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"Leslie Lewis et Gérard Hagen" 24 Juillet 2017 Bonjour de Paris

 

 The day started with Leslie traveling to work in La Mans while I was waking up in a hospital bed waiting to get discharged.

"Leslie Lewis et Gérard Hagen" 29 Juin 2017 Bonjour de Paris

 

... her train gets back to Paris at 8:30 pm. We start our first set at 9:30 pm. What could go wrong!

"Leslie Lewis et Gérard Hagen" 22 Mai 2017 Bonjour de Paris

 

A guy who wore a vest that said taxi whose "taxi" was a forty year old Mercedes, no taxi markings, no meter, that had several windows broken out offered to drive us to the hotel for 3,000,000 Guinéen francs...

"Leslie Lewis et Gérard Hagen" 24 Avril 2017 Bonjour de Paris

 

Can someone please tell me why they wrote all of those songs about "Springtime in Paris"?

"Leslie Lewis et Gérard Hagen" 31 Mars 2017 Bonjour de Paris

 

We are required to get vaccinated for yellow fever in order to go there. It will be our first time in Conakry and our second performance in Africa.

"Leslie Lewis et Gérard Hagen" 28 Février 2017 Bonjour de Paris

 

As I looked around I noticed a clock on the wall that had no arms. I guess if you need to know what time it is, you don't need to be in that place!

"Leslie Lewis et Gérard Hagen" 23 Janvier 2017 Bonjour de Paris

 

I think we got home around 6:30 am.

Leslie Lewis et Gérard Hagen "Joyeux Noël de Paris". 24 Décembre 2016

 

... may we all carry the spirit of Christmas into 2017 so that all of us will know a little more kindness and peace in the New Year.

 

Leslie Lewis et Gérard Hagen "Bonjour de Paris" 30 Novembre 2016

 

It is hard to believe that we are into our fifth winter season in Paris.

Leslie Lewis et Gérard Hagen "Bonjour de Paris" 30 Octobre 2016

 

I was expecting to listen to quiet sound tracks of waves crashing on seaside rocks accompanied by some vaguely Asian sounding string instruments while getting relaxing massages and doing deep breathing exercises with slices of cucumbers over my eyes!

Leslie Lewis et Gérard Hagen "Bonjour de Paris" 23 Septembre 2016

 

It continued into September and got so crazy that on the 6th we received a 3:30 am text asking us to work that night, which happened to be our wedding anniversary!

Leslie Lewis et Gérard Hagen "Bonjour de Paris" 9 Juillet 2016

 

 I can carry on a rudimentary conversation in French, as long as everyone speaks very slowly and we only talk at a third grade level!

Leslie Lewis et Gérard Hagen "Bonjour de Paris" 25 Mai 2016

 

Frankly I am looking forward to some sunny beach days.

Leslie Lewis et Gérard Hagen "Bonjour de Paris" 27 Avril 2016

 

Around this time I suspected that he was not joking but Leslie just couldn't see why he would be so upset...

Leslie Lewis et Gérard Hagen "Bonjour de Paris" 30 Mars 2016

 

We saw more nuns in four days in Rome than I saw in four years of high school and my high school was called Saint Mary’s Catholic High School!   

 

Leslie Lewis et Gérard Hagen "Bonjour de Paris" 29 Février 2016

 

I was struck not by the fact that I had never seen that happen before, living in Paris for the past three years has prepared me to rarely be surprised by anything...

Leslie Lewis et Gérard Hagen "Bonjour de Paris" 7 Janvier 2016

 

This was my first time making stuffing and it required way more improvising than I had expected.

Leslie Lewis et Gérard Hagen "Bonjour de Paris" 11 December 2015

 

It was the way we got back into the secure area that caused some alarm with the authorities.

Leslie Lewis et Gérard Hagen "Bonjour de Paris" 1 November 2015

 

Somehow we managed to miss the more adventurous areas in the city that may have been more appealing if I were thirty years younger! 

Leslie Lewis et Gérard Hagen "Bonjour de Paris" October 2, 2015

 

Once we got started I was able to relax a bit, take a few deep breaths, and enjoy the moment.

Leslie Lewis et Gérard Hagen "Bonjour de Paris" 17 September 2015

 

We are back in Paris after spending the last four days in New York.  I always love being in New York and have to guard against the fantasy...

Leslie Lewis et Gérard Hagen "Bonjour de Paris" 30 August 2015

 

The first clue that I might have a problem was when I fell down just walking along the street one afternoon...

Leslie Lewis et Gérard Hagen "Bonjour de Paris" 26 July 2015

 

The day started with the power going out in our apt. as we were getting ready to leave.

Leslie Lewis et Gérard Hagen "Bonjour de Paris" 23 June 2015

 

If you think reading a doctor’s handwriting in English is hard, try doing it in French!

Leslie Lewis et Gérard Hagen "Bonjour de Paris" 18 April 2015

 

... we stored our luggage and left with the thought that we would return later in the afternoon to check in. Well we actually didn’t check in until 3:30 am.

Leslie Lewis et Gérard Hagen "Bonjour de Paris" 8 March 2015

 

Louis named the walk “The Kalaf Death March”.

Leslie Lewis et Gérard Hagen "Bonjour de Paris" 31 January 2015

 

The way it went was the band would shout “10”, and the band would play a flourish followed by “9” and another flourish and so on and so on.  You can see the problem here.  

