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Marciac Jazz in the Gers

For the first 2 weeks of August each year (from 27 July to 15 August in 2018) the quiet Gascony village of Marciac (32 Gers, Occitanie) holds its annual Marciac Jazz Festival= Jazz in Marciac

This usually serene small town in the middle of Gascony comes alive in the heart of a region which is peaceful, with gently rolling hills, little traffic or industry, few large towns or major through routes.The festival (and the town) have earned an international reputation, fostered in part by the renowned musician Wynton Marsalis who got the festival established. Amongst the many internationally recognised artists appearing this in 2010 were Michael Bublé, Diana Krall and Wynton Marsalis. You do pay for the big name concerts, but there are also many free offerings available. in 2017 the artists include George Benson, Norah Jones, Gregory Porter, Herbie Hancock and Wynton Marsalis

You do not need to be a jazz-(or even a music-) lover to enjoy the vibrancy of the town during the festival with its festival atmosphere, music, dancing, local products – and of course even some of the local Gascony wines from Producteurs Plaimont who sponsor the event – providing ample opportunities to taste (or buy) the local wines of the Cotes de Gascogne, Cotes de St Mont, Pacherenc du Vic Bilh, Madiran etc!

For more info see www.jazzinmarciac.com

In the heart of the town is a decent Logis hotel – Hôtel Les Comtes de Pardiac

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