Albi Jazz Festival #4 – Free Tarn
Concerts, tents, “impromptu” in the city, on the menu from January 14 to 22.
Launched in 2020, the Albi Jazz Festival is back at the start of the year with a program that combines big concerts, Off under the marquee and impromptu concerts across the city. The fourth issue will run from January 14 to 22.
To draw light and warmth in mid-January, there is nothing like meeting the excellence of jazz, now unmissable and firmly anchored in the musical imagination of Albigensian and Tarn. Six major concerts are organized in the three beautiful halls of the department, Grand Théâtre d’Albi, Maison de la Musique de Cap’Découverte and Apollo de Mazamet, but also free programs, meetings, master classes, public rehearsals…
Between Albi and jazz, a love story is reborn. Already, from 1982 to 1989, the city of bishops has held a festival. Thirty-one years later, in 2020, the musical genre is back in the limelight with the Albi Jazz Festival. This first issue, sponsored by André Manoukian, was a success with nearly 10,000 viewers. Hence the fourth edition which will start on January 14 with the same original DNA: on the one hand In with six major concerts (including four in Albi) and on the other hand Off which takes place under the hood (a Magic Mirrors installed Place des Cordeliers) can be accessed free of charge every night from 18.00 to 02.00.
The 2023 program, which is highly flamboyant with the number and quality of artists performing, remains open to the diversity of jazz aesthetics, the mix of genres and the diversity of cultures, a testament to the universality of this music and those who play it. .
Saturday January 14th, 8:30 p.m., House of Music, Cap’Découverte
A Pan-African jazz concert, Bengue sings about Africa, its history and diaspora issues. So many stories, orchestrated for percussion (marimba and balafon) with trombone, double bass and violin.
Sunday January 15th, 5pm, Espace Apollo at Mazamet
Lionel Suarez and André Minvielle, this duo is reforming and is a miracle with songs with lyrics and melodies of great originality. Songs that fill your body, heart and soul with the provisions you need to continue your journey.
Wednesday January 18, 8:30 p.m., Grand Théâtre d’Albi
The Macha Gharibian Trio is an extraordinary sound, an original composition underlined by Chris Jennings’ rhythmic bass and Dré Pallemaerts’ drums. Aerial trio, extraordinary sounds of sensuality, reveal of the Victoires du jazz 2020.
Thomas de Pourquery & Supersonic explodes the boundaries between jazz, progressive rock, intricate pop, psychedelic funk, contemporary, electronic, African music…
Thursday 19 January, 8:30 p.m., Grand Théâtre d’Albi
Lionel Suarez is imbued with the musical world of Carlos Gardel, in the spirit of acoustic chamber music, vibrating the timbres of jazz with the colors of an elegant tango orchestra. Trumpet player Airelle Besson, in this repertoire, is played with all improvisations.
The Frédéric Robert Quartet offers a musical journey through the best melodies of Brazilian jazz.
Friday January 20, 8:30 p.m., Grand Théâtre d’Albi
Pierre de Bethmann continued on his journey as a trio to explore all of the rich standard repertoire of various musical traditions, sometimes altered according to his harmonic and rhythmic inspirations. From Schumann to Vian, from Brassens to Stevie Wonder, from Cole Porter to Sam River, every reread is a lesson in refinement and sensitivity.
Airelle Besson Quartet: winner of the Django-Reinhardt prize from the Academy of Jazz and the Victoires du Jazz in the category “French instrumental revelation of the year”.
Saturday January 21, 8:30 p.m., Grand Théâtre d’Albi
Harrison Kennedy’s Jean-Jacques Milteau Vincent Ségal is one of music’s most successful marriages: a lively harmonica, a thrilling cello, an imaginative root guitar to sing of anger, pain and aspirations to happiness.
Théo Ceccaldi Quintet, voted successively French Musician of the Year by Jazz Magazine, then Revelation of the Year at the Victoires du Jazz, he stands out today as one of the most unique musicians in the new European jazz scene.
A DEAD festival
The Magic Mirrors marquee is moored in the forecourt of the Theater to host off-the-record, free-admission programs, built around a young regional jazz scene, in a warm cabaret club atmosphere. Bar and restaurant on site. The XXL program with guest of honor Lionel Suarez on January 22 and inspiring young musicians reflects the richness of contemporary jazz, a scene that is more eclectic and inventive than ever. Come and have a lunch break, an aperitif concert and end your evening with music: the friendliness and emotion of the music is guaranteed!
Jazz in town
Students of the Conservatoire de Musique et de Danse du Tarn (Jazz class) and Julien Duthu offer a soundstage throughout the city.
• 12:30pm: concert lunch break
Thursday January 19: David Pautric Sextet
Friday January 20: Julien Duthu & Friends
Saturday January 21st: Yougz and The Wonder Drums
Sunday January 22: Lionel Suarez plays solo at 12:30pm + French Quarter Trio at 3pm.
• 7 pm: aperitif concert
Wednesday, January 18: Bøl
Thursday, January 19: CMDT Big Band
Friday, January 20: Tribute to Louis Armstrong
Saturday January 21: UHO
• 21:00: evening concert
Wednesday January 18: Wanderer
Thursday January 19: The Other Big Band (17 musicians)
Friday, January 20 : Dju
Saturday 21 January: The Etienne Manchon Trio
• 23:00: jam session
Improv session under the sign share!
Electro night with LUV Friday January 20th
From January 14 to 22, Albi. Big concerts from 10 to 30€.