Clément Doucet

Clément Doucet

Real Name:
Léon Clément Doucet
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Léon Clément Doucet (9 April 1895 – 15 October 1950) was a Belgian pianist.

Doucet was born and died in Brussels. He studied for a time at the local Conservatoire, where his teacher Arthur De Greef had been a pupil of Liszt. Although his formal training was classical, he traveled to the USA around 1920 and by his return in 1923 had developed considerable talent as a jazz pianist. His left-hand technique in particular is clearly influenced by the stride piano style prevalent in New York in the early 1920s. Some of his arrangements are still played today, for instance Chopinata, a jazz tribute to several of the great works of Chopin.

Shortly after returning to Europe he became the house pianist at the popular Parisian cabaret Le Boeuf sur le Toit where he succeeded Jean Wiéner. He and Wiéner subsequently formed a piano-duet partnership which lasted on and off from 1924 until 1939. Together they performed in over 2000 concerts and made over 100 recordings of hot dance, jazz, blues and classical music, as well as a small number of sides in which they accompanied leading French chansonniers of the day. These include ten sides by the duet with Maurice Chevalier, and others, solo, with Édith Piaf and Yvonne George (Wiéner) and Jean Sablon and Germaine Sablon (Doucet).

After the war Wiéner went on to a notable career as a pianist, composer of film music and broadcaster; Doucet never entered a recording studio again and died, of chronic alcoholism according to Wiéner's autobiography, in 1950.
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Clément Doucet Discography Tracks

Albums

Wiener* & Doucet* Wiener* & Doucet* - Duo Deux Piano - À L'époque Du "Bœuf Sur Le Toit" (Album) Disques Adès France 1980 Sell This Version
ACD BN 093-2 Yannick Van de Velde, Chopin*, Ravel*, Docuet*, Sciarrino* Yannick Van de Velde, Chopin*, Ravel*, Docuet*, Sciarrino* - Anamorfosi(CD) Aliud Records ACD BN 093-2 Netherlands 2017 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

4636 Clement Doucet* Wagneria (Airs from Wagner) / Chopinata (Airs from Chopin)(Shellac, 10", 80 ) Columbia 4636 UK 1927 Sell This Version
D 13035 Jean Wiener & Clément Doucet Jean Wiener & Clément Doucet - Sometimes I'm Happy / Hallelujah !(Shellac, 10") Columbia D 13035 France 1928 Sell This Version
4859 Jean Wiener & Clement Doucet* Jean Wiener & Clement Doucet* - Piccadilly Strut / Blue River(Shellac, 10") Columbia 4859 UK 1928 Sell This Version
156 J. Wiener* & Cl. Doucet* J. Wiener* & Cl. Doucet* - D'you Take Me Honey / Night Cup(Shellac, 10") Echo (25) 156 France 1934 Sell This Version
D13012 Jean Wiener, Clément Doucet Jean Wiener, Clément Doucet - Just A Little Drink / Does My Sweetie Do And How(Shellac, 10") Columbia D13012 France Unknown Sell This Version
D 13009 Jean Wiener, Clément Doucet Jean Wiener, Clément Doucet - Got No Time / Chopinata(Shellac, 10", 80 ) Columbia D 13009 UK Unknown Sell This Version
4860 M. Jean Wiener* & Clément Doucet M. Jean Wiener* & Clément Doucet - Hungaria / Isoldina(Shellac, 10") Columbia 4860 UK Unknown Sell This Version
D 13029 M. Jean Wiener* & Clément Doucet M. Jean Wiener* & Clément Doucet - Hungaria / N'Essayons Jamais De Comprendre(Shellac, 10") Columbia D 13029 France Unknown Sell This Version
8981 Mm. Jean Wiener* & Clément Doucet Mm. Jean Wiener* & Clément Doucet - Alabamy Bound / Steppin' In Society(Shellac, 10", 80 ) Columbia 8981 UK Unknown Sell This Version
D13007 Mm. Jean Wiener* Et Clément Doucet Mm. Jean Wiener* Et Clément Doucet - Why Do I Love You / Charleston Blues(Shellac, 10") Columbia D13007 France Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

7243 5 86480 2 7 Jean Wiéner* And Clément Doucet Jean Wiéner* And Clément Doucet - Les Rarissimes De Jean Wiéner Et Clément Doucet(2xCD, Comp, RM) EMI Classics 7243 5 86480 2 7 France 2005 Sell This Version