About author : OLIVESI Leïla
Leïla Olivesi is a jazz piano player and composer, she graduated in musicology and philosophy and she is a specialist of the music of Duke Ellington.
In 2013, she received the Ellington Composers first price, an international big band composing competition. In 2015, she was commissioned and composed the Suite Andamane for symphonic orchestra , jazz big band and choir.
The albums she recorded with her jazz band received several prizes : Sacem price, Défi Jeune price, « coup de cœur » Charles Cros. She performed in many festivals as Jazz in Marciac, Jazz à Vienne, Ankara Jazz Festival, Festival Radio-France à Montpellier, Nouakchott jazz Festival, le Midem, Albertville Jazz Festival, Orléans Jazz Festival.
Her latest opus in 2019, Suite Andamane, gathers great musicians and soloists as Jean-Charles Richard, Glenn Ferris, Quentin Ghomari, Baptiste Herbin, Adrien Sanchez, Manu Codjia…
She’s also giving lectures about Duke Ellington’s music for the Maison du Duke in Paris, with Claude Carrière.
She teaches jazz piano and FM Jazz in parisian conservatories and at the American Conservatory in Paris : Koenig’s school. She’s also an educator at the P.S.P.B.B. (Pôle Supérieur de Paris et Boulogne Billancourt) and at the Sorbonne University. As a dedicated pedagogue, she created a lively way to learn FM Jazz through instrumental practice.