how was paris?
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thanks, it was great. one of the highlights was being invited upstairs in st. sulpice cathedral to stand beside organist daniel roth and watch him perform for an hour. he tends to play modern classical organ music, bach, and he improvises. here is one of his improvistaions:

here daniel roth demonstrates some of the aspects of the organ settings:

the only jazz i heard was a group called "borsalino", they play outside for tips all over paris.

the subway hosted many good classical players and russian musicians around every other corner. they don't need permits like in the usa:

classical in the subway:

gypsy music in the subway:
thinking about expatriate jazz musicians, here is johnny griffin talking about music life in paris back in the day:
jazz+ do you know if d.roth plays there everyday ? did you have to plan a appointment to be there ? thx
wow - thanks for posting those.  did you shoot them yourself?

the street music i saw/heard back in the 80s was nothing like that - usually just a solo player here and there.

what a great trip for you!

are you sure about metro players not being regulated? back in my days, they sure were. these permits were in high demand and the job usually pays fairly well.  
the city would give permits to groups that offered variety so you'd get jazz here, tango there, gypsy somewhere else, etc...

for those who read french:

it basically says it's a jury selection. 400 selected out of 2000.

the exception to this rule is the famous "fete de la musique". that's a huge success where everyone that night goes outside and plays. unbelievable crowd until very late. music literally in every bar and at every corner.

i'm really glad to hear you enjoyed your trip! welcome back!
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