Christiane Legrand

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Christiane Legrand (1964)

Christiane Legrand (born August 21, 1930 in Aix-les-Bains , Savoie department ; † November 1, 2011 ) was a French jazz singer .


Christiane Legrand was the daughter of the composer and orchestra director Raymond Legrand ; she first studied piano and performed from 1954 to 1958 as a vocal soloist with her brother Michel Legrand's orchestra . In the second half of the 1950s she belonged to the successful French jazz vocal groups Les Blue Stars (1955–1957) and the Les Double Six under Mimi Perrin (1958–1960). She became particularly famous as the solo soprano of the vocal band Swingle Singers , of which she was a founding member in 1962. André Hodeir used them to interpret his Jazz Cantata . She also sang in numerous film scores , for example for Une Parisienne (by Michel Boisrond ), Komeda's title song by Le départ (by Jerzy Skolimowski ) or for The Umbrellas of Cherbourg , The Girls from Rochefort and Peau d'âne (three films by Jacques Demy , for which Michel Legrand wrote the music) and for Robert Enrico's film Die Adventurer , in which she used the vocalese style, and for which François de Roubaix wrote the music. Christiane Legrand was the soloist in the song " Fires (Which Burn Brightly) " on the Procol Harum album Grand Hotel from 1973. She also sang chansons such as Maldonne (1969) by Sergio Gobbi and Vladimir Cosma .

Discographic notes

  • Les Blue Stars: Jazz in Paris - Les Blue Stars / Pardon My English (Emarcy, 1956)
  • Les Double Six: Les Double Six ( RCA , 1959–1962)
  • Swingle Sisters: Johann Sebastian Bach ; Johann Sebastian Bach, Vol. 2 (Philips)


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Individual evidence

  1. Death report at TSF Jazz ( Memento of the original from May 1, 2011 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  2. In this formation appeared under the direction of Blossom Dearie also Roger Guérin and Fats Sadi 1956 as a soloist with.
  3. She had met Ward Swingle during her time with the "Double Six" when he was writing arrangements for the band
  4. ^ Gary Brooker later admitted that he had always liked Johann Sebastian Bach , but that he knew his music mainly through the versions of Jacques Loussier and the Swingle Singers ; this led him directly to Christiane Legrand and her invitation to participate in the 1973 title " Fires ".