Jazz à La Villette 2023
with the Philharmonie of Paris
starting from €12
The 22nd edition of Jazz à La Villette sets the tone in fall for lovers of jazz in all its guises.
Jazz à La Villette kicks off our season, between summer’s last lights and the budding spirit of fall. This 22nd edition once again gathers all ingredients needed for a revitalizing magical potion. More than ever, the festival welcomes all aesthetics and all generations. You might bump into some living legends this year, such as Ethiopian keyboardist Mulatu Astatke, American soul man Lee Fields, Malian singer Oumou Sangaré, French double bassist Henri Texier, the mythical De La Soul - playing live- or American singer Meshell Ndegeocello. The new European scene’s heavy hitters are also here in force, with GoGo Penguin, Laurent Bardainne, as well as Anne Paceo. Jazz à La Villette is also the place of all collaborations, such as the promising one between Ballaké Sissoko, Vincent Segal, Vincent Peirani and Émile Parisien. It also is, of course, the playing fields of tomorrow’s greats, such as the Danish duo Svaneborg Kardyb or the French trio Émile Londonien.
De La Soul live band & guests
1st part Nana Benz from Togo
30th August at 8pm • Philharmonie de Paris
The east coast hip hop trio’s first concert in Paris since the recent passing of Dave, one of the trio’s founders. A unique live band concert with a few prestigious guests.
Nana Benz from Togo
A trio of women singers leading a fiery quintet with stripped-down instrumentation: street music and spontaneity.
Mulatu Astatke + Laurent Bardainne & Tigre d’eau douce
Thursday the 31th August at 8pm • Grande Halle
An evening in the depths of groove and African pulsations with the tireless king of Ethio-jazz, Mulatu Astatke, following the explorations of saxophonist Laurent Bardainne and his quartet Tigre d’eau douce.
Laurent Bardainne & Tigre d’eau Douce
The tenor and saxophonist took his first steps with the “Under the Radar” programming of 2018, for his first project as leader. Since then, almost all of France knows his quartet, Tigre d’eau douce, after last year’s release of their album Hymne au Soleil. With a tinge of electro, it evokes the soul-jazz repertoire of Blue Note in the 60s, Maceo Parker in the 90s and Mulatu Astatke’s Ethio-jazz
Meshell Ndegeocello + José James sings Erykah Badu
Friday the 1st september at 8pm • Philharmonie de Paris
An evening placed under the sign of nu-soul - and even more - with the prince of the genre, José James, paying tribute to Erykah Badu before welcoming the outstanding Meshell Ndegeocello, back with a new brilliantly eclectic album.
José James sings Erykah Badu
After Billie Holiday and Bill Withers, José James continues his series of tributes, this time focusing on the repertoire of Erykah Badu, the priestess of nu-soul.
Ezra Collective + Delvon lamarr Organ Trio + Steam Down
Saturday the 2nd september at 20pm • Grande Halle
One of the most explosive nights of this 2023 edition with a new London-based collective fluent in hip-hop, a revival of 1960s soul-jazz incarnated buy Delvon Lamarr, and the unmissable Ezra Collective, also made in London.
Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio
A popular and critical success, the last album of the group released in winter 2022, Cold as Weiss is an incredibly energetic record: perfect for firing up the public of Jazz à la Villette and kicking off an evening made of burning pulsations.
Another London-based collective coming from Deptford in the South-East of the capital, but whose style is deeply rooted in hip-hop, R&B and electro, more so than in afro-jazz whose revival’s epicenter has been London for a few years already.
Ballaké Sissoko, Vincent Segal, Vincent Peirani, Emile Parisien “Les Égarés” + Jean-Jacques Milteau, Vincent Segal, Harrison Kennedy “CrossBorder Blues”
Sunday 3rd september at 7pm • Grande Halle
An airy and acoustic evening, from Africa to Mississippi, with cellist Vincent Segal, who will link up the trio CrossBorder Blues and an All Stars quartet Les Égarés, based between Paris and Bamako.
Jean-Jacques Milteau, Vincent Segal, Harrison Kennedy “CrossBorder Blues”
A purely acoustic trio with a minimalist blues repertoire imbued with a delicate soul influence through Kennedy’s voice which sometimes evokes Raoul Midon’s and even more so Eric Bibb’s.
Theo Croker + Lakecia Benjamin “Phoenix”
Sunday the 3rd september at 4pm • Cité de la Musique
An evening that brings together two rising stars of the American scene with distinctly different styles: on one side, the post-bop fiery of violist Lakecia Benjamin, and on the other, the elegant R&B nonchalance of trumpeter Theo Croker.
Lakecia Benjamin “Phoenix”
The incredible intensity of Lakecia Benjamin’s viola sound modernly follows in the footsteps of post-bop; a musician to keep a close eye on.
Bill Laurance & Michael League 1st part : Svaneborg Kardyb
Monday the 4th september at 8pm • Cité de la Musique
Runaways from Snarky Puppy, pianist Bill Laurance and bassist Michael League ditch noise and fury in favor of a sublime and minimal acoustic duo made in Europe.
With one foot in England and the other in Denmark, the duo Svaneborg Kardyb is a revelation of European jazz between electro and acoustic, borrowing the codes of minimal music.
Henri Texier “Indian” Septet 1st part Tom Skinner
Tuesday the 5th september at 8pm • Cité de la Musique
The most spirited of French jazz seniors continues his fascinating musical explorations alongside his quintet and the most inspired instrumentalists of the Parisian scene.
First solo project under afro-free influence for this essential drummer of the British scene, the travel companion of Shabak Hutchings and Thom Yorke.
