French Music

History of Jazz in France

Written by on July 29, 2014 in French Music
History of Jazz in France

France has always had a special place in its heart for jazz and indeed the world’s first international jazz festival was held in Nice, France in 1948. However France’s relationship with this music of jazz started some 30 years earlier during World War I… Jazz comes to France It was during The Great War (1914-1918) […]

Continue Reading

French Music | Patrice and Mario

Written by on September 27, 2013 in French Music
French Music | Patrice and Mario

Our French music guru and London based French radio impresario Oliver Jauffrit of radio Paris Chanson continues his French Music Lessons with a look at Patrice and Mario… When Olivier Jauffrit suggested that we feature Patrice and Mario in our French music series I must confess to thinking “who?” I’d never heard of them before […]

Continue Reading

An American in Paris – Georges Guétary

Written by on July 18, 2013 in French Music
An American in Paris – Georges Guétary

  Olivier Jauffrit is the French music pundit who runs radio station Paris Chanson. One of his favourite films is “An American in Paris” which he calls a ‘Fantastic musical movie’ for its show stopping numbers and for the songs of Georges Guétary, a very popular singer and actor in France. Guétary was born 8 […]

Continue Reading

Carla Bruni, former First Lady of France, singer and musician

Written by on July 17, 2013 in French Music
Carla Bruni, former First Lady of France, singer and musician

Olivier Jauffrit of radio Paris Chanson says it’s time to look at the music of Carla Bruni, former first Lady of France. These days the woman born Carla Gilberta Bruni Tedeschi 23 December 1967 in Turin, Italy is known as Carla Bruni-Sarkozy. Born into a wealthy family which moved to France when Carla was seven […]

Continue Reading

The History of Jazz in Paris

Written by on July 3, 2013 in French Music with 0 Comments
The History of Jazz in Paris

The sound of summer in France is definitely sweeter with jazz. Those melodies energize music-lovers from open-back stages overlooking the Mediterranean, waft over crowded terraces near Les Halles, or mellow out cool clubs in Normandy. Jazz has become an international language, influencing many cultures. It was introduced first in France by African American soldiers. Julia Browne Founder […]

Continue Reading

Michel Legrand

Written by on June 22, 2013 in French Music with 0 Comments
Michel Legrand

  Olivier Jauffrit of radio station Paris Chanson chooses Michel Legrand as one of his favourite French composers… Born 24 February 1932 to conductor and composer Raymond Legrand (he composed the hit Irma la Douce), Michel Legrand followed in his father’s footsteps. A creative and prolific composer he has, in his more than half a […]

Continue Reading

French music for the summer sun

Written by on June 11, 2013 in French Music with 0 Comments
French music for the summer sun

Olivier Jauffrit of French radio station Paris Chanson chose a Charles Trenet song which he says it perfect for sunny days saying “The one you definitely want to sing along to when the sun is shining above Paris: Y a d’la joie!…Y’a d’la joie” evokes ‘joy’ through a series of disconnected images, including that of […]

Continue Reading

French Music: Lucienne Boyer

Written by on February 25, 2013 in French Music with 0 Comments
French Music: Lucienne Boyer

Olivier Jauffrit of radio station Paris Chanson says of Lucienne Boyer’s performance of  ‘Parlez-moi d’Amour’ “… it is one of the best French love songs ever made. More than a classic, it is an essential.  A song that HAS to be part of the soundtrack of your life if you like French music. Lucienne Boyer […]

Continue Reading

My French Music: Cora Vaucaire

Written by on February 7, 2013 in French Music with 0 Comments
My French Music: Cora Vaucaire

  Cora Vaucaire was born Genevieve Collin on 22 July 1918 in Marseille and enjoyed a successful singing career in France particularly in the 1950s. The 1950s in France seems to have been a time of great richness musically with many great artists finding their niche during this decade  – Jeanne Moreau, Dario Mareno and […]

Continue Reading

My French Music: Les Parisiennes

Written by on January 21, 2013 in French Music with 0 Comments
My French Music: Les Parisiennes

Every week Paris Chanson, the French radio show and music experts Paris Chanson choose a singer, group or musical excerpt that represents French music and this week they’ve chosen the French girl band “Les Parisiennes”. Olivier Jauffrit of Paris Chanson says “Nobody remembers them I think nowadays in France but they represent exactly what popular […]

Continue Reading

Top