hi folks,

i'm playing a "la vien rose" society party tomorrow with a trio and i was wondering if you guys had any suggestions for french sounding jazz tunes?  

stuff like django and whatnot.  any ideas would be appreciated!

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while edith piaf is not really jazz and relies heavily on the accordion, it's probably close enough.

you could always sing the french version of "autumn leaves" ("les feuilles mortes")

c'est une chanson qui nous rassemble
moi qui t'aimais, toi qui m'aimais
nous etions si heureux ensemble
moi qui t'aimais, toi qui m'aimais

et la vie separe ce qui s'aiment
tout doucement. san faire du bruit
et la mer s'efface sur le sable
les pas des aimants desunis

django's "minor swing" is fun and easy

| am | am | dm | dm |
| e7 | e7 | am | e7 |

on the subject of django, please go to my latest post in the thread "improv question" for details on a truly incredible book on the django style!
theme from,"a man and a woman."
do a few michel legrand tunes
it's "la vie en rose"
bechet's "petite fleur" is in the same league, a nice favorite for older folks.
definitely legrand: "windmills of your heart" is probably the most famous.  
french folks also like tango, stuff like piazolla.
django's "nuage" is good.  
autumn leaves, obviously. look for more yves montand's tunes.  
tunes in grappelli's repertoire, like how high's the moon.  

is the audience actually french? there's a famous french singer called nougaro who did a lot of jazz tunes. it popularized some standards. for example:  
- "the cat" (le chat)
- st thomas (a tes seins (literally, "to your breast")
- take five, 3 to get ready ("le jazz et la java")
- go down moses
- cantaloupe island
...

and some french originals like maurice vander's "le coq et la pendule", beautiful tune, or toulouse, nougaro's biggest hit.
vander's was nougaro's lifetime accompanist. one of the best pianists in my book.

another jazzy dude we have is michel jonasz, he had a lot of jazzy hits. stuff like "la boite de jazz" or "lucille"  

and then you can throw in anything from aznavour, not always jazzy, but sometimes. most beautiful tune ever: "la boheme".

finally, you could try some of henry salvador's tunes. some nice bossa's, lots of fun tunes.
"what are you doing the rest of your life"  "the windmills of your mind"  any debussy themes.
thanks a bunch you guys, this great.  i knew i put this web site together for some reason :)
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i was expanding my repertoire with some french well known favorites  (et si tu n'exitais pa,les champs elyses,ne me quitte pa,l'ete indien,a toi) they could be done ''jazzy ''
the beatles tune.... "michelle"  ma belle sont les mont tres bien etc
stephane grappelli - sweet lorraine
i thought sweet lorraine was a fats waller tune?
sweet lorraine was immortalized my nat king cole, and  written by cliff burwell
so scot,

how did it go?  were you "french" enough for em?

i played many a "theme party" in my day.  it always interested me that folks would hire a group that plays a certain genre or style, but then ask them to play all different stuff to fit a "theme".  it usually happened that we'd play a couple of theme-ish tunes, then resume with the usual shtick
well, we played autumn leaves and la vie en rose, and the rest was just my standard trio stuff.  i figured that since there's a blue note in paris, anything was fair game- the people didn't care, they loved it.
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