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Gare Du Nord

Gare du Nord is a Dutch-Belgian jazz duo, originally consisting of Doc (Ferdinand Lancée) and Inca (Barend Fransen). Doc played guitar and Inca plays saxophone, while both perform vocals. As of 2011, this is no longer true - see below. History edit: 2001-2005 edit: Dutch guitarist Ferdinand Lancée (real surname: Dousenbach) and saxophone player Barend Fransen (born January 4, 1959 in Helmond) started working together in 2001, when they started writing lounge music in Belgium. They signed a record deal with Play It Again Sam Records in Brussels, and released the albums (In Search Of) Excellounge (2001) and Kind Of Cool (2002). Several songs are used in the soundtracks of the series Six Feet Under and the movie Ghost Rider (2007). In 2003, Gare du Nord goes on a tour through the Netherlands and Russia with a newly-formed band containing nine musicians. In their own Cell4-Studio in the Netherlands they record their third album: Club Gare du Nord (2005). This was done with the cooperation of French Jazz trumpet player Erik Truffaz and the gospel singers of the American Imani Fellowship Choir. Around that date (2005), Brand Fransen quits his job as president of dutch record store chain "Van Leest" to spend more time on the band . 2006 edit: On January 12, 2006, during Eurosonic in Groningen, the Underground Station Tour 2006 of Gare du Nord started. The jazz duo made the soundtrack for Stout, a book by Heleen van Royen and Marlies Dekkers. 2007-2008 edit: Gare du Nord recorded the single "Ride On" with British singer Paul Carrack. This song appears on their fourth album, Sex 'n' Jazz (2007). The album is the first part of a so-called love trilogy. In addition to Carrack, the album is vocally supported by Italian singer Dorona Alberti, as well as soul singer Marvin Gaye in the song "You're My Medicine". The song can be heard in Sexual Healing, an American biographical movie from director Lauren Goodman about the last years of Marvin Gaye's life. The song was also released as a single. On April 28, Gare du Nord received a golden record for their debut album (In Search Of) Excellounge. In late 2007, Gare du Nord went on the Theatre Tour Sex 'n' Jazz. Sales of Sex 'n' Jazz earned the duo a second golden record in October 2007, given by fashion designer Marlies Dekkers. On October 15, a Gold Edition of Sex 'n' Jazz was released out with six newly recorded tracks. 2009 edit: The second part of the love trilogy, entitled Love for Lunch, was released in May 2009, again the cover designed by Marlies Dekkers. "Dish of the Day", the second track of the album, became a single. Track 3 of the album is Gare du Nord's interpretation of the Summertime jazz standard. 2011 edit: The band Gare du Nord is now separated from the project Gare du Nord. The band will perform on stage without Ferdi or Barend. The new band consists of: Dorona Alberti (vocals), Paul Ensink (sax), Oscar Stone (drums), Arthur Antoine (keys), Frank di Angelis (bass), Aron Raams (guitar), Ferdi and Barend are going to focus on the new album and a movie. On October 3, 2011, the new album Lilywhite Soul was presented in Amsterdam, again on the Blue Note label. This album contains a cover of Lou Reed's Perfect Day. 2012 edit: Two songs (a remake of Pablo's Blues and a new song Tarantino's Tango) are submitted for the new Quentin Tarantino movie Django Unchained. These songs will also be present on a new album, called Rendezvous 8:02 that will be released on June 4.

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