Opening act: Hugh Coltman - "Who's Happy"
Hugh Coltman is a Brit living in France and the former leader of the blues-rock band “The Hoax”. But the folk-pop songwriter turned jazz crooner is scarcely where you expect him. With his new album “Who’s Happy?”, the forty-year-old wanderer is adding a new page to his adventure, after deciding to cross over existing boundaries, formats and habits.
First came the impromptu replacement of singer Krystle Warren in 2012 during a concert featuring the pianist Éric Legnini. It was at that point that Hugh Coltman found out about “the easy-going attitude of jazz musicians, more ‘rock’ than quite a few rock musicians, who never play songs on thursday the way they played them on tuesday, and who master their craft so much that they can try anything”. The replacement then blossomed into a long-term adventure and led to an album paying homage to Nat King Cole: 120 concerts, one 2017 Victoire du Jazz award distinguishing him as “the voice of the year”...
Refusing to capitalise on this unexpected success with a cover album, Coltman headed to New Orleans to seek inspiration for his new project. There, he met the guitarist Freddy Koella, the most prestigious and discrete of Frenchmen in America (Bob Dylan, Willy DeVille, Odetta, K.D. lang, Carla Bruni, Francis Cabrel, Lhasa De Sela all called on him), who coproduced the album. It took just six days in the studio with some big New Orleans names to come up with 10 original titles and cover “It’s Your Voodoo Working” by Charles Sheffield. From track to track, we’ll move from pure autobiographical to universal, from lament to steadfast hope, from European blues to Americana countryside. Hugh Coltman offers listeners a musical and existential voyage at the Monte Carlo Jazz Festival, between confidence and flamboyant spectacle. Who's happy? We are, of course!
A return to electric blues filled with guitar riffs! Sanseverino's song writing skills are in full swing, describing various parts of his own life – or something resembling it – with edgy humour. We hear about his passions (namely cycling), arguments and thoughts on society, all to the tune of a lively, up-tempo rock’n’roll blues.
From Django to Zappa, gypsy jazz and electric music from the 40’s and 50’s he finds its roots in the songs of travelling peoples. The artist Stéphane Sanseverino has been making wacky, virtuoso contributions to the genres for 20 years. He switches easily from gypsy swing to rock and blues, covering decades of music and influences in his albums with precision and panache. Sanseverino’s 2017/2018 tour echoes new artistic perceptions and desires. In his new album “Montreuil/Memphis”, blues is the word – so long Big Band and accordion playing. Sanseverino takes up a harmonica, inspiring concert-goers while on tour all over France. Montreuil/Memphis was released on September 22nd, 2017.