When? August 30-September 11 2016
What? A ‘jazz’ festival that’s very creative with its programming.
Where? The Parc de la Villette
The Jazz à la Villette festival is one of the most hotly anticipated events of the back-to-school season for musically-minded Parisians. Every concert is unique, a meeting between different artists: jazz, funk, hip-hop, blues and world. It’s brilliantly orchestrated 21st-century jazz, mixed with rhythms and instruments from around the world.
The programme for this year’s edition at Parc de la Villette features the usual blend of established masters and up-and-coming talent, boppers and fusion artists, swing bands and free jazz quartets, Western and Eastern tradition. Standout gigs include an opening performance from hip-hop legend Nas, playing with support from Saul Williams and the David Murray quartet, as well as new jazz heroes Gogo Penguin, the UK’s brilliant Laura Mvula, the Erik Truffaz Quartet playing with Malian music royalty Rokia Traoré, and a ‘Tribute to Fela Kuti’ starring his youngest son, Seun Kuti, plus Ibeyi, Talib Kweli and more.
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