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Guillaume Petite

Born in 1948 in the Paris suburbs, Guillaume Petite first receives a classical training, before discovering, listening to Ray Charles and Memphis Slim, that there are other ways of playing piano. He gets his first stage experiences with local blues bands in Normandy, before moving to Paris where he works as a sideman for many of the top French blues artists (incl. Patrick Verbeke, Benoît “Blue Boy” Billot, ..) and Jacques Higelin. He then interrupts his musical career for a little while, to finish his PhD in physics. The blues harp player and singer Sugar Blue brings him back to the stage, and encourages him to sing.
He then moves to the US for a couple of years, and works in the Boston area with several local blues bands. Back to France, he soon establishes himself as one of the top French blues piano players, which leads him to work with many US blues artists during their appearances there, such as : Ruth Brown, Louisiana Red, Carey Bell, Otis Grand, A.C. Reed, Marva Wright, Joe "Guitar" Hughes, Sam Peterson... . In 1989 he his selected to represent France at the "Beale Street Blues Festival" in Memphis TN, where he meets the "Beale ST. Queen", Ruby Wilson, for whom he works consistently through the 90's as a musical director for several appearances in France and around.
Since then, he put together his own band, uniting musicians of different origins and musical background, "Blues connexion", producing a blues-based music mixing Blues, R&B, Jazz and Funk, that is recognised as one of the highlights of the Paris blues scene. This band, together with a bunch of guests musicians sharing the same spirit, appears on the CD "Des hauts et des bas", which features songs both in French or English, firmly rooted in the blues, but with a special flavour.....
a sort of French touch.