Open air concerts in a setting by the sea... If that hasn’t sold you on a trip to Ramatuelle, the line-up for the 33rd edition of this excellent coastal jazz festival just might! Riviera Insider is also giving away tickets for the event so keep scrolling to find out more.
Opening the festival on 16th August will be five musicians: Emile Parisien (saxophone), Vincent Peirani (accordion), Michel Portal (clarinet), Bojan Z (piano) and Andreas Schaerer (vocals). Parisien and Peirani should be recognisable names to regulars in the Ramatuelle audience, but vocalist Schaerer is new to the scene. He’ is a veritable one-man orchestra!
The following night is a tribute to Joe Zawinul, the ‘wizard of the electric piano, co-leader of Weather Report and father figure of jazz-rock’. Numerous musicians will come together to reinvent the great man’s hits in a brand new way.
On 18th August, Sly Johnson – a favourite of the festival since the 1990s – returns to the beach town for a new project with Andre Ceccarelli (keyboards), Laurent de Wilde (keyboards) and Fifi Chayeb (bass). “This group’s improvisation and their irresistible mix of soul, funk and hip-hop will have you on your feet and dancing in the aisles,” say organisers.
The Fred Hersch Trio will perform on 19th August. Described as a ‘byword for jazz piano [whose] ability to instantly switch into improvisation represents the essence of jazz’, main man Fred and his troupe, John Hebert (bass) and Eric McPherson (percussion), have septn the last few years appearing at top venues and festivals around the world. Ramatuelle is next!
And rounding off the festival is Hugh Coltman, who was voted Vocalist of the Year at the Victoires du Jazz Awards 2017. Along with a stellar cast of musicians, this summer Coltman will pay homage to Nat King Cole with Who’s Happy. “He brings his smoky voice and sharp lyrics together with Louisiana fanfares in a generous brew, blending jazz, blues and soul with the flavours of the Deep South. Come and hear him - no holds barred!” say organisers.
A pass for all five nights at the Théâtre de Verdure costs €150, single passes cost €40. VIP tickets are also available at €110 and include a dinner follows the selected concert. For more information and the full programme for the fringe Festival Off programme:
Riviera Insider has a pass (for two people) for each night of the festival to give away. To be in with a chance of winning, please send your name, address and contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org with JAZZ A RAMATUELLE in the subject line. Bonne chance!