Jazz Festival - Jazz à Juan- Jazz
in Juan Festival
International Jazz Festival Antibes Juan-les-Pins
à JUAN July 14 - 25, 2010 celebrating its 50th anniversary
the 50th Juan Les Pins Jazz Festival 2010
50th International Jazz Festival at Antibes Juan-les-Pins
(Jazz à Juan) was on between 14th and 25th July. The weather
was superb with some of the hottest July days for 30 years
and a great cast of performers.
first went to Jazz à Juan festival in 2008 and saw Keith
Jarrett, Gary Peacock & Jack Dejohnette perform. It was
a fantastic evening and so booked the visit to the area
around the time of the festival. I wanted to see Melody
Gardot and Diana Krall, however had to return to England
on the 19th July and Diana Krall was performing on Thursday
tickets for the Dee
Dee Bridgewater and Melody Gardot evening,
Eastwood and Diana Krall and the Keith
Jarret Trio had sold out early for reserved seating. We
managed to get tickets for the non reserved area early
in June and by arriving early still had great seats in
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performance was due to start at 8.30 and it was nearer
to 8.45 when Dee Dee Bridgewater came on stage. The background
is amazing with the stage that now has the benefit of
two large screen televisions that were not there in 2008
and the sun slowly setting on the Mediterranean behind.
Dee Dee Bridgewater part of the concert was fantastic
and she has so much energy. Melody Gardot came on in the
second half, by the time it was dark and she also gave
a great performance, although one of the numbers did go
on for rather a long time. She is a very young singer
who is only 25 and has recovered well from the serious
road accident a few years ago when she was knocked off
her bike. She now wears glasses as her eyes are affected
by light. She continued to well after 12.00 following
an "encore" return.
are very strict rules about photography and the security
people are constantly looking out for anyone who might
try to take a shot with their mobile phone and then approach
them and reprimand. They are probably going a bit over
the top, however many artist do not like being photographed
and naturally flash photography would be most off putting.
It is the same in most theatres and concert venues, but
of course this one is in the open air and the environment
even more magical.
couple of years ago I started an info page on cotedazurental.com
needed photos and needed photos to illustrate the page
and received some licenced pictures to use on the page.
Naturally I knew on this visit I certainly could not take
any photographs unless it was in the interval.
the concert went on a long time a lot of people started
to leave early, it seems a shame as you are trying to
listen to the music there are people all around going.
Had this been at the Keith Jarret Trio concert two years
earlier, he would probably have stopped playing. The 14th
July is a very special day in France - Bastille Day and
there are normally fireworks the night before or on the
14th. Sometimes some of these celebrations continue along
the coast on other nights and the night the trio was playing
fireworks could be heard, so they stopped playing till
they had everyone's full attention.
movement of people like this in such great numbers would
not occur in an indoor event like the Royal Albert Hall
I found was so good on this visit was that you had two
artists appearing in the same evening and this makes it
even more enjoyable and great value at €27 a seat.
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doesn't only take place in the Pinède Gould, but in different
cafes and bars in the town. There is also a small stage
for performers in the park area quite close to the main
venue and it's all free as well.
the Pinède Gould and walking into the centre of Juan Les
Pins at 12.30 on a Saturday night like this you will find
the bars packed with very young people, others queuing
to get into discos and many clothes shops open at that
will be back next year.
Suter jml Property Services - July 2010
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