THE great composer, Michel Legrand, brought the 20th San Javier Jazz Festival to a close in great style.
Winner of three Oscars and the brains behind the soundtracks of more than 200 films, he’s also written songs for the likes Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Barbra Streisand and Aretha Franklin to name but a few.
Michel Legrand first came to the attention of the world in the latter part of the 1960s and throughout the 1970s and beyond after scoring a few French films during the previous decade teaming up with legendary filmmakers Jean-Luc Godard or Claude Lelouch.
It was the golden age in Hollywood and launched a string of successes that included many films that became household names in the process. The Thomas Crown Affair in 1968 led to his first Oscar for the song Windmills of Your Mind that was followed in 1971 by his second Academy Award for the hauntingly romantic score for Summer of ’42. His third Oscar came for his emotional score to Streisand’s Yentl.
At the age of 85, Legrand showed the packed auditorium that he shows no signs of retirement and left his fans wondering if there’s still another film score hidden away under those talented fingers that continue to play his distinctive and immediately recognisable sound.