André Ceccarelli
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André Ceccarelli

André Ceccarelli French musician

French musician
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro French musician
Countries France
Occupations Musician Drummer Jazz musician
Type Music
Gender male
Birth 5 January 1946 (Nice, arrondissement of Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur)
Children: Regis Ceccarelli
André Ceccarelli
The details

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.


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.

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.

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

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
  • 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)
  • 1971: Old Man River (Cy)
  • 1973: Barter (Cy)
  • 2011: Barter 2011 (Universal)
  • 1975: CCPP (Flamophone)
  • 1979: Ordinary Man (Casablanca)
  • 1979: Look Out (Casablanca)
  • 2000: Sud
  • 2002: Trio Sud (the album is credited as the Sylvain Luc)
  • 2008: Young and Fine
  • 2013: Ligne Sud Trio (Cristal)
  • 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

  • 1964 The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
  • 1973: Grappelli-Ponty (America), featuring Maurice Vander, Philippe Catherine, Tony Bonfils and Andre Ceccarelli
  • 1972: Jonasz
  • 1981: New Life
  • 1974: Je t'aime, je t'aime, je t'aime
  • 1975: A New Kind of Band (Disques Balance)
  • 1979: Love Explosion
  • 1981: Big Band
  • 1984: Solal and His Orchestra play Hodeir
  • 1987: Masters (Carlyne Music)
  • 1987: Turbulence
  • 1987: Live in Paris
  • 1989: Victim of Love
  • 1990: In Montreux
  • 1993: Keeping Tradition
  • 1995: Love and Peace – A Tribute to Horace Silver (Verve)
  • 1997: Dear Ella
  • 2011: Midnight Sun
  • 1990: Scène De Vie
  • 1991: What You See Is What You Sweat
  • 1992: Turkoise
  • 1992: Tribute to Mingus (Adda)
  • 1992: California Daydream (Musidisc)
  • 1992: Standards (Blue Note), including with Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen
  • 1994: Live in Marciac (Dreyfus Jazz), including with Chris Minh Doky
  • 2001: Exploring the Music of Serge Gainsbourg (Night Bird Music)
  • 2005: Live in Paris (Challenge)
  • 2008: Woman's Perfume (CAM Jazz), with Dominique Di Piazza
  • 2012: Joyful (Bonsaï Music)
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