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Review of the Nice Jazz Festival 2022: a successful edition



The mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi, does not hide his satisfaction with the results of the 2022 edition of the Nice Jazz Festival: ” After two last editions marked by the health crisis, the Nice Jazz Festival has finally found its two stages in the unique setting of Place Masséna and the Théâtre de Verdure for its 2022 edition. For five days, the City of Nice but also the municipalities of the Metropolis vibrated to the sounds of big names of local, national and international stature, jazz legends but also today’s discoveries that have made our festival famous. In total, 42,500 spectators shared the love of jazz and music, a great success for a post-crisis edition. I would like to thank the festival teams for the great success of this edition. I now give you an appointment from July 17 to 21, 2023 to celebrate together the 75th anniversary of the Nice Jazz Festival »

Programming under the sign of diversity

Sébastien Vidal, Artistic Director of the festival underlines: “ We dreamed, imagined, desired this program under the sign of diversity, like today’s jazz. We wanted it to be feminine, plural and inclusive by seeking out all forms of jazz and contemporary music. At the start of this troubled century, jazz is more alive than ever. We find it everywhere in all the music and behind all the successes of the moment, up to Iggy Pop, the icon of Stooges, who has now converted to the sound of jazz. For the return of the festival in a large format version, we danced with Parcels or Clara Luciani, vibrated with the fabulous HER, discovered the voices of Celeste and Lady Blackbird. We found our friends Ibrahim Maalouf or Youn Sun Nah with original projects tailored just for the NJF2022. Jazz legends were there: Charles Tolliver to salute the 50th anniversary of the Strata East label; Michel Portal and his 85 springs; Avishai Cohen or the sublime Melody Gardot. Jazz is also rich in its youth, we have always defended the young generation who have often found their first major international stage in Nice: Emmet Cohen, Samy Thiébault, Yessai Karapetian, Émile Parisien, Samara Joy or the formidable Gerald Clayton… In all, 30 artists to tell jazz as it is today will have thrilled us during this edition “.

A 2022 poster revisited by 40 artists

Reflecting the diversity of jazz, the 2022 poster of the Nice Jazz Festival, colorful, symbolizing the Mediterranean and jazz instruments, marked a new breath and a new impetus for the festival. To celebrate it and promote artistic creation, 40 local artists have lent themselves to the game of revisiting the poster. On the theme of jazz, the Biennale des Arts de Nice “Fleurs! or Nice’s candidacy for the European Capital of Culture in 2028, 40 reproductions were exhibited on the festival site throughout its duration. They will then be on view from July 22 to October 3 next under the arcades that line the Cours Jacques Chirac. At the same time, the facades of the Puces de Nice, which welcome local talent throughout the year, present until August 30 a retrospective of posters produced for past editions of the Nice Jazz Festival.

La Maison Ferret, patron of the Nice Jazz Festival 2022 and long-time supporter

A partner of the festival for more than ten years, Maison Ferret wanted this year to become a sponsor of the Nice Jazz Festival, with which it shares the values ​​of high standards, diversity and international influence. By more specifically supporting the 100% Jazz stage offered by the City of Nice at the Théâtre de Verdure, and by awarding the “Trophée Ferret” again this year to a star jazz artist, Maison Ferret has significantly history and for the development of this emblematic festival. This year, for the traditional presentation of the “Trophée Ferret”, Maison Ferret and the City of Nice have chosen to highlight the art of sculpture and the art of jewelery by presenting a “Love Nice Jazz Festival” trophy. created by the Nice artist Stéphane Cipre, in reference to the “Love” collection that he created in collaboration with the jeweler. For the 2022 edition, the artist Mélody Gardot was presented with this unique creation.

The Nice Jazz Festival: an ecological commitment

In 2022, the Nice Jazz Festival continued its ecological commitment by going even further: sorting throughout the festival; water fountains; elimination of plastic and returnable eco cups; partnerships for a soft transport mode platform (carpooling, public transport, blue bike, evolution towards a fleet of vehicles with more electric models, etc.).

Jazz Off in Nice and in the municipalities of the Metropolis

Like every year, on the sidelines of the Nice Jazz Festival, people from Nice and tourists were able to take advantage of a Jazz OFF program in Nice and in the municipalities of the Nice Côte d’Azur Metropolis. This year, the Jazz OFF settled on the Colline du Château as a prelude to the festival. On the occasion of concerts and jazz aperitifs, the public was able to discover the cream of the jazz groups of the Côte d’Azur free of charge. On the Metropolitan side, the municipalities of Valdeblore la Colmiane, Gilette, Drap, Saint Laurent du Var and Auron were also able to enjoy concerts orchestrated by the finest of Riviera jazz groups. The party continues until August 13 in the towns of Saint Martin Vésubie, Saint Martin du Var, Clans, La Bollène Vésubie, Belvédère, Castagniers and Châteauneuf Villevieille (detailed program on nicejazzfestival.fr).

Nice Jazz Festival after parties at the Radisson Blu Hotel Nice

On the occasion of the Nice Jazz Festival, the Radisson Blu Hotel Nice has revived the Jam Sessions that have marked the history of the festival for more than a decade in order to extend the evenings until the end of the night! Like the jazz clubs of the biggest international capitals, the atmosphere was festive and friendly, animated by jazzmen from the Riviera. Each evening was marked by the presence of artists from the Nice Jazz Festival invited for memorable jam sessions.

An inclusive festival

As part of its policy of integrating people with disabilities, Christian Estrosi leads many actions to enable them to participate fully in the life of the city. As part of the Nice Jazz Festival, the City of Nice has experimented with an adapted device allowing the deaf or hard of hearing public to take full advantage of musical performances. Thanks to vibrating vests, the hearing impaired were able to feel the music and experience the concerts intensely. Three deaf and hard of hearing people were invited to attend the various concerts each evening in order to test this device. Called “Immersive Live Solution”, this device designed by the company TIMMPI is an audio-tactile process adapted to make musical programming inclusive. A control box with an algorithm translates the music into vibrations and transmits it to the body through several points of contact, allowing to feel the rises, the descents, the harmony of the bass.

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