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Feb 19, 2016 | Post by: valerieghent No Comments

Jacques Demêtre: Hard Time Blues 1927-1960

Today is my cousin Jacques Demêtre’s 92nd birthday! Let’s celebrate with his new CD, a collection of 48 songs called “Hard Time Blues: 1927-1960”. Happy Birthday Jacques! Bon anniversaire! Je t’aime! Jacques Demêtre is a blues historian in Paris and loves the blues – am thrilled to share his newest

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Sep 24, 2015 | Post by: valerieghent No Comments

Refrain de Mon Enfance lyrics

Here are the lyrics to my newest video, Refrain de Mon Enfance, in both French and English, as requested! Now you can sing along….! If you haven’t seen the video yet, you can watch it below. Enjoy! Refrain de Mon Enfance musique par Eugene Cavos, paroles par Nick Frionnet et

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Sep 21, 2015 | Post by: valerieghent No Comments

NEW VIDEO from Paris! Refrain de Mon Enfance

I’m delighted to announce my newest video, Refrain de Mon Enfance, a classic, beautiful French chanson written by my great-uncle, Eugène Cavos, in 1954 in Paris. The song was lost for decades and once found, magically reunited me with long-lost family in Europe. I was so moved by reconnecting with

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Feb 16, 2014 | Post by: valerieghent 3 Comments

Natasha: Portrait of My Mother

We all know social media has led to incredible stories of people connecting, re-connecting and meeting one another. I am grateful to Twitter and Facebook for making it possible for people all over the world to find my music, listen to it and discover how much they like it! This

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Dec 28, 2013 | Post by: valerieghent 2 Comments

Jacques Demêtre: discovering a blues historian in the family

Jacques Demêtre is one of France’s noted historians of American blues and gospel music. For decades he wrote a column for the French magazine, Jazz Hot. In addition, Jacques wrote liner notes for blues and gospel releases, photographed blues musicians and wrote for the French soul/blues magazine Soul Bag, the

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Dec 30, 2012 | Post by: valerieghent 11 Comments

Emmanuel Ghent & Ornette Coleman: Man on the Moon

The avant-jazz single Man on the Moon by Ornette Coleman, released in 1969 in response to the first moon landing, features my father, Emmanuel Ghent, on ‘electronic devices’ jamming with Ornette & an all-star band: Ornette Coleman – alto sax; Don Cherry – trumpet; Dewey Redman – tenor sax; Charlie

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