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Martial Solal (Martial Solal has played with almost every prominent French and American musician involved in the 1950s Paris jazz scene, including Don Byas, Lucky Thompson and Sidney Bechet. He's also written the score to over 20 screenplays.)

Martial Solal

The legendary French composer, jazz pianist, and improviser Martial Solal was born on August 23, 1927 in Algiers, Algeria, to French parents. He was taught to play the piano by his mother, who sang opera. From the age of 15 he played with local bands as a pianist, clarinetist and saxophonist, training that helped him in his career as a big band composer and arranger. In 1950, Solal moved to Paris, Europe's jazz center. Soon he was playing regularly at the popular Club St-Germain and Blue Note club.