Johnny Răducanu

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Johnny Răducanu
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Răducanu in 2009
Background information
Birth name Răducan Creţu
Also known as Johnny Răducanu
Born (1931-12-01)1 December 1931
Brăila, Romania
Died 19 September 2011(2011-09-19) (aged 79)
Bucharest, Romania
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Instruments Double bass, piano
Years active 1950–2010
Labels Electrecord
Răducanu in 1992

Johnny Răducanu (born Răducan Creţu; 1 December 1931 – 19 September 2011) was a Romanian jazz pianist of Romani ethnic background, whose family has a long musical tradition dating back to the 17th century.[1]

He was born in Brăila and started playing the double bass at the age of 19 before switching to piano. During his musical career, some of his many collaborations outside Romania were those with Art Farmer (trumpet) and Slide Hampton (trombone), and Friedrich Gulda (piano). In 1987, Răducanu received an honorary membership in the Louis Armstrong Academy in New Orleans. He was the founder of the Romanian Jazz school, and during a musical career spanning over half a century, he discovered, nurtured and trained several generations of Romanian jazz musicians. Leonard Feather called him "Mr. Jazz of Romania". He was the President of the Romanian Jazz Federation. Răducanu was married to Geta Costin from 1962 to 1970.[2]

Răducanu died at his apartment in Oltarului Street in Bucharest and is interred in a local cemetery in Cernica, Ilfov County, close to the capital.[3]


  • Jazz trioSeria jazz nr. 4 (Electrecord, 1966)
  • Jazz în țara mea (Jazz in my country) (Electrecord, 1967)
  • Confesiuni (Electrecord, 1979)
  • Confesiuni II (Electrecord, 1982)
  • Confesiuni IIISeria jazz nr. 21 (Electrecord, 1986)
  • Jazz Made in Romania (Electrecord, 1987)
  • To His Friends (Alpha Publishing, 1996)
  • Jazz Behind the Carpathians – Johnny Raducanu meets Theodora Enache (Green Records, 1999)
  • Jazz antifanariot (Anastasia, 2002)
  • Jazz Made in Romania – Live in San Francisco (Mediaround Inc./Intercont Music, 2002)
  • Jazz Bestament (Tescani Productions, 2005)
  • Chamber Jazz Music (Soft Productions, 2008)
  • Inside Stories – Jazz Poems (Tvr Media, 2009)


  • Singurătatea, meseria mea (Regent House Printing & Publishing, 2002)
  • Țara lui Johnny (Vivaldi, 2005)


  1. ^ Răducanu profile. Retrieved on 9 May 2017.
  2. ^ Re marriage to Geta Costin. Retrieved on 9 May 2017.
  3. ^ Notice of death of Răducanu. Retrieved on 9 May 2017.

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