French Music

Marvellous Marciac and its fabulous Jazz Festival

Written by on July 13, 2017 in French Music, Midi-Pyrénées, Music Events
Marvellous Marciac and its fabulous Jazz Festival

  Tucked away in the small valleys of the Gers in south west France is the classic bastide town of Marciac. It’s not huge, it has a population of around 1300, a central village square with the town hall as its main feature and the four sides of the square are lined with shops and […]

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Go green at le Cabaret Vert in Charleville-Mezieres France

Written by on June 21, 2017 in French Music
Go green at le Cabaret Vert in Charleville-Mezieres France

Le Cabaret Vert is famous across France for its surprising and varied line-up of musical talent including internationally huge bands. It’s also popular for the way in which it mixes some top international acts with plenty of local food and beer. Eco-friendly and eclectic It’s one of the most eco-friendly and highly eclectic music festivals […]

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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) […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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