Michel Denis

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French drummer, born in Boulogne-Billancourt, near Paris (France) 1st May 1941
Influenced by drummers Sam Woodyard and Sonny Payne, he played with the "Roman Dixieland Jazz Band" (1961) and became known by playing with trumpeter Bill Coleman and saxophonist Michel De Villers (1964), saxophonist Dominique Chanson (1965-66), "Swing Limited Co.", violinist "Stuff" Smith, trumpeter Rex Stewart, pianist Earl Hines and saxophonist Don Byas (tour in 1965). Then for eighteen years he accompanied the pianist and singer Memphis Slim with whom he recorded. During this period he took lessons with drummer Philly Joe JONES (1969) and also played with saxophonists Paul Gonsalves and Johnny Griffin (1970). He also played with some bluesmen: guitarists and singers T. Bone Walker, "Big Joe" Williams and John Lee Hooker (1971). He was a member of the vibraphonist Dany Doriz's septet from 1970 to 1974 and in 1978, and later in the Harlem Jazz, directed by pianist François Rilhac (1981). He then toured with violinist Peter Compo (1991) and worked in France with Dany Doriz and organist "Wild Bill" Davis with whom he recorded under the name of "Trio 3 D". From 1990 he was a member of the trio of the pianist Philippe Milanta who accompanied the singer Spanky Wilson.

He is still active, particularly with the group "Clarinet unlimited" led by the clarinettist Michel Mardiguian, whose last recording was made in February 2013.
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JZ 7905/06 Michel Denis - Live In Paris album art Memphis Slim, Michel Denis Memphis Slim, Michel Denis - Live In Paris(2xLP) Jazzmosphere JZ 7905/06 France 1977 Sell This Version
JZ 79.01 Michel Denis - Vol 1 album art Swing System D, Wild Bill Davis, Dany Doriz, Michel Denis Swing System D, Wild Bill Davis, Dany Doriz, Michel Denis - Vol 1(LP, Ltd, Num) Jazzmosphere JZ 79.01 France 1978 Sell This Version
ZET 711 Michel Denis - Dialog in Boogie album art Memphis Slim, Philippe Lejeune, Michel Denis Memphis Slim, Philippe Lejeune, Michel Denis - Dialog in Boogie(CD, Album) Zeta Records (4) ZET 711 France 1988 Sell This Version
590 022 Michel Denis - Caveau de la Huchette album art Memphis Slim, Michel Denis Memphis Slim, Michel Denis - Caveau de la Huchette(CD, Album) Caveau De La Huchette 590 022 France 1990 Sell This Version
157112 Michel Denis - Dialog in Boogie album art Memphis Slim, Philippe Lejeune, Michel Denis Memphis Slim, Philippe Lejeune, Michel Denis - Dialog in Boogie(CD, Album, RE) EPM Musique 157112 France 1992 Sell This Version
17 151 Memphis Slim, Michel Denis Memphis Slim, Michel Denis - Live At The Caveau De La Huchette, Paris, 1977(CD, Album) LaserLight Digital 17 151 France 1996 Sell This Version
B-90120 CD Michel Denis - Dialog in Boogie album art Memphis Slim, Philippe Lejeune, Michel Denis Memphis Slim, Philippe Lejeune, Michel Denis - Dialog in Boogie(CD) Happy Bird B-90120 CD Germany Unknown Sell This Version
579.WS.6 Michel Denis - Les 3 Couleurs album art Hervé Kerné* / Michel Denis / Yvon Roussel Hervé Kerné* / Michel Denis / Yvon Roussel - Les 3 Couleurs(LP) West Sound 579.WS.6 France Unknown Sell This Version
10236 Michel Denis - Memphis Slim Et Michel Denis album art Memphis Slim & Michel Denis Memphis Slim & Michel Denis - Memphis Slim Et Michel Denis(LP) Vygson 10236 France Unknown Sell This Version