«If jazz today has a vertical (by its long history) and horizontal (by its universality) dimension, the “diagonal” ideally describes the direction chosen by J-C Cholet: to go from one to the other through this oblique and ascending way which crosses all the musical landscapes, from the most traditional to the most contemporary.
Founded in 1990 under the name of Odéjy Octet (Orchestre Départemental de Jazz de l'Yonne (Jazz Orchestra of Departement Yonne)), Diagonal (renamed thus in 1999) resolutely turns the back to the conventional repertoire of jazz (if indeed there is one!) to draw its inspiration from European heritage. As a direct heritage of the Duke Ellington of the fifties and sixties - from which he is sometimes not so distant as a pianist - Cholet converts his suites into ambitious impressions of travel (real or imaginary) through the géo-cultural areas of the old continent. Followed by the “Suite Alpestre” (1997, in collaboration with Mathias Rüegg of the Vienna Art Orchestra) , "English Sounds & Irish Suite " (2001), "Slavonic Tone" (2003), and then, the program “French Touch” created in 2007 on the National Scene of Chateauroux » Gérald Arnaud
The last project “Last night in Tunisia” is a project which proposes to gather on stage the refinement of Arab music and singing with the burning ember of the rhythms of current jazz. The art of the maqâms (modal essence of Arab music) associated with rich harmonic progressions, the subtle art of variation confronted with the one of an unslung collective improvisation already let imagine the richness of this project where the traditional musical instruments will set up dialogue with a sextet of a bedeviled groove.