Media release: Jazz festival returns for 51st year

JAZZ à Juan returns to Antibes from July 14-24 – with performances from B.B King, Herbie Hancock and Carlos Santana, among others.

This annual outdoor festival on the French Riviera has hosted the most celebrated jazz musicians in the world, including Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Norah Jones and Kyle Eastwood.

This year, the festival will also host a selection of special events, exhibitions and film screenings commemorating the 20th anniversary of the death of Miles Davis, who played at the festival from 1963 to 1984.

An idyllic setting for both the musicians and the audience, the major performances take place on the famous Pinède Gould stage, which directly faces the Mediterranean, while others take the stage on main squares in Antibes and Juan-Les-Pins.

Jazz à Juan was created in 1960 as a tribute to saxophone great Sidney Bechet, who once lived in Antibes Juan-les-Pins. Since its conception, the festival has been celebrating all forms of Jazz, ranging from New Orleans to Gospel, Blues, Swing, Modern and Electro Jazz.

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Contact: Calum Grant