Wynton Marsalis Quintet with Richard Galliano live at Jazz in Marciac 2014

Posted on July 28th, 2014 in Concerts | Tags: billie holiday, edith piaf, marciac, quintet, richard galliano

What is Jazz in Marciac, but the marriage of swing and Gascony; a brief testimony to the eternal love story between France and Jazz?

This is the story that Wynton Marsalis began to tell in partnering with another frequent JIM visitor, Richard Galliano.vThe union was a tribute to two emblematic figures: Billie Holiday and Edith Piaf. Two extraordinary women, born in the same year (1915), in the same misery, both with grand and tragic fates, and most especially, with two ways of singing this blue soul that African Americans call the blues.

For the American trumpeter, like the French accordionist, this project is an opportunity to have one tradition step towards the other, while remaining a coherent whole.
In 2008, during a concert immortalized on CD and DVD, they delighted the audience with a stunning array of genre-crossing instrumental versions of Holiday and Piaf’s iconic repertoire – each no less powerful than the original. Six years later, they reunite promising an evening of fresh interpretations and virtuoso music making.

Richard Galliano, accordion
Wynton Marsalis, trumpet
Walter Blanding, saxophone
Dan Nimmer, piano
Carlos Henriquez, bass
Ali Jackson, drums

Live webcast on August 8, 2014 at 5pmET (11pmCET) on wyntonmarsalis.org/live