Centenary of the birth of Aimé Barelli
Aimé Barelli, born on 1 May 1917 in Loda (Lantosque, Alpes-Maritimes), was a conductor, composer, singer and jazz trumpeter. From 1940 to 1945, he was at the forefront of the French scene, with a fascinating technique and dexterity in scaling the treble range. He was also known for his dynamism and for the elegance of his phrasing. He rubbed shoulders and played with some of the greatest names in jazz, including Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Marlene Dietrich, Arthur Briggs, Nat King Cole, Henri Contet (Edith Piaf’s lyricist) and Django Reinhardt to name but a few. Artists such as Claude François and André Ceccarelli made their debut in his orchestra. In 1949, he moved to Monaco and, for more than 25 years, he led the ensembles at the Cabaret and Sporting Club, where he presented some of the Principality’s leading events (the Red Cross Gala, Rose Ball, etc.). He went on to open the new Olympia, under the direction of Bruno Coquatrix, in 1954, where Gilbert Bécaud began his career.