Concert: Laurent Coq Dialogue Trio, a Jazz Night Made in France

Laurent Coq Dialogue Trio: Nicolas Pelage, Ralph Lavital and Laurent Coq
Nicolas Pelage, Ralph Lavital & Laurent Coq: “Laurent Coq Dialogue Trio”


Accompanied by guitar player Ralph Lavital and singer Nicolas Pelage, French musician and composer Laurent Coq – one of France’s most prominent jazzmen– will be bringing his experience and talent to the Atlanta scene for a unique performance this fall.

On the following day, Laurent Coq will give a Masterclass for all Jazz Studies majors.

Sunday, October 19 at 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Rialto Center for the Arts (80 Forsyth Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30303 & Georgia State University, Atlanta GA)
To purchase tickets, please visit: http://rialto.gsu.ed


WHEN: Monday, October 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
WHEN: Rialto Center for the Arts (80 Forsyth Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30303)
The session is open to other students of jazz. To attend, please contact Dr. Gordon Vernick, head of Jazz Studies,

Directions: For information on directions and suggestions to park, please visit:

A city of Marseille native, Laurent Coq began his classical training, learning piano at the age of 7. At 18, he
moved to Paris and enrolled in France’s number one jazz school, CIM. In 1994, then 24, he received a grant to study in New York where his encounter with local musicians led to the creation of his Quartet. After many successful years as a recording artist and a film score composer, Coq settled in New York in 2000. In 2004, he formed the Laurent Coq Trio, which was to become the Laurent Coq Dialogue Trio, a name given after Coq’s eighth album as a leader, “Dialogue“. Along with guitar player Ralph Lavital (who was once was a student in his composition class) and singer Nicolas Pelage – both of French Caribbean decent – Coq has created a unique sound blending jazz to the enchanting melody of Caribbean songs, an incredible musical journey at the crossroads of different cultures.

“Consisting mainly of duets between French pianist and his composition-student guitarist Ralph Lavital, the aptly named Dialogue thrives on a loose spontaneity and easy intimacy. (…) These casual, breezy exchanges easily stray from pleasantries to profundities and back again. (…) The pair’s lengthy, personal discourse expresses a meeting of minds that will reward those who eavesdrop.”

– Shaun Brady, Jazziz


This France-Atlanta 2014 event is organized and made possible with the help of our partners: