to watch and hear a program about Jazz in France 1917-1940. In the 1930s I was not a jazz fan, nor a bixophile: I listened to French popular music, Jean Sablon, Charles Trenet, Ray Ventura, Maurice Chevalier. Paul Mizraki appears a lot in this program, he was a pianist, composer and arranger for Ray Ventura et ses collegiens. He wrote the mega-hit "Tout va tres bien madame la marquise." My family and I listened to Ray Ventura a lot, not as an exponent of early jazz, but as a fun orchestra with lots of comedy in the songs they recorded and were played on the radio. I still know the lyrics of most of the songs played in this program.
Philipe Brun is mentioned and seen prominently, but I did not know about him in the 1930s. At 50:00 you can see a photo of Bix behind an old Philippe Brun and hear him talk about Bix. Difficult to understand Brun, but he mentions his great admiration of Bix.
At 4:47 you can hear one of my favorite tunes in the whole wide world, Charles Trenet singing "Verlaine." Music by Charles on a poem by the great poet Paul Verlaine. More names from my youth, Johnny Hess, Edith Piaf, Fred Addison. At 12:45 Charles Trenet sings his composition (music and lyrics) "La Romance de Paris" (at the wrong speed!!!). But then the program goes into "modern" jazz, and my interest waned.