Oumou Sangaré + Théo Ceccaldi « No Borders #1 »
Wednesday the 6th september at 8pm • Grande Halle
An evening beyond borders and around the world, opening with the mind-blowing Ceccaldi brothers backed by four vocalists, followed by the queen of Malian music whose heart sways between Timbuktu and the United States.
Théo Ceccaldi « No Borders #1 »
A new adventure for the violinist Théo Ceccaldi and his cellist brother Valentin who surround themselves with inspired voices from near and far, in parallel with their Kuto Ethiopian-Parisian formation: their travel companion and jack-of-all-trades Sofiane Saidi, the fiery Emma Lamadji stemming from gospel music, the French-Venezuelan artist La Chica who’s had a string of success since the release of her title “Oasis” in 2017, and finally the very refined folk singer-songwriter and mandolinist Anna Majidson.
Lee Fields 1ère partie : Samm Henshaw
Thursday the 7th september at 8pm • Grande Halle
The heir of James Brown and of a whole part of soul music, the tireless Lee Fields is back with a new album in a sentimental mood.
From Roy Hargrove to Frank Ocean, the British soul singer Samm Henshaw delivers a first album under (very good) influence.
Harold Lopez-Nussa “Timba a la Americana” avec Grégoire Maret + Pierrick Pédron & Gonzalo Rubalcaba
Thursday the 7th september at 8pm • Cité de la Musique
A French-Cuban evening of the highest standard with an “alto piano” duo behind one of the most elegant jazz records released since the beginning of the year, and the comeback of the dazzling Harold Lopez-Nussa alongside the harmonica player Grégoire Maret.
Pierrick Pédron & Gonzalo Rubalcaba
First concert in Paris for this amazing and very new transatlantic duo. Browsing 20th century classics, from Jerome Kern to Carla Bley (whose cover of “Lawns” is a pure gem), the two musicians deliver a masterful lesson of refined and timeless jazz.
Sixun 1ère partie : Balimaya Project
Friday the 8th september at 8pm • Grande Halle
The legendary fusion jazz group of the 1980s is back and better than ever with a new album that is sure to delight die-hard fans.
A new revelation made in London, Balimaya Project sees the (very) big picture and brilliantly explores the path of afro-jazz.
Anne Paceo “S.H.A.M.A.N.E.S” / Yessaï & Marc Karapetian x Terri Lyne Carrington - Talents ADAMI Jazz
1st part : Loni Cornelis “Impress Express”
Friday the 8th september at 7:30pm • Cité de la Musique
The Parisian scene is under the spotlight with an evening that brings together the very promising violinist Loni Cornelis, the dazzling drummer Anne Paceo, and the up-and-coming pianist Yessaï Karapatian, alongside his idol Terri Lyne Carrington.
Loni Cornelis “Impress Express”
On the stage of Jazz à La Villette and with an acoustic quartet, Loni will present her compositions with a pictorial influence and chromatic style, somewhere between impressionism and expressionism.
GoGo Penguin "Everything Is Going To Be OK Tour 2023" 1st part : Emile Londonien
Saturday the 9th september at 8pm • Grande Halle
A fresh start for the Manchester-based trio after changing both labels and drummers, back with a new album full of hope.
Strasbourg-based trio lauded by Gilles Peterson, Emile Londonien has established itself as a flagship formation of the new electro-jazz scene.
Samara Joy 1st part : Julius Rodriguez
Sunday the 10th september at 7pm • Grande Halle
A revelation that signed with the historic label Verve, and is backed by a brilliant quintet, Samara Joy has established herself as a brilliant heir of the great tradition of vocal jazz.
UNDER THE RADAR
Madeleine & Salomon
Thursday the 31th August at 8:30pm • Studio de l'Ermitage
Six years after their acclaimed debut, A Woman's Journey, the duo Madeleine & Salomon present their second album, Eastern Spring, a tribute to the militant Eastern pop of the 1960s and 1970s.
Friday the 1st september at 8:30pm • Studio de l'Ermitage
The brainchild of French-Syrian singer Climène Zarkan and guitarist Baptiste Ferrandis, Sarāb - meaning 'mirage' in Arabic - is a masterful blend of rock, modern jazz and Arab sounds.
Kamilya Jubran Terra Incognita 4 + Bonbon Flamme
Monday the 4th september at 8:30 • Dynamo de Banlieues Bleues
Wednesday the 6th september at 8:30pm • Studio de l'Ermitage
Guitarist Louis Matute presents his last album, Our Folklore, with his Large Ensemble made up of Swiss Jazz’s new prodigious musicians.
L’Arbre rouge • Hugues Mayot
Thursday the 7th september at 8:30pm • Atelier du Plateau
For this new repertoire by the Arbre Rouge quintet, saxophonist Hugues Mayot worked on the notion of the ritual. Carried by five musicians with fearsome instrumental technique, Arbre Rouge telescopes influences in order to create a kind of musical alternate history, a sweet dream where minstrels play the kora.
Moby Duck + Pomme de terre
Friday the 8th september at 8:30pm • Dynamo de Banlieues Bleues
Stellar Music Ensemble • Joachim Florent
Friday the 8th september at 8pm • Atelier du Plateau
At the crossroads of traditional music and jazz, the Stellar Music Ensemble enchants all ears and feet for dances-trances made of ice, clay, and wooden floors.
MAD MAPLE • Séverine Morfin
Saturday the 9th september at 8pm • Atelier du Plateau
In each of her creations, violist Séverine Morfin imagines conversations between music and other worlds. MAD MAPLE imagines a kind of cosmogony where clarinets, guitars and violas blend in with the sounds of shattering ice and the tumult of coming storms. MAD MAPLE invites the spectator to go through a sound landscape and to explore our vibrational relations with our surroundings.
From 30 August to 10 september 2023
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