Leslie Lewis et Gérard Hagen "Joyeux Noël de Paris". 18 Décembre 2014

 

Our wish for you is to have a very Merry Christmas, a joyful Hannukah and a Happy New Year filled with laughter, friendship and much love.

Leslie Lewis et Gérard Hagen "Bonjour de Paris" 6 Novembre 2014

 

Leslie: "Is my French accent okay? "

Clement: "No!"

Leslie: "How can I make it better."

Clement: "You don't sound angry enough.”

Leslie Lewis et Gérard Hagen "Bonjour de Paris" 9 September 2014

 

When they lit the thing up it was like being in a small room with 50 vacuum cleaners being started simultaneously.

Leslie Lewis et Gérard Hagen "Bonjour de Paris" 21 August 2014

 

 

There must be at least one Belgian monk with a sense of humor...

Leslie Lewis et Gérard Hagen "Bonjour de Paris" 30 July 2014

 

First I need to get a flowered shirt, khaki shorts, white tennis shoes and a fanny pack with a camera in it.

Leslie Lewis et Gérard Hagen "Bonjour de Paris" 30 June 2014

 

 ... pretty much every block of Paris has a band playing outdoors.  You can imagine the cacophony.

Leslie Lewis et Gérard Hagen "Bonjour de Paris" 28 May 2014

 

While we were sitting next to the water, two swans walked out of the river and sat down about 10 feet from us.  You can’t make this stuff up.  At least I can’t!

Leslie Lewis et Gérard Hagen "Bonjour de Paris". 4 April 2014

 

These kinds of things happen often here.  I have come to call these moments “a Parisienne thing”.

Leslie Lewis et Gérard Hagen "Bonjour de Paris". 6 March 2014

 

Leslie and I were approached to be a part of a new show that will trace the progression of black female singers from early blues and gospel to current R&B.

Leslie Lewis et Gérard Hagen "Bonne Année de Paris". 27 Janvier 2014

 

... the street had been decorated with very large lamp shades that were hanging above the band. It was a very festive atmosphere!

Leslie Lewis et Gérard Hagen "Bonne Année de Paris" 4 Janvier 2014

 

They were dressed completely in white. Shoes, socks, slacks, shirt, bow tie, vest and a tuxedo jacket complete with tails!

Leslie Lewis et Gérard Hagen "Joyeux Noël de Paris". 24 Décembre 2013

 

 

Joyeux Noël de Paris ...

 We hope for all of you the most heartfelt wishes for a blessed Christmas and a New Year that brings health, happiness and much love. 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,

Joyeux Noël et une Bonne Année,

Feliz Navidad y un Feliz Año Nuevo,

Buon Natale e un Felice Anno Nuovo,

 Leslie and Gerard 

Leslie Lewis et Gérard Hagen "Notes de Jazz de Paris". 7 Décembre 2013

 

 This is an amazingly quiet city.  It is quieter on the street here than it is in our apartment in Paris.

 

Leslie Lewis et Gérard Hagen "Notes de Jazz de Paris". 25 Novembre 2013

 

Having spent much of my life around musicians I assume the attraction is the idea of drinking and trying to hit something without fear of being arrested.

Leslie Lewis et Gérard Hagen "Notes de Jazz de Paris". 5 Novembre 2013

 

The phrase “What were we thinking?” repeatedly came up!

Leslie Lewis et Gérard Hagen "Notes de Jazz de Paris". 9 Octobre 2013

 

The night bus is, shall we say, colorful anytime you ride it ...

Leslie Lewis et Gérard Hagen "Notes de Jazz de Paris". 3 Septembre 2013

 

So here we go again... no telling what this year may bring!

Leslie Lewis et Gérard Hagen "Notes de Jazz de Paris". 15 Août 2013

 

She always seems to find some way to surprise me. If you have the idea that I’d be lost without her you’d be right!

Leslie Lewis et Gérard Hagen "Notes de Jazz de Paris". 29 Juillet 2013

 

Unfortunately I chose the only two people on the train who were more clueless that I. 

Leslie Lewis et Gérard Hagen "Notes de Jazz de Paris". 10 Juin 2013

 

Leslie picked up a very interesting job for June 22nd.  She will be flying to Corsica...

Leslie Lewis et Gérard Hagen "Notes de Jazz de Paris". 20 Mai 2013

 

Our concert in Monteux provided me with two of the most humorous and thus memorable moments I’ve ever had on stage. First a little background...

Leslie Lewis et Gérard Hagen "Notes de Jazz de Paris". 29 Avril 2013

 

This past weekend I had a little too much to drink and apparently committed Leslie and I to go to Bulgaria in August when we return from California.  In my defense it was very good wine!

Leslie Lewis et Gérard Hagen "Notes de Jazz de Paris".

 

Things are pretty busy.  Our duo CD is being mixed and mastered and will be available for purchase when we are in California this summer. This is the first recording we’ve done without a band.  It has been a bit scary to do a project that is so exposed

Concerts

  • July 26, 2017
    La Baule Jazz Festival Leslie et Gérard avec Quartet ,  La Baule,
     
  • July 27, 2017
    La Baule Jazz Festival Leslie et Gérard avec Quartet. ,  La Baule,
     
  • July 28, 2017
    La Baule Jazz Festival Leslie et Gérard avec Quartet. ,  La Baule,
     

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