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Yvonnick Prené
Yvonnick Prené

Yvonnick Prené, a professional jazz musician, bandleader, composer, and educator, is one of the most unique and innovative harmonicists on the jazz scene today. Based in the greater New York City area, Yvonnick has carved a remarkable path in the world of jazz harmonica, leaving a trail of acclaimed albums and collaborations in his wake. With six albums as a leader, including the soul-stirring Jour de Fete (2013) and the mesmerizing New York Moments (2019), Yvonnick’s original compositions and arrangements have enchanted listeners worldwide. His latest recording, LISTEN!, produced by Jeremy Pelt, showcases the brilliance of his quintet and presents a fresh collection of original compositions.

In a recent engaging exchange, we had the privilege of posing a series of thought-provoking questions to the renowned jazz harmonica virtuoso, Yvonnick. Instead of the conventional text-based responses, Yvonnick opted to provide us with video replies, adding an extra layer of intimacy and authenticity to our conversation.

During our interaction, Yvonnick shared captivating anecdotes from his illustrious career, offering us a glimpse into the extraordinary journey that has shaped his musical identity. We delved into the depths of his artistic philosophy, exploring the creative processes that drive his compositions and performances.

Furthermore, Yvonnick generously unveiled details about his latest musical endeavors, giving us a sneak peek into the innovative directions he’s currently exploring. His passion for pushing boundaries and experimenting with different musical styles was evident as he discussed the evolution of his sound.

One of the highlights of our conversation was the exciting preview Yvonnick offered for his upcoming performance at the esteemed Zinc venue. Through the video medium, he seamlessly transported us into his world, sharing snippets of his rehearsals and discussing the unique elements he plans to infuse into his live gig. The anticipation was palpable as we listened to his candid insights about the setlist, the interactions with his fellow musicians, and the atmosphere he aims to create.

Yvonnick’s authenticity and genuine enthusiasm for his craft left us spellbound, reinforcing our excitement to witness the magic he is poised to conjure on the Zinc stage. The combination of his mastery of the harmonica, his rich musical background, and his innovative spirit promises an unforgettable evening of musical enchantment.

As we eagerly await the date of his performance, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to Yvonnick for sharing his time, wisdom, and artistry with us through the unique medium of video replies. This extraordinary conversation has deepened our appreciation for his music and heightened our anticipation for the musical journey he will embark upon at Zinc.


Yvonnick, it’s been an honor to explore your incredible musical journey and the innovative strides you’ve made in the world of jazz harmonica. We are truly inspired by your passion for teaching and your commitment to pushing the boundaries of this iconic instrument. On behalf of our readers, we extend our heartfelt gratitude for sharing your musical insights with us today. 

For more about Yvonnick Prené and his upcoming gigs, don’t forget to visit his website at, and be sure to catch his much-anticipated performance at Zinc on Tuesday, August 29.

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