From an early age, Marie-Paule Franke was immersed in classical music, mostly because of her father who was a Jewish/German cellist and played freelance in the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. She soon learned to play the piano and as a young adult, she began to sing.
In a roundabout way through pop, rock, funk and chanson, jazz became her favorite genre.
In the nineties she took singing lessons with David Linx at the Royal Conservatory of Ghent (Belgium) and later master classes with the jazz vocalist Judy Niemack.
She has sung in several bands and is not only a versatile vocalist but also writes her own compositions and lyrics. Over the years she has developed a very personal style. The meeting between classical music, rock, pop and influences of jazz icons such as Billie Holiday, Abbey Lincoln, Blossom Deary and Joni Mitchel, can be felt in her work.
In 2010 she recorded her first album in collaboration with Erik Vermeulen (piano) and Jouni Isoherranen (electric bass). This collaboration, under the name ‘Marie-Paule Franke and her Dreamband’, led to the release of the album ‘Tales from a Lonely Room’ (March 2014).
A magical meeting that led to her new project:
In November 2018, while visiting the Jazz clubs in New York, she met multiple Grammy award winner John Benitez and this led to a collaboration.
In april this year (2019) they recorded the album‘Clouds’ which contains nine of her own compositions. The album is produced and arranged by John Benitez and recorded in the Mozart studio in New York (engineer Kostadin Kamcev).
The musicians she worked with for this album are John Benitez from Puerto Rico (electric bass and double bass) and frontrunner of the latin jazz. He recorded with Roy Hargrove’s Crisol Band, David Sanchez and played with Chick Corea and many others.
Norbert Stachel (tenor saxophon) is also kownv from playing with Roy Hargrove, David Weiss and Freddy Hubbard.
Fred DeChristofaro from New York (saxophon, flute, clarinet and bass flute) played in the Wallace Roney Orchestra en with David Weiss.
Drummer Francis Benitez, the son of John Benitez, (played together with his father with the Jim Ridl Quartet).
To put it in her words: “To have worked with these amazing people in the Mozart studio felt like a harmonious sequence of natural interactions that brought my music to a higher level and inevitably led to a magical result. I am delighted to share this experience with the world through this album and anxiously looking forward to performing it live, which will be the ultimate thrill”