So that was the Caval’Air Jazz Festival 2016.
With nary a shark in sight.
Yep, the Pink Pillock confused it with that old Spielberg movie, so he was one relieved numpty to attend some of the great events.
Over to Emmy, who actually knows what she is talking about.
The Festival kicked off with THE SASSY SWINGERS , a young group interpreting the New Orleans jazz of the 30s onward , who strolled through Cavalaire inviting all who would to follow and dance. The group entertained a crowd of aficionados by La Grande Digue (the sea wall) and delighted passengers coming back from Les Iles d’Or.
A joyous sound of banjo, washboard accompanied the seductive voice of the bubbly and wonderfully sassy Sandrine Arnaud.
That evening, HUGH COLTMAN treated the audience to a salute to Nat King Cole’s unforgettable songs. His subtle and elegant interpretation of well-known standards and nostalgic half-forgotten ballads was innovative and enchanting.
Friday afternoon, the quintet SUGAR PIE AND THE CANDYMEN mixed it up. Pop, rock, disco and Top 50 were transformed with swing, jazz, and Latino sounds. Familiar yet new songs flooded la Place Ste Estelle. Fingers were snapping and feet dancing in the audience, led along by the elegant, and exciting interpretation of the young and lovely Georgia Ottaviano.
Now back to Dumbo.
His favourite was undoubtedly the Ray Charles Tribute, featuring UROS PERIC and The Pearlettes.
He thinks the three girls should be called the Perilettes.
Because they are dangerously delightful.
And they sing as deliciously as they look.
The show was a tour de force by Mr Peric, who captured brilliantly not only the voice and piano style, but also the distinctive mannerisms, of Ray Charles, as he performed many of the great man’s best known numbers, including I Can’t Stop Loving You and Georgia.
Plus the recurring theme of the rocking Unchain My Heart and the heartbreaking Take These Chains From My Heart.
But sadly, at the end, it was Crying Time, and we all had to Frappe La Rue, Jack.
No, we are not going to translate that.
On Saturday afternoon THE SWINGSONS treated the audience in the cooler temps of the fading light to the Gypsy jazz.
Yes, Django Reinhart would have been pleased to hear “Nuages” and his wildly happy numbers played by this new generation.
Surely Stephane Grapelli would have approved of the stupefying performance of violinist Marvin Burlas.
OMAR SOSA, a truly global citizen, surprised, stimulated, and delighted his fans. His Jazz draws on his Cuban- African roots, hip urban sounds, and world music. He harmonizes different cultural sounds and gives us a seamless universal language of music. For the lovers of new jazz sounds, he’s the man.
Sunday night’s closing feature was the Cotton Club Show, a reprise of the entertainment from the famous Harlem night club of that name.
With a 6-piece orchestra led by Claude TISSENDIER and a superb solo songstress, this was a real trip down memory lane for the over-90s!
The sextet is a beloved group of Cavalairois.
That is French for ‘folk from here’.
Classic Swing sounds of the Big Band era filled the room for an enthusiastic crowd.
To complete the illusion of time standing still for music lovers, a chorus line, and some extremely nifty tap-dancing contributed to the entertainment.
Much appreciated was the performance of FABIEN RUIZ, the famed choreographer who coached Jean Dujardin in Harvey Weinstein’s Oscar winning film “The Artist”.
You see, Emmy knows lots of good stuff!