Jean Chalvidant et Hervé Mouvet, La Belle Histoire des groupes de rock français des années 60, Paris, Éditions Fernand Lanore, 2001, 191 p. In French (ISBN 978-2-8515-7219-6)
  • Music Story 2013 article Loïc Picaud. In French


  1. ^ a b c "André Ceccarelli". Biography. Montreal Jazz Festival. Retrieved 2014-10-25.
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