Monday, June 28, 2010

R.I.P.: Francis Dreyfus

Music publisher and record producer Francis Dreyfus died on Thursday, June 24. He was 70.
Dreyfus founded the the Dreyfus Jazz label in 1991, which included Marcus Miller, Michel Petrucciani, Richard Galliano, Bireli Lagrene, Aldo Romano, Ahmad Jamal, Roy Haynes, Philip Catherine and Steve Grossman on its roster. According to DownBeat, "as a music publisher, he controlled the rights to the music of Johnny Hallyday, Eddie and Sylvie Vartan, Petula Clark, Francois de Roubaix, Jean Renard, Bernard Lavilliers, Jean Michel Jarre and Christophe."

In France, Dreyfus was designated Chevalier of the Legion of Honor and Commander of Arts and Letters.

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