During the next five days, Saguenay will vibrate to the rhythm of the Jazz and Blues Festival. From Tuesday evening, the 150 or so musicians of the festival, which attracts more and more big names in music, will perform on fifteen scenes spread throughout the city.
The 2019 edition of the Jazz and Blues Festival, the 24th overall, is one of its biggest hits by trumpeter Wallace Roney. This jazz virtuoso, presented as the heir of Miles Davis, will be in concert April 26 at the Hotel Chicoutimi.
For Jacques Dube, who deals among other things with the communications of the event, this coming is a pride.
“We pride ourselves on having managed to attract him. He is the legitimate son of Miles Davis. He inherited all his trumpets. He has participated in several tribute shows in recent years. In the field of jazz, it’s an incredible catch, “he says in an interview with The Daily.
This visit is a chance for the Saguenean public not to miss seeing the jazzman. “He went to an American agency after our negotiations and his stamp exploded,” said Dube, adding that the musician will be inaccessible to the festival in the coming years.
The reputation of the festival is well-established. A good rumor that precedes the event allows to target the stars of jazz and blues, when it comes time to make the invitations.
“Following the passages of Joe Lovano, Ravi Coltrane, Madeleine Peyroux, and John Pizzarelli, the agencies of artists now have a different ear to our requests. When we call them, we have a certain notoriety. We also feel that links have been created with some people who work in these agencies, “explains Mr. Dubé.
The main challenge of the organization remains the availability of musicians in the dates of the festival. “We only have five days in April to show our programming that is on the lookout for the latest jazz and blues trends. ”
In all, the Jazz and Blues Festival offers 50 shows, a large proportion of which are free or at a modest cost, in 14 venues ranging from Racine Street to Courtyard, to the Bell Theater at Hôtel Chicoutimi at the Théâtre National Bank. .
The Jazz and Blues Festival boasts a performance by Victor Wainwright and the Train, a musician who is not new to the area for free on April 24 in The Dome on the Streets. Root and Bégin. Wainwright’s latest album, Piana From Savannah, was nominated at the last Grammy Awards in the category of Best Contemporary Blues Album.
“Having an artist at the festival the same year he is named to the Grammys is a homer for us,” image Jacques Dube.
Ticket sales are going well. Three shows presented at Inter and another in Cavo are already sold out. For the organization, this craze at the box office confirms the choices of the artists.
“There have been constant sales every day for the past few weeks, so our rooms are well stocked. We are very happy. For us, that means that we were not mistaken several months ago when we did the programming … We are in the Canadian and Quebec music news, “says Jacques Dube.
The one who became the ambassador of this festival, Stanley Pean, will be in Saguenay to record his show Quand le jazz est là, for four days. The show airs in the evening on Espace musique, and will be produced from the region on Tuesday.
The festival runs from April 23 to 27. Full programming is available at www.jazzetblues.com.