René Urtreger

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René Urtreger (born July 6, 1934 in Paris ) is a French jazz pianist.

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Urtreger completed a classical piano training and began playing jazz music in a small Parisian club as a member of a student orchestra. In 1953 he won a competition for amateur pianists and decided to pursue a professional music career. In the following year he appeared at the Salon du Jazz as the accompanist of the saxophonist Don Byas and the trumpeter Buck Clayton , who were touring in France .

During his military service (1955–57) Urtreger appeared in St. Germain with Lester Young , who hired him as a pianist for a short tour of Europe in 1956, but also with Chet Baker , Bobby Jaspar and Miles Davis , on the score for “ Elevator zum Schafott ”(appeared on the album Ascenseur pour l'échafaud ) he was also involved. In the late 1950s he performed with Lionel Hampton , Stan Getz , Dexter Gordon , Sonny Rollins and Ben Webster . In 1960 he participated with Guy Lafite at the Jazz Festival in Antibes , in 1965 he was involved in recordings that involved the meeting of Stuff Smith and Stéphane Grappelli ( Everest and Stuff & Steff ), before he left the jazz scene for a long time.

In 1977 he returned to jazz as a partner of Lee Konitz , Pierre Michelot , Aldo Romano and Barney Wilen . In 1980 he again took part in the Antibes Jazz Festival and toured with Chet Baker and Gary Burton over the next few years .

In 1961 he received the Prix ​​Django Reinhardt and in 2014 the Grand Prix du Disque of the Académie Charles Cros .


  • René Urtreger Plays Bud Powell (Emarcy, 1955) with Benoît Quersin and Jean-Louis Viale
  • René Urtreger Trio (1957) with Al Levitt and Paul Rovère
  • Hum! with Daniel Humair (1960) and Pierre Michelot
  • Recidive (1978) with Alby Cullaz and Jean-Louis Viale
  • René Urtreger / Pierre Michelot / Daniel Humair (1979) with Daniel Humair and Pierre Michelot
  • Onirica (Sketch, 2001) solo
  • Move (Black & Blue, 1995; ed 2002) with Eric Dervieu
  • Something to Live For (2006)
  • In Direct d'Antibes No. 3 (2007)
  • Jazzman No. 4 (2007)
  • Masters No. 5 (2007)
  • Recurrence No. 2 (2007)

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