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!

Gunhild Carling

Gunhild Carling

A real star of world jazz, since last September Gunhild has played at Central Park in New York, Bangkok, Argentina, Brazil and Indonesia. Multi-instrumentalist, dancer, singer, come and discover this phenomenal entertainer in an electrifying concert at Fest Jazz on 29th July.

Frog and Henry

Frog and Henry plays really old music from the Americas.

They formed in New Orleans, from members of several street performing groups (including The Hokum High Rollers, The Loose Marbles, Tuba Skinny, The Cable Street Rag Band, and the Smiles & Chuckles Stringband) who have all taken their influence from the blues, jazz,and string band recordings from the ’20’s and ’30’s. Watch out for the “magic tuba” –  it’s played by a wonderful collection of pedals and pulleys allowing the musician to play other instruments.

Ryan Baer: guitar, banjo;
Leonie Evans: vocals, guitar;
Ewan Bleach: Clarinet, saxophone;
Robin Rapuzzi: Washboard;
Coleman Aiken: Violin;
Maxwell: mandolin-banjo

Old Fish Jazz Band

Six musicians, six different nationalities! Founded in 2009 in Berlin, this great young European band will have everyone on their feet dancing, clapping and loving their brand of New Orleans jazz.

Captain Bots (El hombre) (Belgium): Trumpet, Bones, Vocals
Carlos Cotton Mouth (Spain): Piano, Accordion, Voice
Sweet Slide Christoffer (Sweden): Trombone, Vocals
Talis Stringunstrung (Latvia): Banjo, Chant
J. Der Schlürfer (France): Soubassophone, Double bass, Voice
Lazy B.Laurins (Germany): Clarinet, Vocals

Malo Mazurié

This sensational young Breton trumpeter played in the very  first Fest Jazz at the age of 12 in 2005. Since then he has become an international star with concerts from Tokyo to New York. In 2017 he will be playing in duo with Bernd Lhotzky.

Bernd Lhotzky – “The Art of Classic Jazz Piano”

Bernd Lhotzky is dedicated to classical jazz with emphasis on the Harlem Stride, the virtuosic piano style, pioneered by the massively popular Thomas “Fats” Waller, James P. Johnson and Willie “The Lion” Smith in New York in the 1920s and 1930s.

Putting it simply, German born Bernd is one of the very best stride and ragtime players in the world!

The Sweet Peppers

Originally created for the local Swing dancers in Montpellier (Southern France), “The Sweet Peppers” emerged in 2012 as a quartet. Building on their own experience as dancers, the musicians gradually improved their technique and sense of rhythm. Two years later, the quartet became a quintet and broadened their repertoire into a style of music popular with both dancers and jazz fans, paying particular attention to their own arrangements. They emphasise expression in the vocals, rhythmic energy and the strength of instrumental improvisation to make their performances a real “spectacle”.

Dorine de Wit and Jamie Brownfield

No need to introduce Dorine de Wit and Jamie Brownfield to UK audiences but they were such a hit at Fest Jazz last year they have been invited back (a rare honour in French  Festivals!).  With Tom Kincaid (piano) and Jack Cotterill (drums) they will certainly have the festival jumping again in 2017. Jamie was in New Orleans for Mardi Gras in February this year where he teamed up with the legendary Leroy Jones for a trumpet duet in the French Quarter’s Bombay Club.

Good Time Jazz

Châteauneuf-du-Faou’s very own band led by Festival Organiser, Trevor Stent, who, with Good Time Jazz, launched Fest Jazz 13 years ago. One of the most popular bands
in Brittany and beyond.

Panique sur le Manche

Aged just 13 when this was filmed, local guitarist, Eliot Busca, is clearly destined for a great future in the world of Jazz Manouche. He delighted his audience when he starred at
Fest Jazz last year.

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.


Antoine Laumière: arrangement, guitare
Etienne Quézel: clarinette, basse
Flora Antolin: chant
Ellinoa: chant
Marion Chrétien: chant
Clément Brajtman: chant

Shades is the combination of four top quality vocalists, all lovers of beautiful songs influenced by the Great American Songbook. Half-way between ‘Take 6’ and ‘The Real group’, the bass clarinet that accompanies them defines the group identity, by replacing at times a contrabass for a fifth deep voice. The leader of this new formation is Antoine Laudière. Guitar player and arranger, fond of harmonies and big jazz singers, he started composing by taking inspiration from the big bands that accompanied Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald. The programme of this ‘hybrid’ vocal jazz formation includes songs that are reinvented and updated with a modern twist.

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!




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  1. Norm888 says:

    Looks like a really good line-up this year again, Peter. Gite 9 was booked straight after last year’s amazing festival, as we have complete faith in Trevor and his young team to deliver the best. I’m lucky in as much as I still relish the drive down to Brittany. Many I have spoken to in the past, have said they would like to go over from here if only there was a less stressful way of travelling. Well now I see from the FestJazz website (in English) there is a deal available. Travel from Roscoff and return, newly built B & B accommodation in Playben and transfers to and from the festival, including 3 day rover tickets for just £222.00! I priced train travel from Manchester, including walk-on Plymouth/Roscoff ferry cost, and the whole lot only came to around £420.00, Dammit! it could cost that, and more to travel to some of the bigger UK jazz festivals, get rover tickets and mind boggling costly accommodation!

  2. Norm888 says:

    So sorry ! I made an error ! The deal to PLeyben should have been 220 euros ,not £’s, and that’s only nudging £200 at today’s rates. One UK jazz festival, I know of for this year, has a £120 weekend rover ticket price, so the overall weekend would more costly by far ! Get down on it I say – it’s a whizz !

  3. Trevor Stent says:

    I agree with Norman in that the admission price to jazz festivals has to be realistic. “New” jazz fans will not be tempted to discover a new music if the entry price is too high. I know only too well that balancing the festival budget is a nightmare but here in central Brittany the local economy consists almost entirely of small family run farms and there is little money about. 23€ per day is the maximum we can charge. Ridiculous value for a dozen concerts but any more and “new ” and young people won’t come to the festival.

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