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Chucho Valdes - Tribute to Irakere at Jazz A Vienne

At the age of 73, Cuban giant Chucho Valdés, accompanied by the Afro Cuban Messengers, presents his “Tribute to Irakere”, which is both a band and a musical movement that he launched at the beginning of the 1970s. Once again Valdés has placed himself at the very crossroads of jazz, Cuban music and African rhythms. Vigorous and exciting. From the beginning of the 1970s and the creation of the Irakere band, he has proven to be an innovative bandleader, as famous for his breathtaking solos as for the sophistication of his Latin fusion music. Having just released Border Free (his 35th album) as a tribute to his father, this gentle godfather of Latin jazz...

Avishai Cohen's New York Divison at Jazz A Vienne

A native of Israel having lived in New York since the 1990s, Avishai Cohen is a citizen of the world, a master of contemporary jazz. Following Gently Disturbed released seven years ago now on his own, Razdaz label, Avishai recorded Aurora, a first opus for the prestigious Blue Note label. From that period on the double bass player has been expressing himself further in song, in English, Hebrew or Ladino, a reflection of his nomadic music. His origins cause him to lean naturally towards the melodic riches of the Orient. Avishai Cohen can surprise whether leading a quintet, a simple duo or a trio. For his new opus From Darkness, he has gathered his favorite...

Maceo Parker at Jazz A Vienne

Maceo Parker is the last artist still working in authentic funk. The saxophonist steers a path between James Brown style soul of the 1960s and George Clinton’s 1970s funk. His two mentors with whom he worked over a long period. In the 1990s he broke free and began a brilliant solo career. Maceo Parker is king of a highly vital funk. On stage at the Théâtre Antique he strings together songs and instrumentals bringing alive the music of James Brown with staggering energy. The spirit of his native North Carolina emanates like essence of soul each time he blows on his sax, preferable an alto. Some fifteen albums in 25 years, nearly 200 concerts per year: his new...

Roy Hargrove Quintet Special guest Yasiin Bey (Aka Mos Def) Live at Jazz A Vienne

A native of Texas, Roy Hargrove has been traveling the world since the end of the 1980s accompanying the most prestigious of musicians, such as Sonny Rollins, Herbie Hancock and Wynton Marsalis. Now leader of a quintet, future greats can’t wait to play with him. In Vienne, he invites Mos Def, alias Yaslin Bey, a New York artist, to set the Théâtre Antique alight. It’s an explosive collaboration between the Texan trumpeter’s transcendent jazz and the cutting flow of the US rapper. Although his background is jazz, Roy Hargrove is a lover of soul, funk and hip-hop. Whenever a musician has appealed to him and whatever school of music he adheres to, Hargrove has...

The Golden Gate Quartet – 80 years Live at Jazz a Vienne

United by a single passion for swing, the vocal skills of the Mills Brothers and traditional Negro spirituals, in 1934 four students from the Booker T. Washington College in Virginia created the Golden Gate Quartet Jubilee Singers. They quickly became the Golden Gate Quartet, an innovative gospel choir group whose fame spread so fast that they have never stopped touring the world, from the end of the war till today. The Golden Gate Quartet’s experience is unique: more than 80 years on the gospel stage! Paul Brembly (baritone), Frank Davis (1st tenor), Michael Robinson (2nd tenor) and Terry François (bass) are the artistic heirs to the choir, all trained by...