This SACEM (ASCAP) composer and world-class performer has delighted audiences in Europe, Asia, Africa, South America and the United States. His masterful renditions of Jazz, Standars, authenthic French Musette, Classical, Pop and legitimate Show Tunes on the accordion and piano has earned Norbert Slama the personal admiration and invitations of celebrities like Edith Piaf, Elizabeth Taylor, Chuck Mangione, Aristotle Onasis, Pablo Picasso, Edith Piaf, Walter Mondale, Eva Gabor, Mstislav Leopoldovich Rostropovich, Johnny Weissmuller, Enrico Crolla, John Roosevelt. He even composed the theme song for the Middle-East peace talks entitled "Shalom/Salaam" in the 1980's.
Accordionist Norbert Slama cut his musical teeth as a youth in post-World II Paris. This recording showcases his mastery of bal mussette and Gypsy swing, ala Django Reinhardt, Mussette is a waltz style that became popular in France in the early Twentieth Century. Gypsy jazz was the result of musicians who came up playing mussette and other styles in the French gypsy tradition becoming interested in American jazz in the 1930s.
Slama shows his mastery of the accordion in the tradition of Gus Viseur and Jo Privat, two great French accordionists who came to prominence in the 1930s and 1940s, fusing the waltz style with swing. The recording features some of their compositions, and well as swing tunes by Reinhardt, and a Slama original.
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