Following Benny Golson at around 9:45 p.m. is French pianist extraordinaire, Manuel Rocheman. A longtime favorite on the European jazz scene, Rocheman began his career at twelve years of age when he sat in on jam sessions in Paris jazz clubs. He studied in New York in 1980 where he was mentored by Tommy Flanagan and Jaki Bayard and by 1983 was performing professionally. Critics and the public delight with his playing. “He has what it takes, proves it unostentatiously, and never cheats,” wrote Francis Marmand in Le Monde.