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Alex Delcourt: New Kid on the Philly Block

A young French bassist makes new friends in the City of Brotherly Love

Alex Delcourt
Alex Delcourt (photo: Susan Medina)

Who would ever have expected a young man from a tiny medieval town 10 kilometers outside of Versailles to land in the gritty center of Philly jazz? Many of us in the Quaker City would have expected nothing less after meeting Alex Delcourt, a self-taught French bassist who had James Jamerson licks burned into his brain from an early age.

Delcourt attended the School of Modern Music in Paris after high school, but things didn’t really begin to click musically until he got a chance to visit Philadelphia, tagging along with a drummer friend who had a gig here. Alex bumped into one of the city’s top bassists, Steve Beskrone, when he signed up for a year-long exchange program at the University of the Arts. Within moments, Hank Mobley’s “This I Dig of You” was ringing in his head.

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