Maybe when you walk through the Tuileries, big band jazz may not be the first thing that pops into mind – but that would only be if you’re not living, breathing and exhaling jazz. The more time I spend in Paris, the more I’m beginning to think that a sizeable Parisian population navigates this city wrapped in a continual jazz haze(as opposed to purple) haze – (yeah, my heart belongs to Jimi, still!)
but if you haven’t thought about Paris monuments and landmarks in a jazz context, take a walking meditation with Jacques Thevenet DJ at radio station Aligre, 93.1 FM (Saturday evenings, live from 5 pm to 6 pm) You can find more details about his programming and jazz events at his site: www.jazzbox.fr
Paris Jazz Big Band, one of the bands featured on his site, will be performing throughout the summer months April 5, May 10 and June 14 at Le Trabendo, 211, Avenue Jean Jaures, 75019).
Paris Jazz Big Band includes some samples of its jazz interpretations of Tuileries, Musee d’Orsay, Pigalle on its site.
I read a little about Jacques Thevenet’s introduction to jazz. He stumbled into jazz in the 1967-68 (about the same time I stumbled into Purple Haze). In his case, he found himself at the doorstep of Lester Bowle (Art Ensemble of Chicago)in his St. Leu Le Foret home.
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The ‘drop-in’ attitude at the Jazz Box might just be one of the few remaining havens of jazz -where all kinds of jazz from free jazz to classic to hip-hop are welcome. Thevenet bases his choice of programming on ‘coup de coeur’ what strikes his fancy – and the range is vast – from Claude Bolling to Dou Dou N’Diaye.
Photo by Chris Card Fuller – ©2007 Chris Card Fuller