Drummer Manu Katché blossomed as a contemporary jazz drummer and bandleader after having played with his share of popular musicians such as Peter Gabriel and Sting. After issuing a demo for the Zildjian cymbal company in 1999, he joined the ECM stable of artists, releasing his breakout recording, Neighbourhood, with help from labelmates Jan Garbarek, Tomasz Stanko, and Stanko bandmembers Marcin Wasilewski and Slawomir Kurkiewicz. Katche's ECM follow-up, Playground, came out in 2007. From 2003 to 2007, Katché was a judge for Nouvelle Star, the French television version of American Idol. Beginning in January 2008, he hosted the monthly program One Shot Not. ~ Michael G. Nastos
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