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Mélanie Dahan – La Princesse Et Les Croque-Notes [2008]

Mélanie Dahan – La Princesse Et Les Croque-Notes [2008]

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More great French music, very kindly sent to us by our copain Joe taxi, a renowned expert in all things French. From French music to French cinema to French pussy! And everything in between!

Here’s a rising star in the French jazz scene, the talented – and rather hot! – Mélanie Dahan!

Recently nominated for JAZZ IN JUAN-LES-PINS REVELATIONS (famous jazz festival in the south of France) and named as “the young hopeful of French jazz vocal” at LES COULEURS DU JAZZ festival in 2005, swinging MELANIE DAHAN encompasses her wide array of influences from French chanson to the Jazz and Latin repertoire, to be emotionally believable at every turn.

A brand-new project was born in 2006: Melanie DAHAN has been fortunate to meet a tremendous musician, pianist GIOVANNI MIRABASSI, to pay a tribute to a famous French lyricist from Montmartre: BERNARD DIMEY. A full justice is done to his lyrics, all marked by strong melodies and meaty harmonic progressions.

“A very pure and honey voice with a delicate swing and sensitivity, a remarkable talent who fully deserves to prosper in the jazz landscape… ” (JL BARON)

“Melanie Dahan hasn’t had her hour of glory yet, but it won’t be long coming.” (Jean-Michel Proust – Nouvel Observateur – TSF Jazz radio in Paris)

Melanie Dahan was 11 years old when she first started to sing: she was the youngest member of a troupe of singers, dancers, and comedians, called “LES GAVROCHES”. She performed in several musicals and shows on stage for 5 years.

After that great experience, she switched to jazz, maybe because at home she grew up bathed in the sound of jazz and bossa nova, favoured by her amateur pianist father. Also maybe because one day, she fell in love with jazz when she listened to album “Unforgettable” by Natalie Cole and live album “Ella in Berlin”. Then without taking any jazz lesson, only inspired by her favourite singers, she decided to look for musicians and to give a first gig in October 2001.

Melanie gained valuable experience by performing live with her band. She elegantly sang the well-known standards but also original compositions (lyrics: Melanie DAHAN / music: Pierre BERTRAND). She had the opportunity to meet truly good musicians: pianists PIERRE CHRISTOPHE, AHMET GULBAY, contrabassists NICOLA SABATO, MARC MICHEL LEBEVILLON, drummer BENJAMIN HENNOCQ… “Playing here and there in Parisian jazz clubs, connecting with the audience, I quickly realized how exciting it was to be able to improvise and swing to vary tunes and suit my own style. It gets you right there!”

Melanie has always been a good student. After High School, she studied International Trade at Sorbonne University in Paris. But as music was a deep passion for her, she was secretly aspiring to a singing career. In 2003, she took the plunge and she decided to perform professionally.

She learnt vocal technique at STUDIO DES VARIETES and she eventually studied jazz at IACP and BILL EVANS PIANO ACADEMY under the tutelage of Sara Lazarus and Michelle Hendricks. Today she still feels like studying jazz (is there an end one day?) and she is herself a singing instructor.


Guest on DVD “Ca se passe a St-Germain des pres” (2006) – pianist AHMET GULBAY

Album project with GIOVANNI MIRABASSI to be released in 2006-07

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From a concert at DIVAN DU MONDE (Paris) in August 2006

Contrairement au croque-notes de la chanson de Brassens, certainement aucun regret ne doit envahir les musiciens qui ont eu l’heureuse idée d’accepter de jouer avec la chanteuse Mélanie Dahan dont le premier disque était déjà en rupture de stock un mois après sa sortie en avril et dont une nouvelle édition vient combler ceux qui ne l’avait pas trouvé.

Il est vrai que celle-ci a fait un choix digne d’une princesse pour l’accompagnement des chansons de son premier album avec notamment le pianiste Giovanni Mirabassi grandement réputé pour le cantabile merveilleux de son piano et qui montre encore son talent exceptionnel dans l’improvisation autour de la chanson française.

Quant à la liste des morceaux interprétés elle constitue aussi un choix de princesse avec les plus grandes références de la chanson française : Aznavour, Brassens, Nougaro, Léo Ferré … à qui la jeune chanteuse emprunte des textes poétiques avec un naturel et une fraîcheur d’esprit étonnante, que ceux-ci soient ou non conçus à l’origine pour être portés par des hommes, la jeune femme les offre dans une interprétation d’une grande délicatesse et clarté qui en exalte la beauté.

Soutenue par des musiciens dont les arrangements jazz auraient certainement fait rêver, et feront jaloux encore, les interprètes initiaux, Mélanie Dahan par sa voix chaleureuse charme agréablement les oreilles sensibles aux beaux textes et mélodies.


01. La salle et la terrasse
02. L’enfant maquillé
03. La princesse et le croque-notes
04. Les poètes
05. J’aimerais tant savoir
06. Rimes
07. Je hais les dimanches
08. Si tu me payes un verre
09. A Bicyclette
10. La mer à boire
11. Je me suis fait tout petit
12. Le petit bal perdu


Mélanie Dahan, chant
Giovanni Mirabassi, piano
Marc-Michel Le Bévillon, contrebasse
Matthieu Chazarenc, batterie
Pierrick Pédron, saxophone alto

Here be la belle Mélanie

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