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Michel Petrucciani (né le 28 décembre 1962 à Orange (Vaucluse) et décédé le 6 janvier 1999 à Manhattan (New York)) était un pianiste de jazz .

Atteint d’ostéogenèse imparfaite, il surmonta son handicap pour devenir un artiste talentueux de renommée internationale, parmi les plus grands pianistes de jazz du monde. Son jeu est caractérisé par une exceptionnelle indépendance des mains gauche et droite, dans le son et dans le rythme. Également compositeur, il avait une préférence pour les thèmes brésiliens, toujours présents dans ses disques.

Il repose au cimetière du Père-Lachaise à Paris, à quelques mètres de Frédéric Chopin.

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Son père, Antoine Petrucciani, dit « Tony », guitariste de jazz renommé, a été son professeur de musique et a collaboré par la suite sur plusieurs de ses albums. Il apprend le piano à son fils, et également la guitare à Marianne James. Ses deux frères sont également musiciens. Louis est contrebassiste et Philippe, guitariste. Tony Petrucciani vivait à Toulon dans le Var. Il a, durant de nombreuses années, dispensé des cours de guitare jazz dans les écoles municipales de musique de Carnoules, Solliès-Toucas et la Londe-les-Maures.
Certains de ses albums sont réalisés par André Manoukian.Michel Petrucciani a vécu pendant longtemps à Montélimar ou un auditorium porte son nom.

Depuis juillet 2003, il existe dans le 18e arrondissement de Paris une place Michel-Petrucciani avec une mosaïque réalisée par Édouard Detmer.

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Michel Petrucciani (December 28, 1962, Orange, France – January 6, 1999, Manhattan), was a French Jazz pianist.

Michel Petrucciani came from an Italo-French family of a musical background. His father « Tony » played guitar and his brother Louis played bass. Michel was born with osteogenesis imperfecta which is a genetic disease that causes brittle bones and in his case short stature. It is also often linked to pulmonary ailments. In his early career his father and brother occasionally carried him, literally, because he could not walk far on his own unaided. In certain respects though he considered it an advantage as it got rid of distractions, like sports, that other boys tended to become involved in.

At an early age he became enthusiastic about the works of Duke Ellington and wished to become a pianist like him. Although he trained for years as a classical pianist, jazz remained his interest. He had his first professional concert at 13. At this point in his life he was still quite fragile so had to be carried to and from the piano. In general his size meant that he required aids to reach the piano’s pedals, but his hands were average in length. By age 18 he helped form a successful trio. He moved to the US in 1982. In the US he is credited with leading Charles Lloyd to resume playing actively and in 1986 he recorded a live album with Wayne Shorter and Jim Hall. He also played with diverse figures in the US jazz scene including Dizzy Gillespie.

In 1994 he was granted a Légion d’honneur in Paris.

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His own style was initially influenced by Bill Evans although some compare him to Keith Jarrett. He is often deemed to be among the best jazz pianists to ever come from France.

On the personal side he had three significant relationships. His first marriage to Italian pianist Gilda Buttà ended in divorce. He also fathered two children, one being a son named Alexandre. One of these children inherited his condition. He also had a stepson named Rachid Roperch.

Michel Petrucciani died at 36 from a pulmonary infection. He was interred in Le Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris.

Discography:

Flash (1980)
Michel Petrucciani Trio (1981)
Date with Time (1981)
Michel Petrucciani (1981)
Oracle’s Destiny (1982)
Toot Sweet (1982)
100 Hearts (1983)
Live at the Village Vanguard (1984)
Note’n Notes (1984)
Cold Blues (1985)
Pianism (1985)
Power of Three (1986) with Wayne Shorter and Jim Hall
Michel plays Petrucciani (1987)
Music (1989)
The Manhattan Project (1990) with Wayne Shorter, Stanley Clarke, Lenny White, Gil Goldstein and Pete Levin
Playground (1991)
Live (1991)
From the Soul (1991) on Dec 28, 1991 with Joe Lovano
Promenade with Duke (1993)
The blue note years (1993)
Marvellous (1994)
Conference De Presse (with Eddie Louiss) (1994)
Darn that Dream (1996)
Flamingo (with Stephane Grappelli) (1996)
Au Theatre Des Champs-Elysees (1997)
Live in Germany (1998)
Both Worlds (1998)
Solo Live (1999)
Estate (1999)
Trio in Tokyo (1999)
Bob Malach & Michel Petrucciani (2000)
Concerts Inedits /Live (2000)
Conversation (2001)

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