October 2nd 2020: Release of the album “Saz Blues”, 5 original songs written and recorded during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, from March to July 2020.

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April 2020: Keter wins best “World Beat album” & “Rachamim” best “World Beat song’ at the 18th Independent Music Awards.

January 2019: Tzadik Records release “Keter” independently.

recorded by JC Maillard (SazBass) & Sofia Rei (Vocals), part of John Zorn’s Masada Book 3 collection. Find it at

August 13. 2018

Last show of an amazing summer tour: JC Maillard, Omar Hakim, Rachel Z, Linley Marthe:

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Oz @Reunion Island

June 26. 2018

Lisa Fischer & JC Maillard performing with the ?Georgian Philharmonic Orchestra for the “Golden Wave Awards” ceremony, in Tbilisi, Georgia.


May 25, 2018

New video uploaded:

May 23, 2018

New videos uploaded:

April 17, 2018

Happy to share the first review of Sofia Rei & JC Maillard’s “Keter” album, part of?The Book Of Beriah, the final 92 compositions that complete the 25-year John Zorn’s Masada legacy: here

March 27, 2018

Interview of JC Maillard in “the Music and Myth“, about creating “Keter”.

8th through 16th of March 2018

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Lisa Fischer & JC Maillard with the Alonzo King Lines Ballet @ Chaillot, Theatre National de la Danse, Paris, France. Read about it in “Le Monde“:

16th through 18th of March 2018

3 Performances with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, program “Just A Kiss Away”:

2015, August 5th: Ms. Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton @Newport Jazz Festival

“Singer Lisa Fischer, a veteran of the Rolling Stones’ backup chorale and a star of the documentary 20 Feet from Stardom, torched “Fever,” the Little Willie John standard long owned by Peggy Lee, with aerial rapture over the tropicalia-Police-like jamming of her trio, Grand Baton.”?here

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2015, April 24th:

“The show was essentially a collaboration between Ms. Fischer and J.C. Maillard […] the single best show I?ve seen in the many years I?ve visited Birdland”

A New York Times review of Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton, live at Birdland, here


2015, April 17th: A short video interview of JC presenting “Carnal Carnival”

Grand Baton – Autoproduction Sacem by SACEM

2015, March 29th: A review of the latest Grand Baton album, “Carnal Carnival”

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– “Essentially a hybrid composition of rock and dubstep elements with the temperament of Caribbean carnival music and the ?vocabulary of the Ka drum?.[?]Carnal Carnival is a testament to Maillard?s versatility as a songwriter and his dauntlessness in experimenting with and expanding on music with a long-established heritage.[?] As a modern, urban work of music Grand Baton?s Carnal Carnival succeeds on every level.? It?s a bold new approach to a deep-rooted musical heritage, a thoughtful tribute to the musicality of an instrument and ultimately just an all out entertaining album.[?]it?s what I call a record with balls!? – Andrei Cherascu (

Read the full review on The Music And Myth!!!