Michel Petrucciani

Michel Petrucciani

Michel PetruccianiMichel Petrucciani (December 28, 1962, Orange, France – January 6, 1999, New York City, USA), was a French jazz pianist.

Michel Petrucciani came from an Italo-French family with a musical background. His father Tony played guitar, his brother Louis played bass and his last brother Philippe plays guitar too. Michel was born with osteogenesis imperfecta, which is a genetic disease that causes brittle bones and in his case short stature. It is also often linked to pulmonary ailments. In his early career his father and brother occasionally carried him, literally, because he could not walk far on his own unaided. In certain respects though he considered it an advantage as it got rid of distractions, like sports, that other boys tended to become involved in.

At an early age he became an enthusiast of Duke Ellington and wished to become a pianist like him. Although he trained for years as a classical pianist, jazz remained his main interest. He gave his first professional concert at 13. At this point in his life he was still quite fragile and had to be carried to and from the piano. His size meant that he required aids to reach the piano's pedals, but his hands were average in length. This had its advantages, however: at the start of his career Petrucciani's manager would often smuggle him into hotel rooms in a suitcase in a bid to save money. By the age of 18 he was part of a successful trio. He moved to the US in 1982, where he successfully encouraged Charles Lloyd to resume playing actively. On February 22, 1985, with Petrucciani cradled in his arms, Lloyd walked onto the stage at Town Hall in New York City and sat him on his piano stool for what would be an historic evening in jazz history: the filming of One Night with Blue Note. The film's director John Jopson would later recall in the reissued liner notes that the moment moved him to tears. In 1986 Petrucciani recorded a live album with Wayne Shorter and Jim Hall. He also played with diverse figures in the US jazz scene including Dizzy Gillespie.

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Songbook (original compositions) ChronosXIII (4)
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108 Piano Book
Besame Mucho alonsoquixano (7)
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Miscellaneous jazzy40 (1)
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Oleo Solo cisackson (2)
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Besame Mucho teozan (14)
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Transcriptions teozan (14)
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Petrucciani Note for Note - ed EMF - 1993 abomic (6)
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brazilian like euripidesbass (3)
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Besame Mucho johncruz (26)
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these foolish things mc_berna (8)
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Besame Mucho logudorian (38)
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3 songs ziccos (14)
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September Second FaveDiFuca (9)
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brazilian like FaveDiFuca (9)
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autumn leaves tristangelus (10)
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Beautiful love MP tristangelus (10)
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