Americans return to a dense and varied program

As one of the pillars of Jazz at La Villette, American musicians are about to disappear from the famous festival in northeast Paris due to Covid-19. In this return to school 2022, they are making a strong return to the event that will start on Wednesday August 31. “Americans can never go, there is suddenly something circulating more. We see a pre-Covid configuration”, rejoiced with AFP Frank Piquard, programmer of the festival that will take place until September 11.

The American artists of the 2022 edition come from New Orleans, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, bastion cities of jazz in the country where this music was born more than a century ago. They contain the new currents of a scene that flows across the Atlantic, with young talents who take their inspiration from funk, hip-hop or electronic music and shake the jazz codes. “We said to ourselves that maybe this is the time to focus on young people, there are many proposals for new projects”, details by Frank Piquard.

Among these proposals that have time to develop in this limited period, the number DOMi & JD Beck, a duo of young musicians perform a jazz groove (September 10, Grande Halle ). Another duo, between electro-pop and funk: Knower, brings together drummer Louis Cole and singer Geneviève Artadi (September 4, Grande Halle). This duo is from Los Angeles.

New Orleans delegates the Tank and the Bangas, a “combo” funny that interprets the refreshing music where funk, hip hop, soul and jazz collide (September 1, Grande Halle).

Clarinetist and multi-instrumentalist Angel Bat Dawid will represent the Chicago school with a mystical free jazz in the tradition of his elders who promoted the concept of “Great Black Music” in the 1960s (September 7, Cité de la Musique) .

These young musicians always get support from their elders. The Jazz à La Villette festival wants to witness these links made between generations. Cimafunk, a young Cuban funk-rap group, will dialogue with trombonist Fred Wesley, 79, former member of JB Horns, James Brown’s legendary brass section of the last century (September 1, Grande Halle) .

Another example of cross-generational training: Scary Goldings, a vintage funky-jazzy-soul band born on the web in which guitarist John Scofield, 70, who worked with Miles Davis, fifty-year-old Larry Goldings on the organ and thirty years. -old MonoNeon live together. on bass or Louis Cole on drums (September 4, Grande Halle). Without forgetting that DOMi & JD Beck were named after the giant Herbie Hancock who played on their first record released recently.

Among all these discoveries, some legends of jazz are also on the bill: Abdullah Ibrahim (September 6, Cité de la Musique), Kenny Baron and Dave Holland (September 2, Philharmonie), or Ravi Coltrane (September 11, Philharmonie).

Pianist Abdullah Ibrahim is one of the last survivors of the South African jazz adventure born in the townships of the early 1960s, during apartheid. Alone at the piano, he takes his listeners on one of those journeys where he has a secret.

Jazz à La Villette likes to discuss the history of soul and funk music, by honoring its heroes. After the beautiful tributes given to Bill Withers by José James and Prince by Jeanne Added in 2021, it’s Marvin Gaye’s turn to be honored.

In 1971, Marvin Gaye released a revolutionary album: What happened. Drugs, civil rights, poverty, the Vietnam War, ecology… he explored many themes there, which destroyed his image as an interpreter of romances. The songs from this mythical album will be revived thanks to the Nu Civilization Orchestra, a branch of Tomorrow’s Warriors, a kind of very open jazz school with a great social integration based in London. “A project with as much political and social dimension as a purely artistic one”, promoting Frank Piquard (September 11, Grande Halle).

Some musical legends should be honored at Jazz à la Villette. Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane will explore the music of his parents John and Alice (September 11). Guitarist Matthis Pascaud and singer Hugh Coltman collaborated for a musical project around Dr John, legend of New Orleans, a city that Coltman already celebrated in 2017 on his disc Who is Happy? (September 8, Grande Halle).

Finally, Asynchrone, directed by cellist Clément Petit and sound engineer Frédéric Soulard, will visit the work of Japanese composer Ryūichi Sakamoto in a premiere (September 4, Cité de la Musique).

To continue with the participants in France and Europe, it is necessary to underline the presence of the British in Kokoroko, a group mixed with Afrobeat at the full rise of the European jazz scene, on the opening night of the festival (August 31, Grande Halle) .

Also to be discovered, trombonist Robinson Khoury will present his second album Broken Lines (September 2, Studio de l’Ermitage), Italian drummer Simone Prattico and his famous guests (September 1, Studio de l’Ermitage), the creation Dress code flautist Jocelyn Mienniel and pianist Chassol (September 4, Cité de la Musique), saxophonist Émile Parisien and his excellent disc Louisa (September 11, Philharmonie), Swiss keyboardist Gauthier Toux (Studio de l’Ermitage, September 8), pianist Cheick Tidiane Seck solo (September 7, Cité de la musique), violinist Clément Janinet’s OURS project (September 8, Atelier du Plateau ), not forgetting the whole program for young people…

Finally, note the presence at the festival of the amazing Israeli trumpeter Avishai Cohen who will come to present his latest album, Plain Truth (September 9, Cité de la Musique), and Cuban pianist Roberto Fonseca, a regular at Jazz à la Villette (September 3, Grande Halle).

Jazz at La Villette, from August 31 to September 11, 2022 in Paris
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