Vintage French Jazz with sheet music

Vintage Paris Jazz with sheet music


00:00 Stéphane Grappelli & le Hot Club de France – Are You In The Mood ? 02:47 Philippe Brun & son Orchestre – P.B. Flat Blues 05:42 Léo Chauliac & son Ensemble – Rue de la Paix 08:56 Hubert Rostaing & son Orchestre – Oui, C’est Ca 11:33 Gus Viseur & son Orchestre – Swing 42 14:14 Aimé Barelli & son Orchestre – Riviera 17:03 André Ekyan & son Orchestre – Blues of Yesterday 19:37 Michel Warlop & son Septuor à Cordes – Tempête sur les Cordes 22:05 Jerry Mengo & Le Jazz de Paris – Hôtel de la Gare 24:26 The Hot Club Swing Stars – Daphné 27:13 Alix Combelle & Le Jazz de Paris – Verlaine 30:30 Noël Chiboust & son Orchestre – Goût du Jour 33:24 Pierre Allier & son Orchestre – Jam Men 36:02 Django Reinhardt & le Hot Club de France – In a Sentimental Mood 39:01 Ray Ventura & ses Collégiens – I Got Rhythm 42:01 Alex Renard & son Orchestre – Nuages

Jazz music has been popular in France since the 1920s. Its international popularity peaked in the 1930s, and it has been continually enjoyed since.

Following World War I, a number of American expatriates settled in Paris and began to build up a jazz scene. France did not suffer from racial discrimination as much as the US, so a mixture of musical styles from different cultures began to emerge. As with Brazil, the French were at first concerned it was too American of an influence before “making it their own.” Although in the case of the French the adjustment proved faster as by the 1930s jazz had become acceptable.

Between the 1930s and 1950s, the biguine, a style of jazz from the French Caribbean was popular among dance orchestras. Lacking recognition at home, several biguine artists from Martinique moved to mainland France, where they achieved greater popularity in Paris, especially in the wake of the colonial exhibition in 1931. Early stars like Alexandre Stellio and Sam Castandet became popular in Paris. An important event in that is the creation of the Quintette du Hot Club de France in 1934. This is among the most significant jazz groups in European history.

Starting in the late 1940s the Le Caveau de la Huchette would become an important place for French and American jazz musicians. Many American jazz artists have lived in France from Sidney Bechet to Archie Shepp. These Americans would have an influence on French jazz, but at the same time French jazz had its own inspirations as well. For example, Bal-musette had some influence on France’s form of Gypsy jazz. Similarly, the violin, and to an extent the guitar, were traditionally more popular in French jazz than American. Related to that, Jean-Luc Ponty and Stéphane Grappelli are among the most well-respected violinists in the history of jazz. That stated, the violin is also popular in Eastern European jazz.

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