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Hospitalized since the end of March, jazz guitarist Jacques Pellen died at the age of 63, we learned in the middle of the day.
A native of Brest, this lover of Portsall, near Ploudalmézeau, had gained notoriety over a career during which he rubbed shoulders with big names in the discipline. Among them, Peter Gritz, Kenny Wheeler, Bruno Nevez, Henri Texier, Riccardo Del Fra and the violinist Didier Lockwood.
But his phrasing influenced by guitarists like John Mac Laughlin and Pat Metheny or even by the pianist Keith Jarrett also took the Celtic accents of his Brittany. Thus, will we see him working throughout his rich career with Dan Ar Braz, Kristen Noguès, the Molard brothers, Soïg Sibéril, Mélaine Favennec…
He who learned the art of his instrument at the age of twelve, notably created the Celtic Procession in 1988, a collective of musicians, passionate about improvisation. Those who have had the chance to see Jacques Pellen in the 2000 estrets of Brest typing beef with Didier Squiban, Jean-Luc Roumier and the other local jazzmen will keep the memory of remarkable evenings at the Café de la Plage, in Vauban and elsewhere. .