Santandréa Jazz Band — review

24 September 2014

The Santandréa Jazz Band took over the jardin du jazz in Thézan for the final concert in our 2014 season. We welcomed Jean Santandréa on double bass, Jacques Vidal on trumpet, Michel Calvayrac on percussion and JR on piano.

The audience was as large and enthusiastic as ever, and included René Grauby, director of the Conihlac jazz festival, and Patrick Dapot, mayor of Thézan, both of whom have lent their support to the association right from the start.

The gods looked favourably upon the concert, sparing us from the storms that had been forecast and giving us a dry, mild evening. The intimate setting of the garden was once again beautifully set by Pierre Croupel’s careful lighting.

The musicians lived up to their reputation and played a good-humoured New Orleans style-set that featured jazz favourites such as Sweet Georgia Brown, St James Infirmary, Cheek to Cheek, Down by the Riverside, and When the Saints Go Marching In. During several numbers Jacques Vidal brought Satchmo himself back to life, imitating Louis Armstrong’s warm and gravelly voice to a T, to the delight of the audience.

The president of La Douceur des Arts, Serge Allemand, rounded off the evening by promising a new season of jazz concerts starting in June 2015.

What a wonderful evening that was to round off a great season.

Another great night, food and band excellent, really sorry it’s the last one this year. Hope you do more next year.

Well done! Excellent evening, music, ambiance and meal superb!

That was a great evening, we enjoyed it immensely. You’ve created something a bit special, looking forward to next year’s events.

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