The Jazz Festival of the 5 Continents 2013 in Marseille: welcome to the living legends

From July, 17th to 27th, Marseille will welcome the 14th edition of the Jazz Festival of the 5 Continents. Different jazz concerts will take place in the MuCEM esplanade, in the Criée theatre as well as in the Zoological Garden (this one will be a free concert!).
Great artists and living Jazz legends will play including Wayne Shorter, Gilberto Gill, Diana Krall and George Benson.

Jazz Festival of the 5 Continents program and useful information

festival jazz 5 continents Marseille 2013Wednesday July 17th : The opening concert will give a Mediterranean dimension to the jazz festival thanks to the Italian trumpet player Paolo Fresu who will play a Mediterranean ode. Free concert on the J4 Esplanade.

The others concerts will happen in the Palais Longchamps gardens. Ticket price: 35€ (27€ at reduced rate).

Thursday July 18th : Chick Corea will host The Electric Epic group and Guillaume Peret.

Friday July 19th : Chucho Valdés invites Buika and Roy Hargrove.

Saturday July 20th : Gilberto Gil will play with Chic group and Nile Rodgers.

Sunday July 21th : the smooth voice of Diana Krall will rock every jazz lover.

Tuesday July 23th : the jazz legend Wayne Shorter will celebrate his 80th birthday with the ACS group.

Wednesday July 24th : the guitar player Birela Lagrene and Eddy Louiss will lead the party.

Thursday July 25th : another jazz legend, Archie Sheep will play with Hugh Masekela.

Friday July 26th : the pianist and jazz singer Hiromi will offer us a spectacular night with Youn Sun Nah.

Saturday July 27th : the guitar player, singer and composer George Benson will sing his best songs, following by Meshell Ndegeocello.

The history of Marseille marked by jazz music

It is not a coincidence if the Jazz Festival of the 5 Continents takes place in Marseille. The jazz movement appeared in Marseille during the interwar years and the American presence in the Goudes (one of Marseille’s most beautiful part) and the fact that the Fitzgerald family lived in the city has promoted jazz culture in Marseille. Even the famous jazzman Louis Amstrong payed a visit to Marseille in 1946 !

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