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Our Story

 

 

The Traditional Jazz Friends Association was created after the success of the Jazz Night organised the 18th of March 2006 by the Rochegude local council at  Jacques Doudelle's request, clarinettist of S. Bechet and new resident of Rochegude, and also at Françoise Canonica's request, then city councillor.

He decided to create an association to promote the TRADITIONAL JAZZ, which is frequently left on the sidelines in the Jazz world.

 

 

 

The AJT were born the 20th of April 2006 !

The 1st AJT manifestation was a dinner concert as soon as the automn, which was very successful both by the quality of the cooking and musical performance and by the warm atmosphere of the event.

Then, the 1st festival is launched in March 2007, because the principle is to organise the concerts in WINTER, from October to April, to avoid the period when all the festivals rush, and so to bring in excellent musicians for a more reasonable cost.

 

2007 and 2008

Groups appear one by one, found by Jacques Doudelle, who is well implanted in the Jazz world for 40 years, and for good reason ! Jacques will perform at each Festival with his JACQUES DOUDELLE JAZZ ORCHESTRA which will receive FABRICE EURLY and his mad piano ! - the CAROLINE JAZZ BAND, - DANIEL HUCK - JEAN FRANCOIS BONNEL - SYLVAIN FLORENTIN - CHRISTINE VALLIN - OLIVIER LANCELOT and big names of  GIPSY JAZZ: RODOLPHE RAFAELLI - PATRICK SAUSSOIS - VITTORIO SILVESTRI - PHILIPPE GUIGNIER.

The AJT turn also the spotlight on to the amateurs and receive the Jazz training of Valreas,  Jean Paul FINCK and the GOLDEN GRAPE SINGERS (gospel).

 

From 2009 to 2011

However, considering the prices of the musicians and the limited size of the public that the Rochegude village hall can  receive, the new team lead by Jean Pierre NICOLAS was trying to develop the festival in 2010 welcoming the public on Saturday at Ste Cécile les Vignes and received:

In 2009: OLIVIER FRANC QUARTET - NATHAN BONIN - FABRICE EURLY

In 2010: GILLIAN SAVAE QUARTET - Z'EST DE SWING - KIRBY MEMORY - JACK TATOUNE BIG BAND

Nevertheless, the budget could not have been balanced, and the atmosphere of a kind of sports hall where the acoustics left a lot to be desired, didn't correspond anymore to this style of music, more intimate.

In 2011: CONGO SQUARE - HARLEM RYTHM BAND - HISTOIRE DE SWING - LES CRAZY CATS et ERIC LUTER - GIG STREET.

 

Since 2012

The actual team decided to come back to Rochegude and to best manage its spending and receipts, above all to offer to a faithful public, a warmly and friendly atmosphere, which is felt both by the public and the musicians and the organisers.

The AJT team organised the 17th of March 2012 a lunch concert that people liked a lot because it was on Sunday, during the daytime.

The public was not lacking, in spite of a pouring rain, welcomed by a brass band from New Orleans (sousaphone, banjo, washboard...), made of the quintet from Lyon, the BUENA SERA, lead by Jacky Boyadijan, the "Mister Jazz from Lyon", who also made the concert of the afternoon and who brought the house down !

In April 2012, 36 members of AJT left "on the road of Jazz", from Chicago to New Orleans, a travel organised by the agency RECREATOUR of Valence.

The 20th of October 2012, we took back the method "jazz club" (only one group at night), but this time in cabaret style, with little tables covered by tableclothes and candles.

In this cosy atmosphere, we received the DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND from Lattes, lead by the saxophonist Jean-Jacques Martimort, who didn't infringe the quality the AJT are so attached to !

 

2013

This year, 10 groups followed on 4 dates:

1. A JAZZ CLUB in January with the female quartet "Les MISS" lead by the admirable singer, scatter and trombonist Christine VALLIN, who also made a singing course during the day (no less !).

2. The 7th FESTIVAL on 3 days in March (7 groups on his own), see in the tab "past events" the excellent poster with its musical extracts and videos: MISTER TRIO, GIG STREET, DOODLIN', COCAGNE CLUB and  the "Amateurs du dimanche": JAZZ O'PIF, JAZZ AOC et SWWING LOW QUINTET.

3. A LUNCH CONCERT the 13th of October where performed the Parisian group ORPHEON CELESTA, a mad show of a remarkable quality voted in by the press and the media.

4. A DINNER CONCERT the 14th of December, moved by the extremely good CAROLINE JAZZ BAND.

 

2014

The 8th TRADITIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL of ROCHEGUDE, was a resounding success on Friday the 21st - Saturday the 22nd and Sunday the 23rd of March. (see the report with musical extracts on our home page)

The habit was taken to devote the Friday afternoon to two educational concerts of an hour to primary classes from villages of ROCHEGUDE and SUZE-LA-ROUSSE (230 pupils expected). And it's the BLUES that had the place of honor this year with the group from the Golden Coast: IMPORT EXPORT and its quartet of old backpackers of Blues lead by Jean-Michel EVRARD, who has 20 years experience at the international level...

This group was present at night. The next day, it was a very dynamic night we attended with two monsters from the JAZZ BONHEUR: Florence FOURCADE and her trio welcomes Daniel HUCK: the choc of the best jazz violinist known in France and of the Scat and saxo Titan. Handsome "battles" on the ring !

On Sunday we rediscovered the NEW ORLEANS sound with the quartet HOT PICKLES BAND with his leader Didier TOFFOLINI, he is an orchestra man who can play at the same time piano and trumpet that surprised and pleased us.

SUNDAY the 26th OF OCTOBER 2014: Louisiana lunch with the OLD TIME JAZZ BAND of Alain Martien (trumpet).

An agreeable Sunday with a hall full of glad people. The AJT had to refuse people at the door for the first time ! Is it a good omen for us ?

The group was also appreciated especially as its original repertoire included Preservation Hall - recollection of Alain Martien, one of the rare French musicians who performed there.

 

2015

The 9th TRADITIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL of ROCHEGUDE, outperformed the audience because nearly 500 people were recorded in 3 days !

It must be said that the program was up to it:

Fabrice Eurly and his crazy piano lead the two educational concerts of the Friday afternoon and the splendid concert of the night, which went on and on... under an ovation of the public.

On Saturday,  we welcomed for the 2nd year a BLUES group, pure roots to make the hair stand up: CISCO HERZAFT accompanied by Jean Marc Hénaux at the harmonica and Patrick Cassotti, excellent drummer, with delicacy. Lot of emotion, and much more when Fabrice Eurly joined the final jam !

And a spectacular closure on Sunday when the HOT ANTIC JAZZ BAND, pure New Orleans from Chicago (work that one out for yourself...) made go on stage Alain Brunet, skilled trumpeter, Eric Luter son of... trumpeter singer and peerless leader who was passing by... Jacques Doudelle who scarcely needs an introduction and Henri Lubrano, our loyal AJT member who never misses an opportunity to do a jam at the harmonica.

 

On Sunday the 11th of October 2015: Louisiana lunch with HIPPOCAMPUS JAZZ GANG, a septet gem,  composed of young musicians, virtuosos in the domain of Traditional Jazz, with their breathtaking interpretation of 20th century's compositions... A singer who drives us speechless: Emily Cole ! It's definitely one of the most beautiful surprises we have ever invited in Rochegude...

 

2016

The 10th TRADITIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL of ROCHEGUDE

 

2017

The 11th TRADITIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL of ROCHEGUDE

 

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