Celebrated jazz bassist PIERRE MICHELOT died on Sunday (03JUL05) in his native Paris, France following a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 77.

Michelot earned the reputation of being one of the greatest bass players in Europe after performing for American troops after the end of World War II.

He garnered international acclaim for his performance on the soundtrack to Louis Malle's 1957 movie ASCENSEUR POUR L'ECHAFAUD (ELEVATOR TO THE GALLOWS) and went on to perform with jazz greats including, Miles Davis and DIZZY GILLESPIE.

He also made a brief foray into the acting world, with his role in French director Bertrand Tavernier's 1986 film ROUND MIDNIGHT, about a musician in 1950s Paris.

Pianist RENE URTREGER, a member of Michelot's jazz trio, HUM, says, "He had a magnificent natural sound, clear, deep and true. It was a dream to play with him."

05/07/2005 02:55