For all the jazz lovers visiting and living on the Côte d’Azur, the annual music festival Jazz à Juan is taking place at Pinède Gould at Juan-les-Pins from 14th to 23rd July. The line-up this year includes music legends such as Macy Gray, Sting, Tom Jones and Hiromi.
The festival hopes to reinvigorate the jazz scene in the south of France and also aims to give a voice to the newer and younger jazz artists. The festival begins 14th July in a perhaps unknowingly symbolic gesture to Bastille Day and also the first anniversary of the terrorist attack in nearby Nice: jazz was created from collective hope for the future in the depths of New Orleans over a hundred years ago.
The festival will begin with a private, invitation-only concert given by the Israeli jazz saxophonist Eli Degibri on Bastille Day. Throughout the ten days that follow, there will be concerts every night and a ‘Jazz Off’ fringe event on 15th July where jazz will fill the streets from the Promenade du Soleil in Juan-les-Pins to Boulevard d'Aguillon in Antibes. More than a hundred musicians will take to the streets preforming free concerts that night.
Some of the highlights of the festival include performances by Luke Elliott and Tom Jones on 17th July, Macy Gray and Gregory Porter on 19th July, Kandace Springs on 22nd July and finally, for the culmination of the festival, there will be a free concert open to all and featuring a concert by the Blind Boys of Alabama in Juan-les-Pins. For more information regarding tickets see http://www.jazzajuan.com/. Tickets can be bought online or at specific spots in Antibes and Juan-les-Pins.