Saxophonist/composer Sedric Choukroun (pronounce Shukroon) hails from PARIS (France), where he graduated from both the Lili and Nadia Boulanger Conservatory of Music and La Sorbonne School of Law. Choukroun began his professional career performing with David Khatile’s Salsa Company, Gypsy Jazz Trio “Sax-a-cordes”, and Chamber Music Metasax Quartet. He soon began forming his own bands and in 1998 went on to lead an 18-piece Big Band. Mr. Choukroun was also very involved in teaching Saxophone, Music Theory and Ensemble classes at various Community Centers and Schools in France.
After moving to New York in 2001, Choukroun became Saxophonist-In-Residence at Marjorie Eliot’s Sunday concerts (Parlor Entertainment) in Harlem’s historic “Sugar Hill”. There, he began playing with Jazz Masters Harold Ousley, Cecil Bridgewater, Benny Powell and Jimmy Owens, to name a few. Around the same time, he joined Charles McGee’s D.C. Big Band and recorded with vocalist Ayana Lowe (“Knock me a kiss”, “Ghosts of women” Bashi-Productions).
In August 2003, Choukroun recorded his 1st ALBUM as a leader “Sedric Choukroun/ IN THE PARLOR” (CAP-979) on the prestigious Consolidated Artists Productions label. Cadence Magazine reviewer Budd Kopman called it “one of the special discs in my collection”.
Jazz Improv’ wrote “it is good music, (that) has an honesty and directness into which the performers disappear, leaving only the music”.
In 2001, Sedric added the Flute to his arsenal and in 2007 started performing on Clarinet as well as Tenor and Soprano Saxophone.