Fest Jazz 2017 Shaping Up To Be The Best Yet…!

For your fascination! Simply imagine your are already on the banks of The Aulne:

Fest Jazz 2017 Beckons! Fun, Festive, French! Featuring International Bands!


Fest Jazz, Châteauneuf-du-Faou, the young at heart festival
everyone is talking about.

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Fest Jazz 2017 28th – 30th July: Phenomenal Fun, Festive Jazz, International Stars! On the banks of The Aulne in Brittany! Book Early!

Fest Jazz is a young at heart festival that has been making waves in the jazz world for some years now!

Set on the banks of the River Aulne at Châteauneuf-du-Faou, one of the prettiest corners of Brittany, it attracts artists and fans from around the world. The atmosphere is relaxed and convivial with a great mixture of nationalities and generations. And there are swing dancers everywhere!

It is a young at heart festival with a young management team, young artists, a wonderful mix of nationalities and generations as well as a programme which presents jazz at its dynamic best.

No pretensions, no elitism, no rows of bejewelled bourgeoisie clapping politely as another “past their best diva” goes through the motions on stage! Fest Jazz is a festival where young and old, French, English and a host of other nationalities come together for a weekend long party.

As at every Fest Jazz there is a mix of music styles and plenty of young, exciting traditional style bands. Even more so this year and here’s how!

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Fest Jazz 2017 Early Bird Tickets On Sale Until 23rd January

The Fest Jazz Team

The 2016 Fest Jazz Team. Expect another enthusiastic and youthful team in 2017


Friday 28th – Sunday 30th July

Book Your Early Bird Tickets NOW!

After last year’s record breaking twelfth edition of Fest Jazz, we can reveal the first bands and stars booked for Fest Jazz 2017.

This young at heart festival, set in the depths of the beautiful Brittany countryside, attracts artistes and fans from around the world! The atmosphere is relaxed and convivial with a wide range of nationalities and generations. And there are swing dancers everywhere!

Many in the jazz world are talking about Fest Jazz as the “new wave festival”. Why not come and see for yourself and join in the fun?  “Early Bird” tickets will be on sale until 23rd January – just 50€ for a weekend stroller ticket giving access to all venues. For a couple, that’s a saving of at least 18€ on the normal price. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.fest-jazz.com/tickets. The page is in English.  If you have any questions don’t hesitate to email: contact@fest-jazz.com.

What better way to shake off the winter blues!

Meanwhile Some 2017 Programme Tasters!

Gunhild Carling
Gunhild Carling is one of our era’s most celebrated jazz stars.  She plays around 20 instruments and her dancing has to be seen to be believed!  She combines her extraordinary virtuoso skills with elements of vaudeville flamboyance that will take your breath away. In the last few months she has played in Argentina, Central Park New York, Seoul, Las Vegas, Israel, Bangkok and now Châteauneuf-du-Faou!  An unforgettable Fest Jazz scoop.

Second Line Jazz Band
One of the most popular New Orleans style bands in Europe, the Second Line Jazz Band from Sweden was formed in 1989. Original improvisations and arrangements and a tremendous intensity in their playing have given them opportunities to perform at many jazz clubs and festivals, as well as on TV and radio in, for example, England, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, and now Brittany!

Agathe Iracema Quartet
A young Franco-Brazilian singer who mixes intimate bossa nova melodies with explosive samba rhythms and Brazilian jazz. One of the most sought after young stars in French Jazz today.

Les Sweet Peppers
Fest Jazz prides itself in finding new, young, New Orleans style bands each year. Les Sweet Peppers frm Montpelier in the south of France are very much in this tradition.  Have a look at their new video …

A young acapella  group from the Paris region. What talent and what French charm!

The Dorine de Wit Band with Jamie Brownfield,  Jack Cottrell and Tom Kinkaid
Well known to the UK jazz world, Dorine’s group was a sensation at Fest Jazz 2016 and we just had to invite them back in 2017.  They are playing throughout the weekend and will again be hugely popular.

All this just for starters! The rest of the programme (over 100 musicians) will be revealed
in the New Year!

Thank you Angelina Beauvir, Trevor Stent and the entire Fest Jazz Team for again selecting Jazz&Jazz to help promote your brilliant Brittany Festival.

