For 2015, there's an eclectic and exciting line up of jazz musicians, starting with saxophonists Anthony Braxton, Archie Shepp and Peter Brötzmann, the pianist and flautist Brian Jackson (who will perform his old friend Gil Scott-Heron's soul and jazz repertoire), and French musicians Louis Sclavis and Bernard Lubat. These festival regulars will be joined by brilliant young, up-and-coming musicians Vincent Peirani, Ambrose Akinmusire, Theo Bleckmann, pianist Craig Taborn and more. With a glorious, high calibre lineup, Sons d'Hiver is just one more reason to get out there and explore beyond the périphérique.See the full programme and book tickets here.
Paris's banlieues all too often suffer from a bad rep (just ask Fox News), but the reality is far more complex and inspiring. And what better example than jazz festival Sons d'Hiver - now in its 24th edition, the endlessly popular event holds the bulk of its shows in the suburban Val-de-Marne area of southeast Paris.