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Faustin Jeanjean

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Biography

Faustin Paul Irénée Jeanjean (5 December 1900, Pouzols-Minervois, Aude, France – 19 April 1979, Pouzols-Minervois) was a French cornetist, conductor and composer.

Jeanjean came from a family of musicians; his father Paul Jeanjean (1874–1928) and his brother Maurice (1897–1968) were musicians and composers. He attended the Conservatory, where he took first prize in the cornet category in 1920. In the early 1920s he played jazz music at Club Daunou, soon thereafter forming his own club band, Mélody Sixcalled, and then with other orchestras. In the field of jazz he was involved in 59 recording sessions between 1926 and 1938.

In the following years Jeanjean shifted his musical activities to composing for feature films, as well as chamber music and works for orchestra. The best known is probably the Quatuor pour saxophones by the Jeanjean brothers.

In the 1940s and 1950s he also presented a series of records with easy listening and dance music with his own studio orchestra (Faustin Jeanjean et Son Grand Orchester de Danse ) for which also composed.


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