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French Jazz Festival to Open Friday

The 47th annual Jazz in Juan festival will kick off this Friday, July 13, in the Juan-les-Pins resort town on the Côte d’Azur in Southeastern France. The festival runs through Sunday, July 22, with concerts every night of the week starting at 8:30 p.m. The performances are held at the Gould Pine Park stage, an outdoor venue in the Gould pine grove overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Touted as Europe’s oldest jazz festival, Jazz in Juan began in 1960 and has featured such legends as Charles Mingus, Ella Fitzgerald, Sonny Rollins, Fats Waller and John Coltrane, as well as the European debut performances of Miles Davis and Ray Charles.

This year’s schedule includes Taj Mahal, Gilberto Gil, the Roy Hargrove acoustic quintet, and Keith Jarrett’s trio (Jarrett, pictured) with Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette. Norah Jones will also play the festival, marking her first time performing in Juan. The 10-day festival comes to a close on Sunday, July 22, with the jazz gospel music of Craig Adams & the Voices of New Orleans.

The festival also includes a competition, “The Jazz in Juan Revelations,” to take place on Monday, July 16. The event was added five years ago to highlight emerging international jazz talents, and this year’s four contestants hail from America, Canada, Sweden and France.

For more information about the performers and to view the complete line-up, visit the
festival’s Web site.

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