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Jazz Upstairs Tony Tixier Trio

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The French born pianist and composer Tony Tixier moved to New York City in 2012 before recently relocating to Los Angeles.

During his time in the US Tixier has collaborated with high profile jazz artists such as the saxophonist Seamus Blake and the trumpeters Christian Scott and Wallace Roney.

Tixier has also worked extensively with musicians from his native France, including his twin brother, the violinist Scott Tixier.

His latest release, “Life of Sensitive Creatures” represents Tixier’s fifth album as a leader but is his first in the classic piano/bass/drums trio format since his 2006 début “Fall in Flowers”.

As a pianist, Tixier cites Art Tatum, Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett and the Turkish musician Aydin Esen as significant influences. Classically trained from the age of six Tixier also singles out the composer Maurice Ravel as a source of inspiration.