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Gérard Terronès: Trou Noir (1984–1985)

Pierre Crépon

This listing compiles groups announced at the Trou Noir bar in Jazz Hot and Jazz Magazine. This work served as the basis for a history of Terronès’s clubs. [1]

Operated by anarchist militants, the Trou Noir was located at 34, rue Nationale in Paris. In 1984, Gérard Terronès started to organize jazz nights there, complementing the bar’s musical programing. The Trou Noir closed in 1985.

The data presented should be considered as highly partial and conditional, as traces of the Trou Noir in the jazz press were very fragmentary.

Trou Noir sessions were not reviewed in Jazz Hot or Jazz Magazine.

When sessions feature multiple groups, they are separated by semicolons. Groups and soloists listed as separate entities in sources are indicated as such, using “with” or “featuring.” Co-leaders of ensembles or musicians making up untitled duets are separated by en dashes (e.g., Raymond Boni–Daunik Lazro). When the names of all the musicians constituting an ensemble were given in sources, they are separated by slashes. Titled events are listed between quotes.

Groups announced at the Trou Noir bar (1984–1985) in Jazz Hot and Jazz Magazine

October 24, 1984Raymond Boni–Daunik Lazro.
October 31, 1984Collectif Musique sans nom.
November 1, 1984Jiří Stivín/Rudolf Dašek/Ali Haurand/Reto Weber.
November 5, 1984Mal Waldron–Marion Brown.
November 21, 1984Trio ALN.
November 28, 1984Collectif Musique sans nom.
December 5, 1984Siegfried Kessler–Jean-François Pauvros.
December 6, 1984Eric Terronès Blues et Rock Trio.
December 12, 1984Michel Edelin–François Méchali with guests.
December 19–20, 1984Tamia–Pierre Favre.
December 26, 1984Collectif Musique sans nom.
December 27, 1984Boulou and Elios Ferré.
January 9, 1985Robin Kenyatta–Del Rabenja.
January 16, 1985Dave Burrell.
January 17, 1985Paul Cooper Blues Band.
January 23, 1985Étienne Brunet/Mathieu Sadowski/Pierre Bastien/Jean-Pierre Bedoyan.
January 30, 1985Didier Levallet/Gérard Marais/Dominique Pifarély.
January 31, 1985Georges Gaumont Quartet.
February 6, 1985Jean-François Canape Quartet.
February 13–14, 1985Mal Waldron solo with guests.
February 19, 1985Michèle Buirette/Bruno Girard/Didier Petit.
February 20, 1985Daunik Lazro/Lauri Nykopp/Jean-Christophe Aveline.
February 27–28, 1985Sam Rivers Quartet.
March 6, 1985Alex Grillo Trio.
March 13, 1985“Nuits du jazz en liberté” [Radio libertaire benefit].
March 14, 1985Annette Lowman–Ron Pittner Trio.
March 20, 1985Hart Leroy Bibbs–Alan Silva.
March 27, 1985Groupe Phalène.
March 28, 1985Jean Cohen–Dominique Le Gue.

Index of Musicians


The primary sources consulted were every issue of Jazz Hot and Jazz Magazine between 1984 and 1985.


[1] Pierre Crépon, “Once Upon a Time in Paris,” The Wire 412 (June 2018): 36–41.

Author Information: 
Pierre Crépon is an independent researcher based in France. He has written for The Wire, New York City Jazz Record, Point of Departure, and Improjazz, among others. His research deals with the history of avant-garde jazz, with a particular focus on the American and French scenes of the sixties and seventies.

This listing compiles groups announced at the Trou Noir bar in Jazz Hot and Jazz Magazine. Bibliographies of reviews/coverage in the two publications are also included.

Gérard Terronès, Trou Noir, Paris, France, nightclubs, jazz

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