Boulou Ferré was born in Paris on the 24th of April 1951 and has gypsy origin.
He started his musical studies at the age of seven with his father, Pierre Matelot Ferré, one of the main musicians of Django Reinhardt's and Stéphane Grappelli's Quintette du Hot Club de France.
Along with the study of jazz guitar he starts to study classical guitar with Francisco Gil and gives a first concert at the Guimet Museum at the age of eight.
Besides Boulou plays guitar he singing skat-style.
Few next lines quote from back-side of Boulou's first album FCS-4211
Boulou, nephew of the late, great quitarist, Django Reinhardt, was born in Paris 13 years ago. He "discovered" jazz when he heard hte Dizzy Gillespie recording of "Oop Bop Sh'Bam" when he was 5 old. When Boulou was 7 his father, "Matelot" Ferre, one of the fine guitarist in France, began to teach him. Before long, Boulou was able to sing along with the Gillespie and other jazz racordings.
Boulou's musical memory is already prodigious and he has learned, by heart, some of the best improvisations of the great jazzmen. His idols are Dizzy Gillespie, Charles Ventura, Cannonball Adderley and guitarist Django Reinhardt, Wes Montgomery and Tal Farlow. Listed among his favorite vocalists are Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Charles Aznavour, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Nana Mouskouri.
We believe you will be thrilled and excited when you hear what this 13 year old boy can do, because you will be listening to the music of a mature jazz musician, along with the pick of France's jazzmen.
The great French artists salute BOULOU:
Should one be willing to run the risk of allowing children to plunge into the "adult" world? ...Well, when the one we have in mind is a person whose musicianship is instinctive like that of BOULOU and when it appears at the age of 13-which is something to make your head spin--and when you realize that chances are he will play twice as well when he gats to be 26... there is a risk worth takeing, I say."
When music meet a child it is something like a marriage bond between a tiny flower and a butterfly. I am happy at the thought that all his life long, BOULOU will have music as his refuge. The two of them are so well matched!"
My dear Boulou--As one of your colleagues, I can't rid myself of the temptation to say to you that I wish I were your age and knew what I know now. What irks me only is that you already know now more than I do. You've got it made all right--and there are at least one hundred years ahead of you.