The Côte d’Azur is used to VIP guests, but it is another all together to witness them on stage. Jazz À Juan, from 14th to 24th July, is a unique fixture on the region’s event calendar as year after year, its revolutionary concept continues to attract some of the biggest names - not only in jazz, but in the music industry as a whole - to its al fresco stage on the shores of the Mediterranean.
This prestigious musical event began its history in the 1960s: there are stories of a love affair between Ray Charles and the festival’s exclusive pine grove arena, and a duet between Ella Fitzgerald and a resident cicada. It is a truly special festival, which is proved time again in its extraordinary line-up and voguish approach to the place of jazz in musical society.
Highlights of this year’s event include Monaco’s Compagnie des Carabiniers du Prince, American soul and funk band Earth, Wind & Fire, living legend - and ‘best guitarist of all time’ according to Eric Clapton - Buddy Guy, lord of the saxophone Archie Shepp, the beautiful voice of Gregory Porter, stylish and unconventional Diana Krall, Grammy Award winner Marcus Miller, and the young Robin McKelle, who has all the power, strength and vocal ability of jazz’s finest mistresses.
The Jazz Off fringe festival runs alongside the main stage event and will see 200 musicians in the streets and squares of Antibes and Juan-les-Pins, all offering their unique musical talents to the public. It is always a very joyous occasion!
Tickets are available online.