● 6.30pm - Petite Pinède. Angle Leonetti street and Baudouin boulevard
Thursday 12th July
Will Barber, 42 years old, lives in Gruissan. At 17, he formed his first band, first doing a cover of "Californian punk music" then more oriented to metal music. Over the years, he refined his music and it is alone, with his guitar, that he performs today. His country-blues musical sphere and his look were as surprising than his rough voice, during the auditions of french TV programme "The Voice". "With his lap steel on his knees, this great fan of Ben Harper is more on the side of those who have the blues in their souls and the rhythm in their skin. (In "Rolling Stones" magazine)
Saturday 14th July
Glenelg Jazz Ensemble
Coming from Maryland, on the east coast of the United States, the Glenelg Jazz Ensemble has received more than 60 awards over the last thirty years, in tribute of its energy and professionalism. From Florida to Canada, the young and talented students who compose it continue to perform on the occasion of prestigious events. In Europe, the public was able to discover them at the "North Sea Jazz Festival" (Netherlands), at Vienna and at "Jazz à Juan", which is happy to welcome this beautiful and brilliant formation again.
Monday 16th July
The Mississippians Jazz Ensemble is big band composed bt 18 musicians under the direction of Dr. Michael Worthy. The members of the group are undergraduate and graduate students from the University of Mississippi specializing in music and other disciplines.
Tuesday 17th July
Amaury Faye Trio
Considered as one of the most promising pianists of his generation, Amaury Faye is one of the headliners of the new generation of French jazz pianists. In 2014, he enters the Berklee school, where from the start he studies with internationally famous musicians such as Joanne Brackeen, and is awarded in 2015 the “Berklee Jazz Performance Award” that rewards the best pianist of the year. The numerous awards he received since 2015 (“Jazz à Vienne” winner 2016, Avignon Jazz International Springboard 2017, or even the Audience Award and Second Jury Prize at the “International Biberacher Jazzpreis” 2016 in Germany), support his reputation as improviser and composer. At the helm of his trio (Louis Navarro – double bass and Théo Lanau – drums), he plays in Belgium, France and Canada and has won in August 2017 the price “Revelation!” of Jazz Magazine/Jazzman for his first album “Clearway”.
Wednesday 18th July
Gauthier Toux Trio
As the new face of the French and Swiss jazz scene, winner of the 2016 Festival de Jazz de la Défense contest, the trio of the pianist Gauthier Toux was just crowned winner of the 2017 Rezzo Focal Jazz springboard in Vienne. Somewhere between The Bad Plus and E.S.T, Gauthier Toux and his companions (Maxence Sibille on drums and Kenneth Dahl Knusden on double bass) have a contagious groove, an inventive jazz that is also organic and powerful, mixing simple melodies, pop inspirations, hip-hop or organic rhythms with a pretty sense of contrasts.
Thursday 19th July
Taking the double bass into contemporary electro-acoustic music, Merakhaazan presents a personal view of the musical recital for string intrument. Listening to his compositions, the audience is immediately transported into a melodic universe astonishing of complexity. The concept of Merakhaazan is a solo project based on double bass and sound diversity. It is also a technical performance that transforms the instrument into a sound generator. The double bass is amplified and relayed by a system of loopers, and multiply sound in search of a new musical dimension.
Friday 20th July
Having lived in New York for more than ten years, violinist Scott Tixier has become a leading figure of the New York scene. He has played with Kenny Barron, or in the band of the legendary Stevie Wonder, with whom he toured two years before. Spotted at 16 by violinist Jean Luc Ponty, who contributed to making him popular to the American audience, he also played with Roger Waters, Anthony Braxton, Cassandra Wilson, Christina Aguilera, Chris Potter, Jon Hendricks, Natalie Cole, Lizz Wright, Ed Sheeran... In 2017, the release of his album “Cosmic Adventure” gets him designed as “Best New Jazz Artist” by the magazine Jazz Times. Chamber music, afro-cuban groove and modern jazz: a unique cocktail to discover on the stage.
Saturday 21st July
18h30 - « Tie Break »
Tie Break is a “Power Trio” created around the pianist, composer and multi-instrumentalist Cyril Benhamou, originating from jazz and modern music, who has become the pillar of the Marseille scene those last years. Awarded several times – including from the Jazz Festival of la Défense and by the SACEM, Tie Break practices an open, dynamic and energetic music, firmly modern, following in the steps of musicians such as Robert Glasper or Christian Scott, with blended melodies of hip hop groove and world music.
Sunday 22nd July
“Pianist with a beautiful touch, singer whose intensity of voice takes over the senses” (Sylvain Siclier in le Monde), Macha Gharibian, immersed in music since her childhood (her father co-founded the unclassifiable band Bratsch, pioneer of the world music made in France), studied to be a classical pianist, before turning, with determination, to jazz. While sometimes accompanying bands such as “Papiers d’Arménie” or “Les Ogres de Barback”, she created her own style, way of playing and writing that are deeply personal. Her last album, “Trans Extended” (2016) takes us in the land of unclassifiable music with her very unique style, between oriental jazz, neo-classic and adventurous pop. A daring composer, she sculpts themes with celestial colours.