Au Revoir, Michel Legrand
On a rainy night in King’s Cross, London about eight years ago I wandered past the Shaw Theatre, a backstreet venue mostly used for corporate presentations, and saw that Michel Legrand and his orchestra were appearing there. In his eighties then, he was onstage for at least three hours and worked his way through an entrancing back catalogue that included music for The Thomas Crown Affair, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Summer of ’42 and the film below, which starred Catherine Deneuve and Gene Kelly. His music was always closer to the freeform jazz of La La Land than anything more traditionally stagebound, and has stood the test of time. He died at 88 this week.