Jean-Michel Defaye (born 1932) is a French pianist, composer, arranger and conductor known for his collaboration with French poet and singer-songwriter Léo Ferré.

He was born in Saint-Mandé, Val-de-Marne near Paris, on 18 September 1932. Aged ten he entered the Paris Conservatoire and completed his musical training in theory, piano and composition, taking in Nadia Boulanger's accompaniment class. In 1952 he won the Premier Second Grand Prix de Rome and the following year he won second prize in composition for the Belgian Queen Elisabeth competition.

As a composer he wrote mostly for brass and especially trombone.

As an arranger, he worked during ten years with Léo Ferré. He is mostly known by general public in France today for this body of work. At piano in the Olympia Big Band.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1986 The Burlesque Trombone Christian Lindberg, Roland Pöntinen 1
1998 Le Trombone Francais Ronald Barron, Fredrik Wanger 1

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1998 Louis de Funès Raymond Lefebvre 3
1998 Louis de Funès, Volume 2 : Pouic-pouic / Le grand restaurant / Le petit baigneur / Le tatoué / Sur un arbre perché / Les aventures de Rabbi Jacob / L'aile ou la cuisse / La zizanie / L'avare / La grosse valse Various Artists 1
2014 Louis de Funès : Musiques de films 1963 – 1982 Various Artists 1
Maurice André - Trompettissimo Various Artists 1
Slide Area Joseph Alessi, Jonathan Feldman 1

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