Irakli de Davrichewey and his Orchestra play Struttin’ with some Barbeque. Recorded at the Jazz Festival d’Antibes France in 1987 trumpetplayer Irakli and his band masters the style of Louis Armstrong’s early All Stars. This band from France has an enormous amount of energy and combined with the technical knowledge and maximum intensity creates a very exciting approach to the former Louis All Stars music. Next to Irakli, who does an incredible Louis oriented solo we hear clarinettist Stephane Gerrault who is able to create that wonderful feeling that Barney Bigard was able to give to Louis’ band in the late 40’s and 50’s. Claude Cousset is playing a strong trombone. Pianist Pierre Calligaris falls nicely in a pianosolo in the Earl Hines manner. Bassist Frederic Legrande and drummer Michel Denis complete the hard swinging Rhythm group. Just a formidable and very together band!
Irakli de Davrichewey and his Orchestra play Mahogany Hall Stomp. Recorded at the Jazz Festival d’Antibes France in 1987 trumpetplayer Irakli and his band masters the style of Louis Armstrong’s early All Stars. This band from France has an enormous amount of energy and combined with the technical knowledge and maximum intensity creates a very exciting approach to the former Louis All Stars music. Next to Irakli, who does an incredible Louis oriented solo we hear clarinettist Stephane Gerrault who is able to create that wonderful feeling that Barney Bigard was able to give to Louis’ band in the late 40’s and 50’s. Claude Cousset is playing a strong trombone. It is also wonderful to hear bassist Frederic Legrande slapping his bass, unfortunately a technique that today with the microphone amplification elements attached to the bass and a lower bridge to bring the string closer to the soundboard cannot succesfully be accomplished any longer. Pianist Pierre Calligaris plays a very effective stride piano which reminded me of some of these film sessions in the fifties with Sidney Bechet and a very young stride pianist in the band as well. Could this be the same person?. Very good anchor work by drummer Michel Denis. What happened to this band? I read that Irakli is still succesfully playing and recording. I have the feeling he has gone to the earlier styles of Louis’ music from the twenties.
Angelo a su diversifier son jeu en mélangeant la tradition manouche et tzigane avec un phrasé moderne et une grande ouverture d’esprit. Sa discographie et les musiciens rencontrés en sont les meilleures preuves. Un grand monsieur du style Le violoniste Florin Niculescu est aujourd’hui un musicien majeur de la scène jazz internationale. Il a, au travers de ses multiples collaborations musicales, développé une sonorité propre et un langage singulier. Une singularité qui tient d’abord à sa personnalité, mais aussi à sa solide formation classique nourrie, par ailleurs, par l’expérience tzigane puis orientée vers le jazz dans ses diverses variantes.
Sweet Georgia Brown Bechet 1958 A film from the 1958 Cannes Jazz Festival in France with Sidney Bechet sop.sax, Teddy Buckner tpt, Vic Dickenson tb, Sammy Price pno, Arvell Shaw bass and trumpetplayer Roy Eldridge on drums. Of course we all appreciate the marvelous qualities of each of these stars but not until the mid nineties, when a friend from the Netherlands send me this video clip did I realize that Eldridge was such an outstanding drummer. He does it mostly on his snare drums. Totally amazing, every time I see this film. Every drummer should see this clip. Roy just plays hot and does everything a frontline musician can wish for.
Djangology Samois 1991 Django Reinhardt spent the last years of his life in Samois sur Seine in France. He died in May 1953. Each year, usually in June, since 1983 a Django festival is being held in Samois. Musicians who play in the Django tradition are feaured. Big names, unknown ones, all gather for the trhee day event. Here in 1991 we see a clip of one of the greatest Django style artists, French guitarist Bireli Lagrene. He started and made fame in the early eighties as a 12 year old, switched to rock- jazz for a number of years, but came back to continue to play in he Django way. He is jamming with Django's son Babik
I've Found a New Baby De Paris 1960 Wilbur De Paris and his New New Orleans Jazz Band at the Juan les Pins jazz festival in France in July 1960. Obviously Wilbur has invited some French musicians to join the band for a little jam. It looks like he is challenging these musican's skills with his introduction cadenza and then to set the tempo at high speed. Fortunately the musicans are from the top French band of Claude Luter. claude on clarinet, Pierre Dervaux tpt, and Jean Louis Durand tb.
Rose Room Nicholas Albert 1958 Albert Nicholas at the Cannes Jazz Festival, France July 1958 Nicholas clarinet, Joe Turner piano, Arvell Shaw bass and J.C.Heard drums Better known for his clarinet playing, but did also play saxophones, Albert Nicholas was born in New Orleans on May 27th, 1900, and died in Basle, Switzerland on September 3rd, 1973. One of the mellowest of New Orleans clarinettists, he played with all the early stars in his home town, served for three years in the U.S. Navy, where his comrades included Zutty Singleton and Charles Bolden. Was back in New Orleans in 1923 and lead his own band which included Luis Russell and Barney Bigard. By early 1925 all three were working with King Oliver's Dixie Syncopaters, but Nicholas eventually left to go to the Far East with Jack Benny Carter's band. Rejoining Russell in 1928, he stayed with the band for ten years then left to work in New York City, part of the time there was spent playing in John Kirby's quartet, then with Louis Armstrong's big band (where he played tenor) and then in 1939 with Jelly Roll Morton. By 1945 he was working with Art Hodes, Buck Johnson and later (1948) with Ralph Sutton's Trio at Jimmy Ryan's club. He settled in France in 1953 and, like his childhood friend Sidney Bechet, maintained a solo career until his passing.
Quel Beautemps Orpheon Celesta 1990 It was in the summer of 1983 when I played with the Climax Jazz Band at the Edinbrough Scotland Jazz Festival. There were many bands from Europe and one of the most outstanding acts was a group from Meudin, France. Their at that time 5 piece group was called Orpheon Celesta. Through the years I have been in contact with their leader cornettist Emmanuel Hussenot. They reduced their group to a four piece and now in the years 2000 and on are down to a trio. This trio still performs very good jazz, but they now go from theatre to theatre and do vaudeville, pantomime,humor, basically a very entertaining theatre act. The clips here are from the nineties when they performed as a quartet.
Doctor Jazz Orpheon Celesta 1989 L'Orphean Celesta is a group from the Paris area. Leader Emmanuel Hussenot plays conet, Nicholas Montier reeds. Geles Barraque banjo and Patrick Perrin what they call the "soubassophone" An CD that won them the Prix de l'Academie du Jazz in 1989 is called Orpheon Celesta Anoula nouba