Jazz en Tête, a story of generations | 7 Days in Clermont

Like every year, Jazz en Tête will be a great crossover of generations of musicians. The youngest will be able to rub shoulders with seniors who wrote the first hours of the Clermont-Ferrand festival, already 30 years ago.

Winton Marsalis, Kenny Garrett, Kirk Lightsey: the names of these three musicians already appeared on the posters of Jazz en Tête in 1989, 1990 and 1991 … For 30 years, they have written the history of jazz and have placed themselves as leaders, the festival witnessed this. These certain acensions in the hierarchy of musicians have proven the great knowledge of the environment and the clairvoyance of the Riomois, Xavier Felgeyrolles, co-founder of the event, current artistic director who has always been able to highlight future glories. A lot has happened in the world of jazz since the first edition in 1988 but this music remains alive and more creative than ever. These three musicians, during their first visits to Clermont, had cohabited on stage with the reference musicians of the time always ready to share some artist secrets and to invite the youngest to rub shoulders with them on stage or during famous jams. -sessions, a real school of jazz. The wheel has turned and here they are today at the level of those they admired at the time; in turn to transmit.

The faithful

Trumpeter Winton Marsalis, who had not returned to Clermont since 1989, is undoubtedly one of the most influential figures in contemporary jazz. He was the first artist to receive a Grammy Award for his jazz and classical music recordings, and the first jazzman to receive the Pulitzer Prize for music. General and artistic director of the Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York, he performs regularly with the group with which he is coming to Auvergne this year, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. The brilliant saxophonist Kenny Garrett, regular at the Maison de la Culture where he performed five times after accompanying Miles Davis at the Maison des sports returns with a new album that he will present on the occasion of the 34th edition of Jazz on your mind. Its repeated passages are always a treat for amateurs who never tire of listening to it. As for Kirk Lightsey, an excellent pianist who was a traveling companion of Dexter Gordon and Chet Baker and sidemen of Dee Dee Bridgwater, godmother of the festival, he is one of those musicians unfairly under-mediated but proves with each passage on stage, his talent and his sense of good nature.

and the new guard

Apart from renowned artists, the festival will bring together musicians to follow and who, in turn, will become guides for future generations. The bassist, Joe Sanders, leader of the short-lived Jet New Stars 21, the trumpeter Keyon Harrold, the pianist Xavier Belin, the drummer Makaya McCraven or the Abraham family will perform as representatives of jazz in all that it has today. and modern. Finally, as it should be, the festival will highlight a formation from Auvergne, that of drummer Marc Verne surrounded for the occasion by pillars of the Clermont jazz scene and even a little more since the singer Christophe Adam will be invited to take the stage.
Jazz en Tête version 2021, will therefore be faithful to its line of conduct while being sufficiently eclectic to address all audiences.


Jazz en tête 2021 poster

34th edition of the Jazz en Tête festival

From October 13 to 23, 2021, Maison de la culture de Clermont, Boulevard Mitterrand
Health pass required to attend concerts


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Jazz en Tête, a story of generations | 7 Days in Clermont

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