The Kennedy Center

Frédéric Yonnet


Using an instrument that many have owned but few have mastered, urban jazz harmonicist Frédéric Yonnet displays musical skills and delivers stage performances that crush every preconceived notion you’ve ever had about the harmonica.

Yonnet presents the harmonica in a refreshing and modern context—as a lead instrument in urban jazz and hip hop. In his hands, the harmonica is stylish, it’s cool, and it’s brilliant. Yonnet’s impressive manner has landed him a tour with Prince and he can frequently be seen dueling on-stage with music legend Stevie Wonder; he’s performed with award-winning songwriter David Foster and Grammy Award winners Erykah Badu, John Legend, and India.Arie. Rolling Stone magazine referred to Yonnet as “Prince’s killer harmonica player” and praise from other influencers have affirmed his mission to change the way the music industry and enthusiasts regard the "pocket" instrument.

His first-of-its-kind release, Reed My Lips, gives listeners a peek at the creative process by sharing raw materials, artwork, and video concepts while the project is still under development. The exclusive material is available via download on
Frederic Yonnet