Michel Gaudry

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Michel Gaudry (born September 23, 1928 in Eu (Seine-Maritime) , France , † May 29, 2019 in Saint-Lô ) was a French jazz bassist .

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Before training as a technical draftsman, Gaudry first played the piano and clarinet in Parisian clubs such as the Lorientais , where he accompanied Claude Luter , among others . In 1955 he made his debut as a professional musician in Lausanne , where he also studied double bass at the Conservatory and played alongside musicians such as Michel Hausser and Gérard Le Coat .

After his return to Paris in 1957, Gaudry became a sought-after bassist. He played in various clubs, including with the pianist Art Simmons and his trio ( Pierre Cullaz , Pierre Cavalli , later with Elek Bacsik ) in the Mars Club .

Gaudry worked with many musicians from the French jazz scene, such as Georges Arvanitas , Guy Lafitte , Henri Renaud , René Urtreger , Jack Diéval , Stéphane Grappelli and the formation Les Double Six . He also accompanied many American musicians who were in Paris, such as Dexter Gordon , Lee Morgan , Sonny Stitt , Billie Holiday , Duke Ellington , Bud Powell , Clark Terry , Barney Kessel , Lou Bennett , Billie Poole and Kenny Clarke . In the 1970s he was a member of Gérard Badini's formation "Swing Machine" with Raymond Fol and Sam Woodyard .

He was also a popular studio musician. He accompanied numerous French and international stars such as Barbara , Serge Gainsbourg , Jeanne Moreau , Claude Nougaro , Serge Lama , Nancy Holloway , Georges Moustaki ( Déclaration ) and Joséphine Baker .

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  1. Obituary jazzhot.net, accessed on June 12, 2019