Peter M Butler
Editor & Proprietor Jazz&Jazz

French Rag Stars of Fest Jazz 2016 Planning an October/November 2017 UK Tour


It was a privilege to film French Rag at Fest Jazz 2016. They not only won the Battle of Jericho, they won the hearts and minds of the discerning Fest Jazz fans, including mine.

And now they plan to win hearts and minds in the UK with a 2017 tour.
So, more about the band.

First the eight piece line up:

Mickaël Knockaert (Trumpet/Bugle)
Gordon Ortenzio (Sax)
Constant Sajaloli (T-bone)
Vincent Evrard (Guitar/Banjo)
Antoine Rivière (Guitar/Banjo)
Jonas Umbdenstock (Double Bass)
Marc Devillers (Washboard)
Marc-Antoine Moercant (Drums)

French Rag play with a joyful and explosive energy drawn from the deepest origins of jazz! On their website they describe themselves as “The French Rag Old School Jass Band” and immediately follow up that description with this amazing YouTube:

Another French Rag teaser – notice especially their young fans and the dancers:

Plus “The French Rag aux Paris Follies de la Coupole”

Thanks go to Marc Devillers for sending me these impressive YouTubes in preparation for
French Rag’s 2017 UK Tour
scheduled from Friday 27 October until Sunday, 5th November.

This is a great opportunity for UK Jazz Clubs and promoters to get in on the act. One promoter with connections to this website has already made an offer. French Rag would be sure to add a new dimension to Jazz UK – and who knows, fastidiously promoted they could well appeal to many younger fans.

Register Your Interest
So, UK Jazz Clubs, Venues and Promoters, here’s how to register your interest. Address enquiries direct to French Rag by email to Marc Devillersdev_marco@yahoo.fr – preferably copied to me at: peter@jazzandjazz.com. Views and options could also be submitted in “Speak Your Mind” below.

Surely an opportunity not to be missed!

Peter M Butler
Editor & Proprietor Jazz&Jazz

French Rag on Facebook

An Analysis of Jazz&Jazz YouTubes: Seeking Answers!

Over the past three years I have filmed for and produced 658 Jazz&Jazz YouTubes of which 538 have been released for pubic viewing. In addition I have countless more MP4 movies, many of which are potential YouTube material.

An analysis of these YouTubes tells a story about the status of jazz, particularly in the UK compared with, for instance, Europe and the USA – in itself perhaps a potential steer to the future.

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The Big Debate: Is Jazz Facing Doom… or BOOM?

On 4th June Jazz&Jazz featured:
The Big Debate: Is Jazz Facing “Doom & Gloom”? but concluded
“All Is Far From Lost!” 

To measure reaction I posted two follow up features on my Jazz&Jazz Facebook Page in two posts entitled: “Picking Up The Pieces” Parts 1 & 2. For those who prefer not to access Facebook, these are featured below.

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The Big Debate: (No Way) Is Jazz Facing “Doom & Gloom”?


Chicago Swing Katz, 2013: L/R Derek Harrison, Keyboard; Jeff Matthews, Clarinet; Bill Buck, Drums; Pete Ainge, Trumpet; Dave Margaroni, Double Bass; Andrew Mackenzie, Trombone; Barry Edwards, Guitar.

As recently as 15th May, Jeff Matthews, The Chicago Swing Katz, yet again broached the issue of the younger generation’s attitude towards jazz. Writing in Fred Burnett’s “Jazz North West” he commented:

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National Jazz Archive May Newsletter

 Jazz&Jazz Values NJA Permission to share their Monthly Newsletter

Welcome to over 130 new subscribers, who signed up to receive the NJA Newsletter at Cheltenham Jazz Festival.  We hope you enjoyed our display and will continue to follow activities and developments at the Archive through these newsletters.

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Barry Palser’s Chosen Six: New Town House Jazz Club, 17th May

Announcing a Special Session!

The New Town House Jazz Club

Cheshunt & Waltham Cross Conservative Club,
33/35 Eleanor Cross Rd, EN8 7LF 

Featuring some of the finest exponents of Dixieland/Trad Jazz in this country, “plus Barry Palser” (his own words!)

“If you like the best in the business don’t miss this. You will not be disappointed!”

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