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It is difficult to pin the multi-talented Michel Legrand down into one single category. This amazingly versatile French singer, songwriter, composer, arranger, conductor and producer has enjoyed a whirlwind career, excelling in an impressively broad range of domains from film soundtracks and French 'chanson' to jazz and classical music. An international star, who has won as much respect in the States as he has in Europe, Legrand is an insatiable musician whose creativity and ambition appear to know no bounds. Michel Legrand was born in Bécon-les-Bruyères, in the Paris suburbs, on 24 February 1932

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Article: Bailey's Bundles

Harry Allen: Tenor Saxophone In The Time of COVID

Read "Harry Allen: Tenor Saxophone In The Time of COVID" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to any number of keen improvisations, each manifesting from the necessity of having to “quarantine in place." Tenor saxophonist Harry Allen, the “Frank Sinatra" of his instrument, thinks way outside the box--recording within the friendly confines of his own living room, while under health crisis house arrest. Good for you, ...

News: TV / Film

Young Girls of Rochefort, 1967

Young Girls of Rochefort, 1967

What better way to start the new year than watching a pristine print of The Young Girls of Rochefort? Directed by Jacques Demy, the music was composed by Michel Legrand to Demy's lyrics, and the choreography was by Norman Maen. It was a followup to Demy and Legrand's Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964). The film-musical takes place ...

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Article: Year in Review

Peter J. Hoetjes' Best Releases of 2020

Read "Peter J. Hoetjes' Best Releases of 2020" reviewed by Peter J. Hoetjes


It's been an unusual year for the music industry within any genre. The first few months of 2020 were fairly typical, followed by months of uncertainty prompted by fear and misinformation. As the year closes however, jazz musicians are hopefully able to glimpse the sun rising on the distant horizon. If 2019 was a ...

News: Video / DVD

Five Michel Legrand Duets

Five Michel Legrand Duets

For some reason, I felt like hearing the music of Michel Legrand yesterday, but I couldn't figure out why. The more I thought about it, though, the more I realized that with snow falling here, the ending scene from The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (above) were likely projecting on the walls of my mind. Movies aside, here ...

Article: Catching Up With

Sarah McKenzie: il fascino misterioso della composizione

Read "Sarah McKenzie: il fascino misterioso della composizione" reviewed by Emmanuel Di Tommaso


Secrets of My Heart è il quinto album in studio della cantante, compositrice e pianista di origini australiane Sarah McKenzie. Realizzato nel 2019, questo disco rappresenta una combinazione gioiosa e perturbante di standard jazz di stampo classico e di composizioni inedite, avvolte da una brillante fusione fra jazz, blues e sonorità latine. Approfittando del tour europeo ...

News: Video / DVD

Once Upon a Summertime

Once Upon a Summertime

One of the most difficult songs to sing well is Once Upon Summertime. Written in 1954 by Michel Legrand, French music producer Eddie Barclay and French songwriter Eddy Marnay, the slow waltz originally was entitled La Valse des Lilas (or The Lilac Waltz). In the late 1950s, the song was given English lyrics by Johnny Mercer ...

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Article: Catching Up With

Sarah McKenzie: A Mysterious Thing Called Songwriting

Read "Sarah McKenzie: A Mysterious Thing Called Songwriting" reviewed by Emmanuel Di Tommaso


Secrets of My Heart is the fifth studio album of the Australian singer, composer and pianist Sarah McKenzie. Released in 2019, this album represents a joyous and uncanny combination of classical jazz standards and new original compositions with a brilliant fusion between jazz, blues and latin sounds. We took the opportunity of the European tour of ...

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Article: Live Review

Sarah McKenzie al Crossroads & Ravenna Jazz Reloaded 2020

Read "Sarah McKenzie al Crossroads & Ravenna Jazz Reloaded 2020" reviewed by Emmanuel Di Tommaso


Sarah McKenzie Crossroads & Ravenna Jazz Reloaded 2020 Teatro Socjale Piangipane (Ravenna) 2.9.2020 Riprende dal suggestivo Teatro Socjale di Piangipane nella periferia ravennate il tour mondiale della compositrice, cantante e pianista di origini australiane Sarah McKenzie, interrotto a marzo scorso a causa della pandemia globale dopo una serie di concerti ...

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Article: Interview

Marvin Stamm: Team Player

Read "Marvin Stamm: Team Player" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


Trumpeter Marvin Stamm is known for being part of a gazillion albums, having that ability to go into a studio and play exactly what's required, whether it's for a records by pop singers, jazz artists, Paul McCartney, Donny Hathaway or touring with Frank Sinatra. It's a reputation the highly skilled player earned with hard work.


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