Henri Renaud

Henri Renaud (20 April 1925, in Villedieu-sur-Indre, France – 17 October 2002, in Paris)[1][2] was a French jazz pianist, record producer and record company executive.[3]

His styles reflected the decades when he was musically active: he played in the swing, bebop and cool styles. He developed a reputation internationally when he served as an ensemble-organizing point-man for visiting jazz performers from the United States.[4]

Renaud moved to Paris in 1946, and established a career as a jazz pianist.[3] He joined tenor-saxophonist Jean-Claude Fohrenbach's combo. During 1949 and 1950, he accompanied Don Byas, James Moody and Roy Eldridge.[3] In 1952, he performed with Lester Young, Sarah Vaughan and Clifford Brown.[4] Brown made several recordings with Renaud. In 1954, Renaud visited the United States, where he recorded.[4] He made recordings with Milt Jackson, J. J. Johnson, Al Cohn, Oscar Pettiford, Max Roach, Frank Foster and Bob Brookmeyer.[3]

Upon becoming an executive for French CBS' jazz division in 1964,[3] he largely stopped his activity as a professional jazz pianist,[4] but did occasional work as a film composer.


As leaderEdit

  • Henri Renaud et Son Orchestre (Duretet Thomson, 1957)
  • Dance and Mood Music Vol. 8 (Chappell, 1969)
  • Blue Cylinder (PSI, 1970)
  • Jeu De L'oie with Georges Arvanitas, Andre Ceccarelli (Arion, 1971)
  • New Sound at the Boeuf Sur Le Toit (Fresh Sound, 1987)
  • Complete Legendary Saturne Picture Discs (Paris Jazz Corner, 2001)

As sidemanEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Henri Renaud". 2.bfi.org.uk. Retrieved 7 October 2021.
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ a b c d e Colin Larkin, ed. (1992). The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 2072. ISBN 0-85112-939-0.
  4. ^ a b c d "Henri Renaud Songs, Albums, Reviews, Bio & More". AllMusic. Retrieved 7 October 2021.

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