|Genres:||Easy Listening Jazz|
|Tags:||chanson francaise french chanson|
|Decades:||1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
|Links:||Biography Discography Official Homepage Wikipedia Wikipedia|
Alexandre Distel, 29 January 1933, Paris, France, d. 22 July 2004, Rayol-Canadel-sur-Mer, France. The scion of a well-heeled showbusiness family, Distels mother was the sister of Ray Ventura, who, with his group Les Collégiens, was one of the top band leaders in France during the pre-war period. Distel studied piano at the Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud School and was a professional jazz guitarist at the age of 16, often sitting in with distinguished Americans visiting Parisian clubland. Distel was recognized as one of his countrys foremost jazz instrumentalists by the mid-50s. He played with the Martial Solal Trio and recorded with pianist Raymond Le Senechal, vibraphonist Sadi, and the Modern Jazz Quartet. He also gained publicity for his liaisons with Brigitte Bardot and beatnik icon Juliette Gréco, while becoming a businessman with interests in music publishing.
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