THIS 2ND EDITION OF THE SAINT-EMILION JAZZ FESTIVAL IS ONCE AGAIN A GREAT "VINTAGE".
Saint-Emilion Jazz Festival 2013 : a great “vintage”
This 2nd edition of the Saint-Emilion Jazz Festival is once again a great “vintage”. This event will take place from July 18th to the 21st in the town of Saint-Emilion. Interview with Dominique Renard, a happy Festival president, a glass of Saint-Emilion wine in hand.
Where is the best spot to drink a glass of wine during the festival?
The Festival’s village! We will have 13 free concerts. The Saint-Emilion Maison du Vin will have an “Ephemeral Wine Bar” where one can meet the winemakers, with close to 90 wines from the Saint-Emilion, Lussac Saint-Emilion and Puisseguin Saint-Emilion appellations, available for tasting during the whole festival. People will also be able to eat, thanks to the local producer’s market.
Concerts will start at noon in the park, located close to the “big” stage. From noon to midnight, you will be able to listen to music, while enjoying a glass of wine from Saint-Emilion, Lussac Saint-Emilion or Puisseguin Saint-Emilion. This festival brings music to the whole town. Winemakers will be there, and the town and its châteaux will be open. It’s a musical journey through this beautiful town that I recommend to everybody.
If the Saint-Emilion Jazz Festival was a great wine, how would you describe it?
To start, here at Saint-Emilion, we talk about a 2nd vintage and not a second edition! This Saint-Emilion jazz festival is voluptuous and full of flavor. We have a special program beginning with a Latin night, a big band that is mostly Cuban, and an Argentinian percussionist. The second night is more jazz, with two of today’s greatest performers, Yaron Hermand and his quartet, and Chick Corea. The third night is a crooner’s night, with Joe Stilgoe, an English performer, this year’s special pick, and Monty Alexander, a living legend. The Saint-Emilion Jazz festival will end in rhythm with Electro Deluxe, an French electro jazz band, and of course, Nile Rodgers and his group Chic whom everyone knows, and who recently worked with Daft Punk.
Are the artists Saint-Emilion wine lovers ?
Most of them like wine, and some are really really fond of it, especially Jacky Terrasson, who came last year. He likes to tell how he spent his first paycheck to buy wine. Last year, we brought Earth, Wind and Fire to the Saint-Emilion vineyards… for some, it was a real experience. This year, Baptiste Trotignon is also a good connoisseur. He’s coming to play a piano solo at the Salle des Dominicains. He likes to go and take a look at the vineyards. I think that jazz and Saint-Emilion wine go especially well together. For this second edition of the Saint-Emilion Jazz Festival, we are trying to do things which resemble the wines that are produced here: quality concerts, a good stage, a nice environment.