Pat GiraudPat (* 1949 in Bussière-Poitevine) was a pianist, organist, and composer, who distinguished himself in the jazz and chanson scene of Limoges.
Pat started playing the accordion at the age of 7. In 1964 he finally chose the piano for his career as a musician. When he was barely 18 years old, he accompanied Bill Coleman on the piano in Limoges. In the years that followed he worked with many artists, from Rhoda Scott to Milt Buckner, as well as with local musicians such as Bobby Dirninger, Eric Jaccard and Vincent Mondy. During his career he worked mainly in Limoges and the Limousin, also accompanied jazz musicians and French chanson singers. His fondness for swinging jazz led him to play in the Harlem Jazz Trio from 1971 and to record the album Harlem Nocturne, which received the Hot Club de France prize in 1991. An admirer of Milt Buckner, Wild Bill Davis and Jimmy Smith as an organist, he performed frequently at the Hot Club de Limoges. With his Pat Giraud Swing Band he has made guest appearances a.o. also in the Caveau de la Huchette in Paris. In 2014 he celebrated his 50th stage anniversary, surrounded by many artists, at a concert in the Jean Gagnant cultural center in Limoges.
Giraud released several albums under his own name, e.g. Et Maintenant... with guitarist Patrick Saussois. According to Tom Lord, in the field of jazz he was involved in eight recording sessions between 1991 and 2007, in addition to his own productions also with Pierre Boyer (Harlem Nocturne), most recently with a recording from the Festival de Boogie Woogie de Laroquebrou 2007. In 2018, Giraud made a guest appearance at the Laroquebrou Festival in the organ duo with Stéfan Patry. In 2019 he was artistic director of the Festival Jazz et Blues à Chancelade. Pat died in June 2021.
Et Maintenant ...
DJaz Records DJ 530-2
recorded September 1997 in Soignolles-en-Brie/France
Pat Giraud, Hammond B-3 organ
Patrick Saussois, guitar
Didier Dorise, drums
Simon Boyer, drums
Dany Doriz, vibes
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