Michel Legrand was an outstanding Jazzman. Listen to this version of “Parapluies de Cherbourg” (ie “Umbrellas of Cherbourg”)

Michel Legrand studied piano and writing at the Conservatoire National de Musique in Paris from 1942 to 1949. He developed a passion for jazz after attending a concert by Dizzy Gillespie in 1947. His career as a film composer has won him three Oscars. His first album I Love Paris, in 1954, flirted with jazz and was a huge success in the United States. So much so that four years later, he shares the poster of a record called “Legrand Jazz” with in particular Miles Davis and John Coltrane. Michel Legrand will never leave jazz, which permeates his compositions from near and far. In 1999 in particular, accompanied by a big band of jazz, he takes again in rearranged versions his great cinematographic standards.

Michel Legrand died on January 26, 2019 from sepsis.

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