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Brittany Jazz – A week of Jazz at Vannes

A Brittany Jazz Festival – There is a whole week  of great jazz playing through the streeets and parks of the city of Vannes (56 Morbihan, Brittany) on Brittany’s south west coast from 26-28 July 2018

Although it is a coastal port, the city is protected from the sea by the Golfe de Morbihan which provides many opportunities for water sports and sailing.

But for this one week there are some great Jazz performances:-

jazz at vannes posterWhat is there to do in Vannes? Sip a Cuba Libre cocktail while you smoke a Havana cigar? Why not, especially if you’re lucky enough to be listening to a concert by the Buena Vista Social Club, like they were a couple of years ago. Because, if you don’t already know, Morbihan has been bitten by jazz fever. Stéphane Grappelli, Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, Diana Krall and even the colossal Taj Mahal all bear witness to that. When the flood gates open in mid-summer, the blues musicians, New Orleans brass bands and giants of the jazz world take the ramparts of the old town by storm. In the streets in the afternoon, and in public parks and squares in the evening, always in the open air. From the Gardens of the Hotel de Limur to the Carmes Auditorium, via the esplanade in the port, the public get their money’s worth and jazz gets its audience.

The festival is also an opportunity to discover emerging young talents and for amateur and professional musicians to express themselves through the springboard and jam sessions. The entire town lives in step with jazz during the daytime entertainment, the concerts in the Auditorium des Carmes and the “jazz off” event, with evenings of improvisation and concerts organised throughout the city.

The 2018 Festival will begin with the traditional free evening event in the Place de Hôtel de Ville and at the new esplanade on the right bank of the harbour.

Maison de la Garenne B&B

More info on the Jazz à Vannes Festival
B&Bs, self-catering and Hotels in Vannes including the B&B Maison de la Garenne a 19th-century house in the centre of Vannes, just 100 metres from the medieval old town.

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