The meeting had nothing poetic!
It was in 1999 at Roissy airport, at the terminal leaving for New York.
Juliette Gréco with her husband and accompanist Gérard Jouannest took off to give a series of concerts at Big Apple.
The pianist, who knew all the talent of accordionist Jean-Louis Matinier for having worked with him, invited him to join them at short notice.
The trio's first rehearsals took place in Manhattan, and the chemistry was such that Jean-Louis continued to accompany the couple until the last concert.
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In rehearsal she was very concentrated,
” says Martinier, whom we met a few hours before Juliette Gréco's funeral in Saint-Germain-des-Prés.
Over the years, a phrase that the singer often repeated to her musicians will have particularly marked her: "
I don't have time
", aware that the pleasure of the stage would stop one day.
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When she entered the stage her stage fright was phenomenal,” he
, “but we exchanged looks and the concert could begin.
Juliette Gréco loved these small, very intimate musical groups that give songs their full value.
Without artifice and without decibels.
His last concerts took place in 2016 at the Louvre, at the Théâtre de la Ville in addition to a few dates in the region, then a final meeting in Saint-Estève in the Eastern Pyrenees before a cardiovascular accident in Lyon.
She died in Ramatuelle on December 23.