Talk & Concert
Concert with preceding talk
between René Urtreger and Richard Williams (in English)
Now 83, René Urtreger is the last survivor of the quintet that recorded the soundtrack to “Ascenseur pour l’échafaud”. After studying piano at the conservatoire in Paris, the city of his birth, he gravitated to the jazz scene in the early 1950s and became a favourite accompanist of many distinguished American soloists, among them Lester Young, Don Byas, Lee Konitz, Chet Baker, Dexter Gordon, Stan Getz and Ben Webster. His first album, released in 1955, was dedicated to the music of Bud Powell, his principal influence. In the 1960s he became the musical director of the singer Claude François and provided the music for several films by Claude Berri. He returned to jazz in the late 1970s; since then he has performed and recorded frequently with his own trio. Tonight he will give a solo recital and talk about his memories of recording the music for “Ascenseur pour l’échafaud” with Miles Davis.
René Urtreger piano