Teachers

Guitar

JOHARY RAKOTONDRAMASY

Johary has born in Madagascar and been raised since early childhood with Madagascar music.

Started guitar at the age of 8 with his father, he quickly learns various music styles.

He also took classes with famous local musicians, with an amazing rhythm sense.

He’s graduated from Conservatoire de Bordeaux and now teaches at CFPM, professional music academy in Bordeaux.

He plays in many jazz and rock bands like “Atrisma” and “Shob”, having travelled together in tours to places such as (China, Germany, Réunion, Latvia, Spain and many more)

Drums

SIMON RENAULT

Simon Renault plays drums since he’s 13 years old. He first played in Rock and Metal bands (Warattah, Thousand Ravens), opening acts for great bands like Gojira.

He is also influenced by Funk, Soul, Afrobeat and Jazz and plays now with “Shob” and “Evidence”, jazz fusion crew from Bordeaux (France).

With more than 500 shows, he has played with various famous artists such as Patrick Rondat, TM Stevens, Micheal Jones, Yarol Poupaud ..

He teaches music at the CIAM (Bordeaux) and give drum & bass master classes all over France with SHOB.

Bass

GEOFFREY « SHOB » NEAU

Shob is a bass player and composer who has released three Jazz Fusion albums on its own name.

Shob’s music is described as intense progressive rock/funk, played live by amazing musicians, and has been compared to Snarky Puppy, Marcus Miller, Herbie Hancock, Oz Noy and Larry Graham. He has played more than 1000 shows over the past 6 years, and his solo project allowed him to open for great Jazz artists such as Cory Henry, Scott Henderson, Dennis Chambers, Jeff Berlin, Oz Noy, and Gary Novak. He played in some of the greatest places such as: Natt Jazz (Norway), Ronnie Scott (London), Saulkrasti Jazz Festival (Latvia), Hell Fest open air (Mainstage France), Graspop Festival (Bel), Wacken Festival (Ger), Ziget Festival (Hung), Madrid Electric Music Festival, Elysée Montmartre (Paris), ST Emilion Jazz festival, Moscow, Rio, Sao Polo, Santiago Chile, Barcelone, St Barth, and Europe.

One thing defines Shob’s shows: GROOVE. And also technical virtuosity lovers won’t be disappointed.

SHOB YouTube channel

Vocal

MONIQUE THOMAS

Monique Thomas grew up listening to African American music such as jazz, gospel and soul.

She began to sing from very early age. To hone her craft, she studied classical and jazz with the likes of Rufus Reid, Vivian Lord, Norman Simmons, Noreen Grey-Sauls, Nan Guptil-Crain et Harold Mabern at William Paterson University.

In 1998, after starting her career in New York, she moved to France where she continued to develop her own style. Since then Monique has been touring extensively in Europe as well as Asia and Africa.

Her quartet “Monique Thomas Quartet” is a jazz/gospel quartet where she explore the New Orleans jazz repertoire, with some of her gospel roots added for good measure. This group features French musicians from Bordeaux and her longtime friends Didier Ottaviani (drums), Yann Penichou (guitar) and Herve Saint-Guirons on the organ for a more roots sound. If you like moving and powerful music you will definitely like “Monique Thomas Quartet”.

Monique sites Sassy, Ella, Billie, Dinah Washington, Carmen McRae and Betty Carter as some of her main influences. Her repertoire includes an eclectic mix of traditional favorite standards as well as some heavier jazz tunes by the likes of Monk, Nat and Cannonball Adderly and even Randy Weston.

Piano

TONY LAVAUD

Tony Lavaud is a multi-instrumentalist and composer from Bordeaux (France).

Professional musician for 15 years, his side man career allowed him to hit many countries with various artists (Omar Lye Fook – Charles X – Art Melody – Bastien Picot) and opened for many renown bands (The Cranberries, Scott Henderson, Denis Chambers, Jeff Berlin, Eric Legnini and many more).

In 2018 he releases his first solo album “Notes for Evolution” and learns artist direction and arrangement for pop rock music in Liverpool and for cinema.

He is also a founder of “Tones prod” – a company created in 2019 which specializes in music for movies and video games.

Winds

FRANCOIS MARIE MOREAU

Beginning with classical studies, he comes to jazz and modern music (Funk Soul, Afro…) He’s graduated with national Jazz degree.

He played in the most famous places in Paris like Baiser salé, le Caveau de la Huchette, Le divan du monde, la Guinguette pirate and many more. He also has played in great festivals such as Vienne, Marciac, Cognac, St Emilio and in others.

He plays in various funk and soul bands like Monk, Oakland, Akoda and Saxtape, SHOB, Bordeaux big band, Le Violon sur le sable, ONBA.