Michel Gaudry

born on 23/9/1928 in Eu, Haute-Normandie, France

died on 29/5/2019 in Saint-Lô, Basse-Normandie, France

Michel Gaudry

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Michel Gaudry (born September 23, 1928, Eu, France) is a French jazz double-bassist.

Gaudry learned clarinet and piano as a child before switching to bass. Following studies at the Geneva Conservatory, he played with Michel Hausser, beginning his professional career in 1955. In the latter half of the 1950s he worked with Billie Holiday, Quentin Jackson, Carmen McRae, and Art Simmons. He was very active in the early 1960s, playing with Elek Bacsik, Kenny Clarke, Sonny Criss, Stephane Grappelli, Bud Powell, Stuff Smith, and Billy Strayhorn, as well as continuing a longtime slot as a member of Jack Diéval's group. In the 1970s, he played with Gérard Badini's group, Swing Machine, and was a regular performer at the Grande Parade du Jazz in Nice. In the 1980s he played with Jimmy Owens and Irvin Stokes.


  • Michel Laplace, "Michel Gaudry". The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz. 2nd edition, ed. Barry Kernfeld.
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