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  Jazz Great Martial Solal Celebrates 80th Anniv. in New York, Oct. 9 to 14, '07
« on: October 10, 2007, 01:41:40 PM » by annj
France’s Leading Jazz Composer and Pianist Will Play for Six Nights at Village Vanguard
in NYC—Martial Solal, France’s living jazz legend, is coming to New York to mark his 80th birthday in style! He will be playing live every evening at the world-class Village Vanguard jazz club, from October 9 - 14. This will be Solal’s first appearance in over six years at the venerable club, which opened its doors in 1935.
The French jazz composer and pianist, whom Duke Ellington called a “soul brother,” is best known for the score he wrote for Jean-Luc Godard's debut feature film, À Bout de Souffle (1960, Breathless). Ellington declared that “Solal has, in abundance, those indispensables of the musicians’ craft: sensitivity, creativity, and a prodigious technique. Most of all, he sparkles with refreshment.” Solal is also unclassifiable, mastering a vast repertory of styles and capable of extraordinary bursts of improvisation.
Event:    Martial Solal Celebrates his 80th Birthday
Dates:   October 9 – 14, 2007
Times:   Doors open at 8:00pm. Sets at 9:00pm and 11:00pm.
Venue:  Village Vanguard Jazz Club, 178 Seventh Avenue South,  New York NY 10014
Phone: (212) 255 4037
http://www.villagevanguard.com
Price:    $30* Monday-Thursday, $35* Friday-Sunday (* includes a $10 drink credit). 

Born in Algiers, Algeria, in 1927, Solal was brought up in a very musically inclined family. The son of an opera singer and a piano teacher, he started playing the piano at the age of seven. He moved to Paris in 1950, and soon began working with such jazz greats as Sidney Bechet, Don Byas, Lucky Thompson and Django Reinhardt. He has played in quartets and trios, led big bands and performed solo throughout his illustrious career. But he is especially known for his film music, with over 20 scores to his name, including that of Orson Welles’s The Trial.
Martial Solal has won several jazz awards, including the 1999 Jazzpar Prize (the Nobel prize of the jazz world), and the city of Paris has established an international jazz piano competition, held every four years, in his honor. For more information contact: amaury.laporte@diplomatie.gouv.fr
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