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In 1948, Ventura invited Distel to listen to Dizzy Gillespie perform with his orchestra, along with Bruno Coquatrix , Paul Misraki and André Hornez . Distel's efforts led to the orchestra's split, which gave birth to two rival bands: Guy Wormser's New Orleans die-hards and the cool jazz and bebop aficionados led by Distel. After meeting Hubert Damisch , a saxophone player, Sacha founded the band that would allow him to be up with the leaders. With help from Jean Marie Ingrand (bass), Mimi Perrin (piano) and Jean-Louis Viale (drums), the band won the Coliseum's Night of Jazz "Meilleur Petit Orchestre Moderne" award, with Damisch and Distel winning prizes as musicians on the same night. Distel became a professional jazz guitarist. Over his career he worked alongside Dizzy Gillespie and Tony Bennett and appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in the late 1950s after establishing himself as a French crooner .

Distel's father, Leon, came from Odessa and, in 1917, he escaped the Bolshevik revolution by walking to Paris. With the same determination, he established himself in the city, opening an electrical store and marrying into a musical family. His wife, Andrée, who was Jewish, was a talented pianist and a graduate of the Paris Conservatoire and her brother became a noted bandleader. Ray Ventura et ses Collégiens were very popular and, as Ventura still lived with his parents, the young Distel, who was born in 1933, would watch him play and compose.

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