Paris Combo is a musical group based in Paris, France that has an eclectic style, blending elements from the traditional French chanson, American jazz and swing, Roma music and North African music. The group identifies itself as a world music group. They have performed live in Europe, North America and Australia.
- Belle du Berry, French, lead singer and accordion player
- Potzi, self-described Gypsy of Algerian descent, guitarist and banjo player
- François-François (a.k.a. Jean-François Jeannin), French, percussionist and singer
- Mano Razanajato, from Madagascar, bass player and singer
- David Lewis, from Australia, trumpet and piano. David moved to France in his early twenties and studied at the Paris Conservatoire. He made a name for himself on the French music scene playing with Arthur H and Manu Dibango.
In 2006, David Lewis’ mother, Elaine Lewis, published “Left Bank Waltz”, a book of her experience as an Australian expat in Paris as she pursues her dream to create the “Australian Bookshop”, a hub for Australian arts and culture in Paris. The book is rich with details of Paris Combo, including the musicians’ early careers, the Parisian music and arts scene, and the band’s first gig .
In early 2003, Paris Combo’s “Terrien D’eau Douce” won in The 2nd Annual Independent Music Awards for Best World Song.
- 1998 – Paris Combo (Tinder Records)
- 2001 – Living Room (Tinder Records)
- 2002 – Attraction (Ark 21)
- 2003 – Cafe De Flore: Rendez-Vous A Saint-Germain Des Pre (compilation album) (Sunnyside)
- 2005 – Motifs (DRG Records Incorporated)
- 2005 – Live (DRG Records Incorporated)
- ^ Left Bank Waltz, Elaine Lewis, Random House Australia, ISBN 1-74051-349-5
- Calabash Music – Paris Combo- accessed January 7, 2006
- Feature article on Paris Combo from Rhythm magazine- accessed January 7, 2006
- Paris Combo Biography- accessed January 7, 2006
- NPR review of Motifs album- accessed January 7, 2006
- Official Website
- Paris Combo discography at MusicBrainz
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