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Ray Ventura

Ray Ventura

Raymond Ventura (16 April 1908, Paris, France – 30 March 1979, Palma de Mallorca, Spain) was a French jazz bandleader. He played a significant role in popularizing jazz in France in the 1930s.[1] His nephew was singer Sacha Distel.


Ventura played piano in a group called The Collegiate Five from 1924, which recorded under the name Ray Ventura and His Collegians for Columbia Records beginning in 1928. He led the group from 1929 and recorded for Decca Records and other labels through the 1930s, becoming a popular dance ensemble in France in that decade. His sidemen included Philippe Brun, Alix Combelle, and Guy Paquinet.[1] One of his group's popular songs from 1936 was "Tout va très bien, Madame la Marquise," in which the Marquise is told by her servants that everything is fine at home, except for a series of escalating calamities. It is seen as a metaphor for France's obliviousness to the approaching war.[2]

He led a TV Tupi in Brazil.


  1. ^ a b Michel Laplace, "Ray Ventura". The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz. Barry Kernfeld, ed. 2nd edition, 2002.
  2. ^ Alan Riding, And the Show Went On: Cultural Life in Nazi-Occupied Paris. Alfred A Knopf, New York: 2010. p. 26.
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