More than Jazz
from 29 June to 2 August 2012
At the beginning, there was a man: Hugues Panassié, famous critic of Jazz music, one of the most respected by professional musicians and amateurs, who created the ‘'Hot Club de France'', « association of authentic jazz amateurs ». When he came back from his trip to America, in the early 40's, he decided to settle down in Montauban where he received several French or foreigner jazzmen and tried his best to make people know more about Jazz. He is then called « the Master of Jazz ». Years go by and his legacy to jazz music, even after his death in 1974, is significant.
In 1962, on the 50th anniversary of the ‘'Hot Club de France'', Madeleine Gautier, secretary of the association, and her son Etienne Gautier decided to give a last tribute to the Master of Jazz: that is how the Jazz in Montauban Festival was born.
Over time, the festival grows and is eventually settled in the town's ''Jardin des Plantes'', open air theater, to extend to the other towns of Tarn-&-Garonne. Last but not least, the Montauban first International Jazz Bands Prize is created, aka the MATMUT Trophy, which jury is headed by the famous Jamaican pianist Monty Alexander.
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The 30 year-old festival of Jazz in Montauban has always been trying to reflect to cultural tendencies by reflecting the evolution of that music genre, rightly considered as a living music style.
Starting from the Hot Club de France type of jazz, we have tried to match the demand without forgetting the quality.
By sometime opening to pop artists and matching the urge for various music genres, just like other jazz festivals, Jazz in Montauban has built a strong festival-goers loyalty.
This is the reason why Jazz in Montauban doesn't stick to one unique type of music. It just offers the stage to talented artists and make sure its audience is happy. Nowadays, the festival also thinks about the Fusion genre as it is a good integration tool and the language to peace.
Jean Charles BORDARIES.