Daniel Humair (drums) PDF Print
Daniel Humair was born in 1938 in Geneva. He is seen as one of the finest European percussionists in New Jazz. Daniel started to play percussion at the early age of seven. In 1955, after winning the amateur prize at the International Zurich Jazz Festival, he became a professional musician. In 1958 he settled in Paris, where he played with Lucky Thompson, Oscar Pettiford, Kenny Dorham and Chet Baker. In 1959 he formed his first trio with the pianist Martial Solal. In the late '60s he became a member of Phil Woods' European Rhythm Machine and of a trio with the violinist Jean-Luc Ponty and the organist Eddy Louiss. Later he went on tour regularly with Stephane Grappelli, J.L. Ponty, George Grunz, Jim Hall, Herbie Mann, Lee Konitz and Anthony Braxton, before forming the most progressive of the French trios of those years with the bassist Henri Texier and the saxophonist Francois Jeanneau. In the '70s he, in addition, started to work with Joachim Kühn and J.F. Jenny-Clark. Until the death of Jean-Francois Jenny-Clark the later trio was his main musical focus. Daniel Humair was always a man for "special occasions". Witness his ensembles featuring Bob Berg or John Scofield, David Friedman or Larry Schneider or his co-operation with Martial Solal and Michel Portal. In 1991 Daniel went on tour with "Quatre" featuring Enrico Rava, Franco D'Andrea and the bassist Miroslav Vitous. A regular guest with the EUROPEAN JAZZ ENSEMBLE since 1996, from 1997 on Daniel has been a member of a trio that includes Charlie Mariano and Ali Haurand. Besides his musical work Daniel is a dedicated painter.