The SouL’D Out Band
My name is Olivier Court. I am a Parisian pianist, composer, and arranger. A year ago, I moved to Harlem to explore American music , specifically African American music. Previously in Paris, I performed professionally with varying singers and Jazz groups including anything from trios to quintets. Upon graduating from Conservatory of Bourg La Reine, I taught for two years in a music school. I felt a deep calling and decided to move to New York. I am currently attending the City College BFA Jazz Performance program. I perform all around the city in places in Harlem, Manhattan and Brooklyn with places including the Shrine, Billie’s Black, Branded Saloon, Klimat, and the Williamsburg Music Center.
We started Soul’D Out last December. It is a seven piece band with four horns (Trumpet, Trombone, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone and a rhythm section (bass, drums and I on keyboard). The band is composed of American, European performers. Through original compositions and arrangements, we try to give back to life a certain type of sound from late 60′s early 70′s Soul, Jazz and Gospel. We are mainly influenced by bands like the Cannonball Adderley quintet, King Curtis, The Memphis Horns, Jimmy Mc Griff, etc.
Why do you want to participate in the Harlem Arts Festival?
Harlem represents many things to me. It not only represents the heart of the music I aspire to one day master, but the community and people I respect and admire. It is genuine just like the music I try to create. There is an honesty I encounter here, I haven’t felt in other parts of the city or the world. It would be an honor to be a part of this festival and to share in this community I call home.