The French accordionist Marcel Azzola, who are the biggest names of the French chanson accompanied, among whom Jacques Brel, is Monday, died at the age of 91. That shared his manager Alexandre Lacombe and his partner Lina Bossati. “His heart has given up,” said Bossati.
Marcel Azzola accompanied the greats of the French chanson as Yves Montant, Georges Brassens, édith puts Piaf, Juliette Gréco, Jacques Brel. He is the “Marcel” from the live recording of ‘Vesoul’ from 1968, Brel encouraged with ” chauffe, Marcel, chauffe!’.
He also took film scores, including Jacques Tati (‘Mon Oncle’, ‘Playtime’).
Azzola has also a past as a jazz musician. So he can be heard on ‘Chez Toots’, the picture from 1998 of harmonica player Toots Thielemans.