The magical Grand Orchestra opens the festival : With 5 saxophones, 5 trumpets, 4 trombones and the keyboard, the Big Band de Voiron takes us back to the 40's when Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Cab Calloway and many others were at the forefront of the Jazz scene.
Influenced by the work of the Duke and classical themes which they interpret to perfection (Caravan, Mood Indigo...), the BBV equally successfully ventures into other styles. And a special guest, Calou, adds her voice to some famous Jazz themes.
Everyone knows Sidney Bechet : "Poumy"Arnaud (d), Christian Azzi (p) and "Totol" Masselier (b) played with the Sidney Bechet Orchestra in the 50's. With Olivier Franc (ss), Daniel Barda (tb) and Alain Marquet (cl), who else could bring back memories of the author of Petite Fleur, in the Streets of Antibes (dans les rues d'Antibes) and other well-known numbers, the greatest hits of Jazz music.
And finally, Glenn Ferris : great trombonist from the Sates, Glenn Ferris recently recorded "Skin Me" which won the Record of the Year Award, presented by the Jazz Academy in December 2004. Tenor sax Jean-Michel Cabrol accompanies and "replies" just as masterfully to the deep, warm tones of the trombone. Both performers are backed by Philippe Milanta (p), Brunot Rousselet (b) and Jeff Boudreaux (d-perc) from New-Orleans..