While all red and gold "the fallen leaves drift by the window,"recalling "summer kisses, the sunburned hands," let's keep the warmth and joy of summer days and meet up with old friends, make new connections among alumni from top universities, share ideas, projects, news, smiles, a drink or two, and enjoy great jazz music together!
Ivy Plus European Leaders
HEC International Development
are delighted to invite you to their annual
Evening in Paris
Tuesday 10 October 2023 - from 7:00pm
Hotel Melia Vendôme
American Professional Saxophonist
Former US Diplomat
Oliver Griffith has been playing professionally for over 40 years, and during a 20-year career as a US diplomat in Africa, South America, and Europe. After studying ethnomusicology and jazz at Wesleyan University, he earned a Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory. He also studied Jazz at the Berklee School of Music in Boston, and classical flute at the Richard Strauss Konservatorium in Munich. He also earned a diploma from ENA in Paris.
In his diverse musical career, Oliver Griffith has played with American Singer Mary Wilson & The Supremes, American jazz trumpeter Ted Curson, South American Grammy Award-winning singer Franco de Vita, as well as big bands in Boston, New York, Washington, and Hamburg, including those of George Russell and Herb Geller. He has led jazz combos in Rwanda, the Central African Republic, Venezuela, Trinidad, Uruguay, Guatemala and France, performed in famed clubs, concert halls, cultural centers, radio and TV stations, and recorded four CDs.
In Paris, Oliver was Director General of the American Chamber of Commerce (Am Cham-France) and Head of Communications for the World Bank. Since his retirement in 2016, he concentrates fulltime on music, performing with some of France's top musicians.
At our HEC-IPEL After-work, Oliver Griffith will be accompanied by Sylvestre Planchais,
one of France’s top guitarists and a noteworthy composer.
Entrance is free - Drinks are at negotiated prices
We look forward to welcoming you !