The Daniel Gassin Crossover Band's name hints at the style of the music: an intersection of modern jazz and contemporary straight-beat influences. The group performs all original compositions written by Daniel Gassin.
The band's members fit the style of the music perfectly, with their diverse backgrounds and knowledge of multiple styles related to the jazz idiom. American vocal sensation and Montreux Jazz Festival Vocal Competition winner Alita Moses fronts the band, while US expatriate multi-instrumentalist Josiah Woodson, who was awarded a Grammy for his arranging work with Beyoncé, plays guitar. The rhythm section comprises Franco-Columbian double bassist Fabricio Nicolas-Garcia and French drummer Damien Françon.
In October 2019 the band performed at Juan-les-Pins Jazz Festival, where it was selected to perform a showcase at "Jammin' Juan." In November the band was a finalist at the Sibiu Jazz Competition, winning Second Prize.
Following on from its 5-track EP in 2019, the band will be releasing its debut album in March 2021.
Featuring Alita Moses - vocals, Josiah Woodson - guitar, Fabricio Nicolas-Garcia - double bass and Damien Françon - drums. Also featuring co-writers/lyricists Shola Adisa-Farrar and Josh Kyle.
Daniel formed his Sextet in 2008 after returning from the Banff International Workshop in Jazz & Creative Music in Canada.
In July 2011, the Daniel Gassin Sextet's debut self-titled album, featuring all original compositions, was released to critical acclaim and widespread national airplay. Later that year, the band performed at the Wangaratta International Jazz Festival.
The Sextet's album was nominated for Best Jazz Album at the Independent Music (AIR) Awards, and the track "Banff Song" also earned a nomination at the 2012 Jazz Bell Awards for Best Australian Jazz Song of the Year.
French lineup featuring Josiah Woodson - trumpet, David Fettmann - alto saxophone, Maxime Berton - tenor saxophone, Fabricio Nicolas-Garcia - double bass and Luc Isenmann - drums.
Daniel Gassin has released three recordings in trio format, including his debut album Roundtrip in 2004 (re-released on Vorticity Music in 2010). In 2006 the Trio recorded a live DVD, and in 2009 released Crossover, recorded by and for ABC Radio.
In addition to performing extensively in Australia and now France, the Daniel Gassin Trio has performed at the Dubai International Jazz Festival, the Queenstown International Jazz Festival, and also completed a five-concert tour of Sweden in 2016.
French lineup featuring Fabricio Nicolas-Garcia - double bass and Damien Françon - drums.