Michel Sardaby

Michel Sardaby

born on 4/9/1935 in Fort-de-France, Martinique

Michel Sardaby

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Michel Sardaby (born 4 September 1935) is a French jazz pianist.


Born in Fort-de-France, Martinique, he moved to Paris, where in March 1967, he was one of the pianists, the others being Joe "Stride" Turner, Errol Parker, Claude Bolling, Stuart de Silva, and Aaron Bridgers, accompanied on some tracks by bassist John Lamb, among others, who recorded the 90-minute session known as Tape for Billy, dedicated to Billy Strayhorn, who was in hospital. Duke Ellington, also in Paris, personally supervised the recording, although he did not actually perform on it himself, and wanted to use the proceeds from its sale to create a Billy Strayhorn scholarship in Paris,[1] similar to the one at Juilliard in New York.[2]

In 1970, he led a trio comprising Percy Heath and Connie Kay, which appeared on his debut album, Night Cap.

A 1972 New York recording has him leading a line-up comprising Richard Davis, Billy Cobham and Ray Barretto (Sound Hills Records 1997).

His 1974 album, Gail, won the 1976 Prix Boris Vian.[3] For his 1989 album, Going Places, he was accompanied by Rufus Reid and Marvin "Smitty" Smith, and in 1993, he recorded with his quintet, which comprised Ralph Moore, Louis Smith, Peter Washington and Tony Reedus.


As leader/co-leader
  • 1970: Night Cap (Sound Hills)
  • 1970: Blue Sunset
  • 1972: Michel Sardaby in New York (Sound Hills)
  • 1974: Gail
  • 1989: Going Places
  • 1990: Night Blossom (DIW Records)
  • 1993: Straight On (Sound Hills)
  • 2003: Karen


  1. ^ Duke Ellington Music Society. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
  2. ^ "Juilliard Honors Lilli Lehmann (1929); J.S.Q. Debuts (1946); Strayhorn Scholarship Endowed (1968)" in The Juilliard Journal. Retrieved 30 July 2013.
  3. ^ Sklower, Jedediah (2006) Free jazz, la catastrophe féconde, p. 271. Editions L'Harmattan. Retrieved 30 July 2013.

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