The great jazz explosion... in Limoges

Jean-Marie Masse with Jimmy Witherspoon and Buck Clayton

The Connexion talks to the author of a new book on jazz in France and the ‘Hot Clubs’ that hosted top US acts

Anne Legrand is a musicologist – a specialist in the development and history of music – and her great love is jazz. “I’ve always loved music, and started learning violin when I was around 4 or 5 years old, learning the music off by heart.

My whole family loved classical music and jazz, which I started listening to as a teenager. So I already knew what I would do for my degree and my masters.”

Don Byas, whom Masse once took fishing

Over the course of her research, she started meeting other people with an interest in music, and discovered the Phonothèque ...

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