Anne Ducros

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Anne Ducros
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Background information
Born (1959-12-01) 1 December 1959 (age 59)
Longfossé, Pas-de-Calais, France
Years active1989–present
LabelsDreyfus, Naive

Anne Ducros is a French jazz singer.

Music career[edit]

She studied classical music and voice at the Music Conservatory of Boulogne-sur-Mer and the University of Lille. In 1986, she formed her own jazz quartet.

In 1990, she started touring the world for the next ten years with musicians like Chick Corea, Jacky Terrasson, and Kenny Barron.[1]

Starting in 1992, she taught vocal jazz in Paris and has given master classes and workshops around the world. In 2008, she was a vocal coach for the TV program Star Academy.


Her first album was produced in 1989 and included a cover version of the song "My Funny Valentine". That album was followed by Purple Songs (Dreyfus, 2001) with Gordon Beck on piano, Didier Lockwood on violin, and Bruno Castellucci on drums, and Close Your Eyes (Dreyfus, 2003) with Toots Thielemans on harmonica and included covers of songs by Serge Gainsbourg.

She recorded the album Piano, Piano (Dreyfus, 2006) with pianists Chick Corea, Enrico Pieranunzi, René Urtreger, and Benoît de Mesmay. The album includes standards such as "God Bless the Child" and "Never Let Me Go".[2][3]

Her cover of the song "Taking a Chance on Love" was used in the 2005 Chanel Chance perfume commercials.[4] In September 2013, she released album Either Way (from Marilyn to Ella). The album includes 15 songs, 14 standards and one original.

Awards and honors[edit]

  • 1986 Best Soloist Award and First Vocalist, Jazz Festival of Dunkirk
  • 1989 First Soloist and Vocalist Award, Jazz Festival in Vienna.
  • 2001 Billie Holiday Prize of the Jazz Academy
  • 2002 Django d'Or
  • 2002 Voice Artist of the Year, Victory Music
  • 2003 Voice Artist of the Year, Jazz Victory
  • 2007 Donne di Scena, Jazz, Syracuse, Italy
  • 2007 International Association Jazz Education Official Awards, 34th Conference, New York
  • 2013 Knight of the National Order of Merit, by Madame Aurélie Fililppetti, Minister of Culture

Critical reception[edit]

Jack Goodstein of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer said, "Either Way is perhaps the finest album from a jazz vocalist I've heard this year, and certainly the most interesting."[5][6]

Christopher Loudon of Jazz Times called Ducros part Blossom Dearie, part Annie Ross, and part Yma Sumac.[2]


  • 2000 Ella...My Dear (Plus Loin)
  • 2001 Purple Songs (Dreyfus)
  • 2006 Piano, Piano (Dreyfus)
  • 2007 Urban Tribe (Dreyfus)
  • 2008 Discover: Anne Ducros (Dreyfus)
  • 2013 Either Way: From Marilyn to Ella (Naïve)[7]


  1. ^ "Anne Ducros - bureauexport". French-Music. Retrieved 21 July 2014.
  2. ^ a b Loudon, Christopher. "Jazz Reviews: Piano, Piano". Jazz Times. Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  3. ^ Dryden, Ken. "Piano, Piano". AllMusic. Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  4. ^ "Take A Chance!". La Chanelphile. 15 June 2011. Retrieved 21 July 2014.
  5. ^ Francis Marmande (11 March 2013). "Anne Ducros, faithful to jazz" (in French). Lemonde. Retrieved 21 July 2014.
  6. ^ Jack Goodstein. "Music Review: Anne Ducros - 'Either Way: From Marilyn to Ella'" (4 December 2013). Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Hearst Seattle Media. Retrieved 21 July 2014.
  7. ^ "Anne Ducros | Album Discography | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 30 November 2016.