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Born in Paris, Laïka is the first French artist to be signed by Universal Jazz. Here she recorded the “Look At Me Now” and “Misery” albums coproduced by Robert Glasper, and recorded on “Nebula” produced by Meshell Ndegeocello, and “Come a Little Closer” produced by Jay Newland and arranged by Gil Goldstein. The album artwork for “Come a Little Closer” was created by Sylvia Plachy, renowned photographer and mother of American actor Adrien Brody.With her talent deeply rooted in Paris, Laika was often called on to accompany various artists such as: Vanessa Paradis, Tonton David and Assassin (Rockin ‘Squat) and was featured on pianist Ran Blake’s recording of “Cocktails At Dusk”. In 2016, Laika was showcased on Disney’s homage recording entitled “Jazz Loves Disney” alongside Gregory Porter, Melody Gardot and Jamie Cullum.

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Laïka is also an rising actress. She has worked on and performed in a variety of television and theater productions such as:

“The Six Companions and The Black Princess” | Character: The Black Princess | TV series | TF1 | France

“A Drum is a Woman” | Character: Madame Zajj | Directed by Jérôme Savary and Music by Duke Ellington | National Theater of Chaillot | France

“Los Sobrinos del Capitan Grant” | Character: Princess Maori
A Play by Paco Mir | La Zarzuela Theater | Madrid | Spain

Celestina Del Sol | Character: Celestina Del Sol | A Play by José Rivera | Opera-Jazz Directed by François Rancillac | Set to Music by Laurent Cugny | Performed at the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris and the Anger-Nantes Opéra

Issey Miyake | Muse | The Japanese designer selected Laïka as his “European Muse” for the Tokyo Universal Exhibition | Tokyo | Japan

Performed at the Luminato Festival | 70th Birthday Concert for Joni Mitchell at Massey Hall | Toronto | Canada


Grammy nominated, Christopher Thomas was born in 1970 in St. Louis, Missouri. Although he’s the only musician in his family, he took to music as if he were a born legacy. His musical venture began with the violin, then quickly gravitated towards the cello. The older and bigger he grew, so did his instruments. Enter the Double Bass!!!

He began his bass studies under the guidance of Henry Lowe, Principal Bassist of the St. Louis Symphony. He later attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison where he studied under the tutelage of Richard Davis. He continued his education at the University of New Orleans, studying music fundamentals, jazz improvisation and played weekly shows with his mentor and teacher, Mr. Ellis Marsalis.

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Marcus Roberts | 1989-1990 | at 18 yrs old
Global Tour |  Recorded “Deep In The Shed”

Ellis Marsalis | 1989-1991
Studied music | Global Tour | Recorded

Betty Carter | 1992-1993
Global Tour | Recorded “Jazz at Lincoln Center presents: The Fire Of Fundamentals”

Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra/Wynton Marsalis | 1993 | US Tour

Harry Connick Jr.  | 1993 | US Tour | Recorded 2 Christmas specials

Terrence Blanchard | 1993-1995 | Global Tour | Recorded “The Billy Holiday Songbook”, “Romantic Defiance” | Recorded on film soundtracks: “Clockers”, “The Inkwell”, “Trail By Jury,” and “Crooklynn”

Joshua Redman | 1995-1997 | Global Tour | Recorded “Live from the Village Vanguard: Spirit Of The Moment” and “Freedom In The Groove” and a Christmas Special

Marianne Faithful | 1998-1999 | Global Tour | Recorded “Vagabond Ways”

Daniel Lanois | 1997-Current | Global Tour and recorded on “Shine”, “Black Dub” & most recent record “Flesh and Machine”

Everlast  | 2000-2002| Global Tour | Recorded “Eat At Whiteys”, “White Trash Beautiful” and “Love, War and the Ghost of Whitey Ford”

Macy Gray | 1998-2003 | Toured extensively world wide and wrote/recorded on “The Trouble With Being Myself” the song “Come Together”

The Soul Of John Black | 1997-Current |  Co-partner of group | US Tour | Wrote/Recorded “The Soul Of John Black”, songs on “Black John” and “Good Thang”

Ray Lamontagne | 2005-2006 | Global Tour | Recorded “Live at Bonnaroo”

Brian Blade and The Fellowship Band | 1997-Current | Global Tour | Recorded “Brian Blade Fellowship”, “Perceptual”, “Season Of Change”, “Landmarks” (which is Grammy nominated for “Best Jazz Improvised Album” 2014) and current recording “Body and Shadow” out now.

Brain Blade “Mama Rosa Band” |  2000-Current | Global Tour | Recorded on debut “Mama Rosa”

Ayo | 2013-2014 | European Tour (Primarily France)

Laïka | 2011-Current | Global Tour (Primarily France)

Jean-Louis Murat | 2015-2016 | Global Tour (Primarily France) | Recorded “Morituri”

Norah Jones |  2016-Current | Recorded on latest album release entitled “Day Breaks” | Global Tour

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