A New York Saxophonist
Saxophonist/composer Sedric Choukroun (pronounce Shukroon) hails from PARIS (France), where he graduated from both the Lili and Nadia Boulanger Conservatory of Music and La Sorbonne School of Law. Choukroun began his professional career performing with David Khatile’s Salsa Company, Gypsy Jazz Trio “Sax-a-cordes”, and Chamber Music Metasax Quartet. He soon began forming his own bands and in 1998 went on to lead an 18-piece Big Band. Mr. Choukroun was also very involved in teaching Saxophone, Music Theory and Ensemble classes at various Community Centers and Schools in France.
Playing Concerts In Harlem
After moving to New York in 2001, Choukroun became Saxophonist-In-Residence at Marjorie Eliot’s Sunday concerts (Parlor Entertainment) in Harlem’s historic “Sugar Hill”. There, he began playing with Jazz Masters Harold Ousley, Cecil Bridgewater, Benny Powell and Jimmy Owens, to name a few. Around the same time, he joined Charles McGee’s D.C. Big Band and recorded with vocalist Ayana Lowe (“Knock me a kiss”, “Ghosts of women” Bashi-Productions).
First Jazz Album
In August 2003, Choukroun recorded his 1st ALBUM as a leader “Sedric Choukroun/ IN THE PARLOR” (CAP-979) on the prestigious Consolidated Artists Productions label. Cadence Magazine reviewer Budd Kopman called it “one of the special discs in my collection”.
Jazz Improv’ wrote “it is good music, (that) has an honesty and directness into which the performers disappear, leaving only the music”.
In 2001, Sedric added the Flute to his arsenal and in 2007 started performing on Clarinet as well as Tenor and Soprano Saxophone.
Concerts, Private Events and Weddings In New York
Choukroun has served as Musical Director for Allure Special Events and is currently the Booking Agent for A Touch Of Jazz. As such, he leads groups including the finest artists in New York such as Adam Rafferty, Freddy Bryant, Roni Ben-Hur, Ron Jackson, Deanna Witkowski, Hilary Gardner and many others.
Sedric has been performing at numerous New York clubs: Lenox Lounge, Showman’s, 55 Bar, Triad but also the American Academy of Arts and Letters and Symphony Space. Choukroun kept regular engagements all over NYC: Parker Meridian Hotel, Gaetana’s West Village, Chez Oskar, Chez Lola (Brooklyn), Settepani and Brasserie Julien.
Playing For New York Celebrities
Among others, Sedric Choukroun has played for Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Manhattan City Councilman Robert Jackson, Society Reporter George Whipple. He also has been seen on TV channels NY1, CNN, NHK and ARTE.
All About Jazz called Choukroun : ” one of New York’s hidden treasures, a soulful man who speaks through his horn with gentle authority”.
“amNY” called him “Frenchman-about-town sax player Sedric Choukroun”.
The Manhattan Times said “S.C.’s playing paints a reminiscence of a smoky nightclub scene.”
Photo: pianist Marjorie Eliot and Sedric Choukroun at Somniac Art Gallery in East Harlem, NYC. Copyright: Elmar Lemes