Les Jeudis culturels at the Alliance française de Manille (February 28) [fr]
For its 4th edition on February 28, 2019, discover one of the pioneer French jazz musicians! Known as the “French troubadour,” Jean Sablon performed in five continents, including the Philippines in the 1960s. He introduced new musical genres such as the Biguine and the Calypso, and the Bossa Nova, which he then brought to France.
The life story of Jean Sablon is intimately connected with 20th century entertainment. He was the first singer to use the microphone in France and pioneered the subtleties of its use. His biggest hit is “Vous qui passez sans me voir” which was written for him by no less than Charles Trenet.
His contribution to the popularity of jazz and swing music in France is notable, recording with some of the world’s top musicians, including Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli. Record sales leader, Bing Crosby who influenced the intimate singing style of Sinatra, owned all of his records and compared himself to Sablon.
Jean Sablon later moved to Hollywood where his close friends included Ginger Rogers, Cary Grant, and Marlène Dietrich. While there, he also worked with luminaries such as Cole Porter and George Gershwin.