Jacques Diéval

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Jacques "Jack" Diéval (born September 21, 1921 in Douai ; † October 31, 2012 ) was a French jazz pianist of swing , later modern jazz . He played with Django Reinhardt , Don Byas and Coleman Hawkins .

Live and act

Diéval's parents were music teachers and directed a jazz orchestra called Dédé Jazz . At the age of 14 Diéval founded his own formation in Douai, at the age of 15 he became a professional musician in Lille, shortly afterwards he played in Joe Mill's band . Before the war he played with drummer André Jourdan in northern France . During World War II he played in officers' casinos and toured Tunisia and Algeria. Returning to Paris, he worked with Lucienne Boyer , then in the orchestra of Alix Combelle and stayed there for two and a half years. Afterwards, the first recordings were made, with which he continued his rise in the Parisian jazz scene: after all, he was one of the most famous jazz pianists in France in the immediate post-war period. Diéval was known at the time as the Debussy du jazz .

In 1946 he accompanied Django Reinhardt and Hubert Rostaing on a record session. In 1947 Diéval worked and made recordings with Don Byas , in 1948 he had his own trio with Lucien Simoën and André Jourdan. He also accompanied Coleman Hawkins at the Marigny Theater. In 1949 he appeared with Hubert Fol at the Paris Jazz Festival, right after Miles Davis and Tadd Dameron , in October '49 recordings were made for the Swing label (“ Tea for Two ”). In the 1950s he played in the trio of Doc Cheatham and accompanied the singer Eartha Kitt and Gérard Badini . From 1954 to 1956 he played annually at the light music festival in Stuttgart. In 1957 he was invited to London to perform at a BBC festival . As early as 1954 he founded the program Jazz Aux Champs-Elysees for the Radio Télévison Francaise , which presented well-known soloists and produced radio recordings. He played with his trio, from 1961 consisting of Jacques Hess and Franco Manzecchi a . a. with Guy Lafitte , Lucky Thompson , Sonny Stitt , Bill Byers , Dionne Warwick and Eric Dolphy , on whose last radio recordings he was involved a few weeks before his untimely death in 1964 ( Last Recordings ). Also in 1964 was his album Ambiance pour deux pianos with the American pianist Art Simmons , again with Franco Manzecchi and the ex-Ellington bassist Jimmy Woode . In 1966 he played Relaxez-vous avec Jack Diéval et son quartette with the help of his longstanding rhythm section . They were joined by none other than the Belgian guitarist René Thomas for this recording, consisting of standards, Beatles and his own compositions. In 1970 Diéval played with Roger Guérin at the Nice Jazz Festival.

In 2001 Diéval received the SACEM Grand Prix du Jazz . He died in late October 2012 at the age of 91.

Jack Diéval's role model was, according to his own statements, Earl Hines , Nat King Cole and Mel Powell ; according to Boris Vian , his piano style is heavily influenced by Teddy Wilson .

His composition J'ai le mal de toi has been recorded 144 times so far. a. by Frank Sinatra , Dean Martin , Barbra Streisand and Cher .

Selection discography

  • Jazz in Paris - Jazz Aux Champs-Elysees - Jack Diéval (Emarcy-Sampler)
  • Ambiance pour two pianos (Polydor)
  • Jack Diéval présente: Club du piano n ° 1 (CBS)
  • Relaxez-vous avec Jack Diéval et son quartette (Relax 33003 Stereo)
  • Jack Diéval & Paris jazz quartet (Concert Hall)
  • New Sound From France (Prestige)


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Obituary at SACEM
  2. Obituary at Radio France ( Memento des original from April 6, 2013 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 / sites.radiofrance.fr
  3. The tracks Swingtime In Springtime, Yours And Mine, On the Sunny Side of the Street , I Won´t Dance ; Paris May 15, 1946