American “Taxi Blues” hero Hal Singer dies


Saxophone player Hal Singer died, at the age of 100, one of the most prominent faces of American jazz, according to what was announced Thursday by the municipality of the city of Château (Evelyn) in the suburbs of Paris, where the musician who played alongside Ray Charles and Billie Holiday has been living for 20 years.

“We inform you with regret that Hal Singer passed away on August 18, 2020 for a hundred years,” said a statement issued by the municipality. The municipality did not indicate the cause of death, but made it clear that Singer, whose health had declined in recent years, died “peacefully surrounded by his wife and family.” “.

During his 70-year career, the late recorded about 100 records, first in the United States, when he was born on October 8, 1919 in Tulsa, then in France, to which he moved in 1965, according to a profile of him published on his website.

On the famous 52nd Street in New York, a stronghold of jazz, Singer played in 1942 alongside Don Peace, Roy Eldridge, Ward Allen and Billy Holiday, after his beginnings were in black orchestras in the southwestern United States.

And he had international tours during which he played in Latin America, Africa and Asia, after he played in concert halls in the United States, along with adults Krai Charles.

In 1989, he played a role representing his true character in the movie “Taxi Blues” by the Russian director Pavel Longin, which won the Best Director Award at the French Cannes Festival the following year.

Singer married a French woman and decided to reside in the French city of Château in 2002, and he was awarded the French Medal of Arts and Letters in 1999.

Singer will be buried, on Saturday, at a family funeral, according to what the municipality told Agence France-Presse.


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