ABOUT

Félix Lemerle (pronounce fe-leeks luh-murl) is a New York City-based jazz guitarist, composer & educator.

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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. He graduated from the CRR de Paris, then was granted a Fulbright scholarship to CUNY Queens College in New York, where he got his Master in Jazz Performance.

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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, Fat Cat, Little Branch, Jazz in Marciac, Sunset/Sunside, Vibrato, The Nash, The Jazz Corner, Highlights in Jazz, Jazz at Jackson, Silo's, Miami Jazz Co-op, as a leader & sideman with the likes of Jimmy Cobb, Peter & Will Anderson, Freddie Redd, Buster Williams, Ari Roland, Tardo Hammer, Brian Lynch, Chris Byars, Dominick Farinacci, Veronica Swift, Cyrille Aimée, Joanna Sternberg, Chuck Redd, Michael Valeanu, Ed Howard, Jay Rattman, Murray Wall, René Urtreger, André Villéger, René Mailhes, Nicolas Dary, Manhu Roche, Ricky Alexander, Mike Davis, Danny Tobias, Jon de Lucia, Ryo Sasaki, Taro Okamoto, Joe Cohn, Luigi Grasso, Pasquale Grasso, Alain Jean-Marie, Gilles Naturel, etc. He also recorded as a sideman with Nathan Brown, Neil Saidi, Yoav Trifman, Juliette Davis, etc.

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Félix regularly performs with his trio, featuring Ari Roland on bass & Doron Tirosh on drums. He is also part of the collaborative band RAISE FOUR with Dan Yuval von Weisselberg on bass, Iftah Kary on piano & Doron Tirosh on drums.
Awards & Scholarships

Fulbright Scholar '14

Jarek Śmietana Guitar Competition
 2nd prize — Kraków, Poland '15

Eddie Lang Guitar Contest

1st prize — Monteroduni, Italy '12

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Education

CUNY Queens College

MA in Jazz Performance
New York, USA '16


CRR de Paris

 DEM Jazz & Improvised Music
Paris, France '12