Even now there is an active jazz musician who became famous by Charles Delaunay’s effort.
Martial Solal was born on August 23, 1927 in Algiers, France.
He was the son of an opera singer and piano teacher, and learned the instrument from the age of six.
After settling in Paris in 1950, he soon began working with leading musicians including Django Reinhardt .
Also he was playing with Sidny Bechet and Don Byas.
He had recording as a leader since 1953.
Photo above of Charles Delaunay and Thelonious Monk
Charles Delaunay is probably the father of discographical format.
He noticed the importance of master numbers.
He was listing each artist’s work in chronological or matrix number order.
The first United States edition of Delaunay’s book was published with the help of Commodore Record Shop.
This book became my favorite discography.
I have put this discography within reach even now.
Photo above of George Avakian
George Avakian said to JazzWax about this discography:
“Charles Delaunay’s Hot Discography and Hugues Panassie’s Le Jazz Hot, a definitive guide to jazz musicians that explained why they were great.
There was a summary at the end of each chapter telling you which records to buy. Of course, the records recommended were the European releases, but the book gave me a head start.”
JazzWax：March 15, 2010
Interview: George Avakian (Part 1)
I post about the Charles Delaunay today.
As I wrote on Monday blog was a founding member of the FHC.
He evaluated the bop revolution in jazz unlike Hugues Panassie.
I think his achievements are next three.
First,he promoted ‘the Quintette du Hot Club de France’ with Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli.
Photo above Sidney Bechet
Second,in 1948 he founded the record label Disques Vogue.
This company recorded local musicians such as Django, and American performers such as Sidney Bechet.
Third,he was author of the famous ‘New Hot Discography’.
About this book I will post tomorrow.
Here is The Quintette du Hot Club de France play “The Sheik of Araby”.(1937)
Last week I posted about Teddy Weatherford.
This week, I want to post about Hugues Panassié who invited him to France.
The Hot Club de France is a French organization of jazz fans.
Member dedicated to the promotion of “traditional” jazz, swing, and blues.
In 1931 the club was founded in Paris by Hugues Panassié and Charles Delaunay and others.
At the time they began promoting concerts for ‘the Quintette du Hot Club de France’.
Unfortunately Hugues Panassié and Charles Delaunay had a different opinion about ‘Bebop’ revolution in jazz.
Charles Delaunay believed the new be-bop style,and Hugues Panassié contended that be-bop was not jazz.
In 1947 the club was split into two camps.
But both men accomplished a great amount of work before spliting in their club.