Félix Lemerle is a New York City-based jazz guitarist, composer & educator. Born in Paris, France, the son of an upright bass player, he was exposed to jazz at an early age. After studying classical piano at the conservatory, he taught himself guitar in his teens and started performing around town and in Europe in various clubs and festivals. After graduating from the CRR de Paris, he was granted a Fulbright scholarship to CUNY Queens College in New York, where he got his Master in Jazz Performance. He performed in many different settings, from solo to big band, in festivals & clubs in Europe & the United States such as Chris' Jazz Cafe, BLU Jazz+, Dirty Dog, Jules Bistro, Little Branch, Sunset/Sunside, Jazz in Marciac, as a leader & sideman with the likes of Ari Roland, Cyrille Aimée, Joanna Sternberg, Freddie Redd, Jay Rattman, Danny Tobias, Jon de Lucia, Ryo Sasaki, Tako Okamoto, Murray Wall, Joe Cohn, Ed Howard, André Villéger, René Mailhes, Nicolas Dary, René Urtreger, Luigi Grasso, Alain Jean-Marie, Gilles Naturel, Manhu Roche, etc. He also recorded as a sideman with Nathan Brown, Neil Saidi, Juliette Davis, etc. He is currently in preparation of his first album, featuring his regular trio, Ari Roland on bass & Doron Tirosh on drums, with special guests.
Awards & Scholarships
2nd prize Śmietana Guitar Competition — Kraków, Poland '15
Fulbright Scholar '14
1st prize Eddie Lang Guitar Contest — Monteroduni, Italy '12
Master of Music in Jazz Studies (Jazz Performance) — CUNY Queens College '16
DEM Jazz et Musiques Improvisées — CRR de Paris '12