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Jazz a Juan




In 1927, while discussing Einstein's famous theory of relativity, engineer John William Dunne wondered whether dreams may be made up of images from past experiences and experiences yet to come, combined in more or less equal measures. Replace "dreams" with "jazz" and what you get is perhaps the best definition of… "Jazz à Juan"! You will also discover how to travel towards the future by way of the present, in the light of a prestigious past. Precisely this is the miraculous formula of one of the longest running festivals which has at the same time remained ever true to the present.

Since the European festival's first edition in 1960, "Jazz à Juan" has known many time travellers who have made names for themselves among the world's greatest jazz artists, in the manner of Sonny Rollins. Since his first triumph in Juan in 1970 (he was headlining with Erroll Garner), Sonny has lost count of his appearances, all of which have been moments of shared communion: "Juan-les-Pins is a remarkable place where I love to come to play as often as possible. The audience is always sensitive to my set list. They are probably the most faithful audience I know. It's a place where I like to try out my new compositions".

This year Sonny Rollins is the ambassador for the 52nd edition of "Jazz à Juan", and upon this occasion, he will very officially become an Honorary Citizen of the town of Antibes Juan-les-Pins, alongside (among other celebrities!) Picasso, and... Keith Jarrett. A welcome tribute for this "Jazz Hero" who has so often enthralled the pine grove "in front of a standing audience who can't keep still and has lost all track of time" (Patrick Sabatier in Libération), for the greatest glory of a music which is still, now more than ever, the expression of a profound longing for freedom and diversity: Jazz !

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