Roger Paraboschi

In 1949, he joined Pierre Braslawsky's orchestra accompanying Sidney Bechet. Ranked first drummer in the Jazz Hot referendum in 1949 and 1950, he won the Grand Prix du disque de l'Académie Charles Cros with double bass player Jean Bouchety and pianist Bernard Peiffer. In 1950, Roger Paraboshi joined the new Hot Club de France Quintet and in 1954, he joined Aimé Barelli, after having accompanied Stéphane Grappelli to Club Saint Germain. He accompanied Marlène Dietrich under the direction of Burt Baccara for two years and Yves Montand from 1953 until 1990. He accompanies Bing Crosby with Michel Legrand and Marcel Bianchi. Roger remembers the first record he recorded: he only had a snare drum, a Charleston and a ride cymbal - he was forbidden to take toms and a bass drum! From 1959 to 1962 he performed in the big band and Claude Bolling's small bands. In 1964, he performed the drums in George Gershwin's Concerto in F under the direction of Richard Blareau at the Paris Opera. Roger can be seen and heard in Jean-Pierre Melville's film "Le Samouraï". From 1972 to 1990, he played every night with André Persiani and Roland Lobligeois at the Furstemberg, rue de Bucci in Paris. If "Paratonnerre" by Aimé Barelli shows all his qualities as a soloist, he is above all discreet and effective with Bernard Peiffer or in quartet with Lucky Thompson, Martial Solal and benoît Quersin.

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