Thomas Dutronc is the son of two of the most successful and iconic stars of French music from the 1960s and beyond: Jacques Dutonc and Francoise Hardy.
Jazz and Gypsy guitar was Thomas Dutroncs early passion, inspired by the great Django Reinhardt. This influence was clear and overt for all to see on his 2007 debut album Comme Un Manouche Sans Guitar (Like A Gypsy Without A Guitar). The album was kicked off with the single J’Aime Plus Paris and became a huge commercial success.
Dutronc has collaborated with a wide range of jazz and pop artists including Birelli Lagrene from the world of Jazz and Henri Salvador from the world of French pop. And of course with his father Jacques.
Dutronc’s dry wit and self-effacing humor, combined with that friendly singing voice (that closely resembles his father’s), endeared him to audiences all over the region. Dutronc and his quintet toured, and he made time for studio work with revered French artists such as Eddy Mitchell and Charles Aznavour and penned the title track to an otherwise Eric Serra-composed score for Luc Besson’s film Les Aventures Extraordinaires d’Adèle Blanc-Sec. In 2011, Dutronc returned with Silence On Tourne, On Tourne en Rond, that showcased his seamless fusion of manouche and indie rock. It peaked at number two on the French and Belgian album charts and placed in Switzerland. Both of its singles also charted. Dutronc began an intensive round of touring across Europe in support of the recording. Almost two years later, he and Imelda May paired to issue the single “Clint (Silence on Tourne)” as a digital download. It also charted. In 2014, Dutronc guested as guitarist on Paris, the fourth album by Zaz (Isabelle Geffroy).
In the spring of 2020, Dutronc released his dream project, Frenchy, on Blue Note. An album dedicated to French song, it featured compositions associated with its greatest singers and songwriters. In addition to his own group, Dutronc invited friends to collaborate including Diana Krall, Iggy Pop, Billy Gibbons, Jeff Goldblum, and Haley Reinhart.