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Jazz in Paris: American Musicians in Paris

Distinguished lecturer, writer and playwright Philippe Gumplowicz, speaks about the influence of American Jazz in Paris. Ever since the American troops landed in 1917, American jazz musicians have added spice and variety to the French capital. Pigalle nightclubs and Paris Casino reviews were broughtto life by legendary musicians like Bricktop (Ada Beatrice, Queen Victoria and Louise Smith). With the libération came the time of the great jazz clubs such as “Blue Note” on the Champs Elysées or Club Saint Germain on the Left Bank. L.P.s immortalized those festive nights producing the best of modern jazz, including Bud Powell, Chet Barker, the Jazz Messengers, and Miles Davis. If it was, in fact, America that invented jazz, it was Paris that discovered it.

Born in Paris in 1950, Philippe Gumplowicz is a distinguished lecturer, writer and playwright. He teaches and speaks at the University of Bourgogne, the Sorbonne and the School for Advanced Studies in Social Studies. He's the author of Les Travaux d'Orphée (The Labors of Orpheus), nominated for the Musical Literature Prize, and Le Roman du Jazz (The Novel of Jazz). In the area of audio-visual, Philippe Gumplowicz is a producer with France Culture and France Musique, radio stations for which he works on musical news programs, he puts together shows that are broadcast on the television stations ARTE, LA SEPT and France 3.


Recorded Friday, February 09, 2007 at Alliance Française de Chicago.

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