When I wrote my recent piece on Django’s centennial (below, Jan 23), I failed to find any “live” film of him in action, to accompany my tribute. Michael over at the excellent ‘Jazz Lives’ has done so; here it is:
This is also in memory of a great friend, the clarinet and sax player Mike Turner, who died much too young, last year. Mike was a hot jazz player who was also a committed Francophile, and loved the ‘bal-musette’ tradition of people like Charles Trenet: Mike would occasionally burst into song on a gig, and ‘J’Attendrai’ was one of his favourites. Sadly, I don’t think he was ever recorded singing it.