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Humair, Daniel

Humair, Daniel, drums; b. Geneva, 23 May 1938. Humair already started to play percussion at the age of seven. In 1955 he became a professional musician, after winning the amateur prize at the International Zurich Jazz Festival. 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 the Ohil Woods "European Rhythm Machine", with the trio of the violinist Jean-Luc Ponty and of 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 he formed the most modern French trio of these years with bassist Henri Texier and saxophonist Francois Jeanneau.

In the 70s he also started to work with Joachim K'hn and J.F. Jenny-Clark. Until the death of Jean-Francois Jenny-Clark, the trio was his main focus.

Ensembles featured Bob Berg or John Scofield, David Friedman or Larry Schneider or his co-operation with Martial Solal and Michel Portal. In 1991 Humair was on tour with "Quatre fest. Enrico Rava, Franco D'Andrea and the bassist Miroslav Vitous. Since 1997 he has been a member of the trio with Charlie Mariano and Ali Haurand.

Besides his musical work, Humair is a dedicated painter.

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