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The ''Jazz à Saint-Germain-des-Prés'' Festival

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From May 6th through the 23th, Jazz returns to its roots and settles down in Saint-Germain-des-Prés in Paris. Concerts, photo exhibitions, meetings and exchanges give life to jazz in all its forms.

After the Second World War, the Parisian neighborhood of Saint-Germain-des-prés became the flagship venue of artistic and intellectual expression. Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre were the Deux Magots while jazz invaded cellars and cabarets. Juliette Gréco and Boris Vian made their debut as American artists like Mile Davis or Sidney Bechet escaped racism.

The "Jazz à Saint-Germain-des-Prés" FestivalFifty years later, the Saint-Germain-des-Prés Jazz Festival revives the jazz spirit with multiple events. At the origin of this initiative, Frédéric Charbaut, Donatienne Hantin and Joël Le Roy (d. 2001) have a common wish to bring to life their love of music in the spirit of freedom and tolerance. "It is very important for us to be able to give voice to the musicians in the best possible way; that is by making them feel at home and offering them optimal conditions to be seen and to play" confided Fredéric Charbaut during this 8th edition of the festival. But it is not for the organizers to be redundant with the programming of the numerous clubs and the other concert halls in Paris. At the heart of their concerns are innovation and discovery. It is in that spirit of initiative and novelty that they have organized the first concert of Norah Jones in France.

The new-comers this year are Pierrick Pedron, Yaron Herman, Deborah Benasoul among others. In our report, we offer you the discovery of two other newbies: singer Sarah Lenka and trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf.

© Jeremy CharbautSpeaking about new experiences, the festival is no exception with various original combinations such as pianist Bojan Z accompanying Petra Magoni for a tribute to the Beatles or the mad alliance of pianist Jacky Terrasson, saxophonist Jan Garbarek, drummer Manu Katché and bassist Rémi Vignolo.

But what has also attracted the eyes and ears of Fine Art Tv is the presence, since the beginning of the festival, of photographic exhibitions. Showing all the passion, trance and concentration of the musicians, four photographers are presenting their graphic vision of Jazz: Pascal Bouclier, Jeremy Charbaut, Alain Cotte and Vincent Kowalski. With them, photographer Patricia de Gorostarzu presents her large formats taken from the dark room, retracing her crossing of the USA by way of the famous Highway 66.

Fine Art Tv, today turned to music, is pleased to present the Jazz Festival of Saint-Germain-des-Prés.

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