|Tags:||smooth jazz piano jazz alex bugnon cool jazz|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
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10 October 1958, Montreux, Switzerland. From a very early age Bugnon was exposed to the sounds of jazz, owing to his home towns internationally famed festival. He was influenced by the numerous noted jazz musicians who visited the festival, notably Herbie Hancock with whom he formed an early friendship. As Bugnons piano playing skills developed, he went to Paris where he continued with his ongoing studies. Meanwhile, he continuing to absorb jazz but was also influenced by diverse musical forms, including classical, R&B, gospel and funk. After Paris, he went to America to study at the Berklee College Of Music. While there he encountered the locally-based group, Gospel Leviticus, led by Clara Mahomes with whom he toured the Deep South. After graduating from Berklee, Bugnon moved to New York where he played in bands backing R&B performers including Najee and Patti Austin. His 1988 own-name recording debut, Love Season, was placed number 2 in...