New albums : Melody Gardot & Thomas Dutronc

Melody Gardot will be releasing a new album on October 23rd : "Sunset in the Blue" and has also just released a new song  called "Little Something" with Sting! A lovely pop/electro duet... a different style for Melody! For those who don't know her yet, Melody Gardot is an American jazz singer who has been influenced by blues and jazz artists such as Judy Garland, Janis Joplin, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Stan Getz and George Gershwin as well as Latin music artists such as Caetano Veloso. She has also been nominated for a Grammy Award!

She was in other musical the headlines recently. She wanted to send a strong message that art and love will always break through, even during hard times. She decided to put together a collaborative video clip that featured submissions from musicians all over the world to create a new piece of music called “From Paris with Love”. Created in isolation and made with love, this proj…

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Jazz à la Villette runs until 14 September

Jazz lovers in Paris, this one is for you! (and if you don't know much about Jazz, it's for you as well as this is your chance to find out more about it!) France has many Jazz festivals - among them the famous Jazz in Juan on the French riviera - but The Jazz à la Villette festival is one of the most anticipated events of the back-to-school season for musically-minded Parisians. Every concert is unique, a meeting between different artists and different shades of jazz - mixed with funk, hip-hop, blues and world music. It's brilliantly orchestrated 21st-century jazz, mixed with rhythms and instruments from around the world. You may wonder why Jazz is so important in France. Well, France's love affair with jazz began when America entered the first world war in 1917 and black musicians were among the many US soldiers. From the 1920s onwards, a hugely enthusiastic minority embraced the movement and its musicians - many of whom had flocked to France to escape stifling racism back h…
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