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Jacky Terrasson: Sourire de Francais

Jacky Terrasson

About 70 minutes into Bertrand Tavernier’s 1986 film ‘Round Midnight, Dale Turner, the character played by Dexter Gordon, picks up a soprano saxophone and plays the ballad “Tivoli.” The year is 1960, and the place is the Blue Note, a brick-lined basement nightclub in Paris. As the saxophonist solos, the camera peers from behind over his right shoulder and there in the front row is a 19-year-old Parisian, a slender young man in a gray blazer and a modest Afro, sitting sideways in his wooden chair and staring intently at the musicians.

That young man is Jacky Terrasson.

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Geoffrey Himes

Geoffrey Himes has written about jazz and other genres of music on a regular basis for the Washington Post since 1977 and has also written for JazzTimes, Paste, Rolling Stone, New York Times, Smithsonian Magazine, National Public Radio, and others. His book on Bruce Springsteen, Born in the U.S.A., was published by Continuum Books in 2005 and he’s currently working on a major book for the Country Music Hall of Fame. He has been honored for Music Feature Writing by the Deems Taylor/ASCAP Awards (2003, 2005, 2014 and 2015), the New Orleans Press Awards, the Abell Foundation Awards and the Music Journalism Awards.