Frédéric  Yonnet
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Frédéric Yonnet


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"Jazz on a Diatonic Harmonica"

"Harmonica has played a monumental role in the blues idiom but in jazz it has been employed successfully by only several musicians, Toots Thielemans, Howard Levy and Frédéric Yonnet coming to mind as three who have made significant contributions in the instrument."

- W. Royal Stokes/Jazz Times

"Insane Soul"

Frederic Yonnet... he plays the harmonica with and insane amount of soul! -

"Torrents of Emotion"

"Fred has an extraordinary ability for wringing torrents of emotion out of that tiny instrument, the harmonica."

- Rhome Anderson/

"A True Virtuoso"

"A true virtuoso."
- Eric Brace/Washington Post

"Dvae Chappelle on Yonnet"

"I didn't know I liked the harmonica until I heard this guy [Frederic Yonnet].

"[Yonnet is] America's next Harmonic Lauret... if there is such a post." - Dayton Daily News


2005 Front & Center
2001 Blowing Your Mind In Every Key of the Harp



When it comes to the harmonica, French-born harmonicist Frédéric Yonnet knows how to turn skeptics into believers. Most people perceive the harmonica as a "side" instrument used in country and blues. However, Yonnet is one of a handful of musicians to successfully demonstrate the harmonica's versatility as a lead instrument in contemporary jazz, as well as other genres of music.

Just listen to his sound. It funks. It rocks. It hips and hops. It grooves. It sways. It testifies. It prays. It has a reverence for blues and jazz while appealing to a generation raised on pop-rock and hip-hop. As part of a new wave of musicians emerging from Europe's jazz underground, Yonnet is poised to change the way the music industry and enthusiasts regard the "pocket" instrument.

Born in Normandy, France, Yonnet picked up the harmonica after a short stint as a drummer. "I got fired a lot because I kept trying to play the melody," said Yonnet. Eventually, he revisited an instrument he had received as a child. "The harmonica allowed me to play both the melody and the rhythm, "said Yonnet. "Plus the harmonica is much lighter to carry than the drums."

Yonnet's latest CD project positions the artist where he and his music deservingly need to be -- Front and Center . The harmonica takes the lead when Yonnet brings it out front and demonstrates its versatility and range. In Front and Center, Yonnet and his band covers songs like Boogie On Reggae Woman, Days of Wine and Roses, For the Love of You and God Bless the Child . With Front and Center , Yonnet orients listeners to the musical capabilities of the harmonica by keeping much of the music familiar. He pays homage to one of his musical inspirations, Stevie Wonder, with a fast-paced version of Boogie On Reggae Woman . In Days of Wine and Roses , Yonnet shuffles up-tempo workouts with African, Latin and European rhythms to add some "Afropean spice" to the jazz standard. Yonnet goes all out with his bluesy, high-energy interpretation of God Bless the Child.

"Including a range of standards and popular cover songs in my repertoire allows people to focus less on the tune and more on my interpretation through the harmonica." And that's not hard to do. After listening to the harmonica virtuoso, one is left in awe of his technical mastery of all twelve keys of the harmonica.

While Yonnet's CDs are impressive, it is his live performances that get all the praise. His high energy and ability to play chromatic scales on the diatonic harmonica gives him an unlimited range of notes and sounds, of which he takes full advantage. He demonstrates his command of technique and skill by masterfully bridging the gap between the diatonic and chromatic harps -- impressing fans of both.