- Jacques Aboucaya
(b La Garenne-Colombes, France, April 14, 1955). French pianist, arranger, conductor, and author. After undertaking advanced studies in economic science and cinematography he founded the Big Band Lumière in 1979, which first recorded in 1981. In the early 1980s he made two short films and became involved in several artistic revues as a critic. At the beginning of 1987 he collaborated with Gil Evans, whom he brought into his orchestra for a tour of Europe and a series of recordings (1988–9); he also published Las Vegas Tango: une vie de Gil Evans (Paris, 1989). He composed for the ministry of culture (1986) and l’Union Européenne de Radio (1991) and directed the Orchestre National de Jazz (1993–7), with which he recorded four albums, made numerous tours, and presented his composition Gli amici italiani, this last for combined jazz and symphonic orchestras. He also wrote string arrangements for a recording by Abbey Lincoln in ...