What could be more natural on the bill of a jazz festival than an artist who has never ceased to proclaim -- and not just when he’s singing a tune, even if it is one of his most famous songs -- that he loves all the major works of Duke Ellington, all the standards by Oscar Peterson, Lionel Hampton, Scott Hamilton, Mahalia Jackson and many others whose names had the misfortune to not end with “on”? In short, Michel Jonasz lives jazz, eats jazz, breathes jazz.
This has been the case for more than seven decades now and there is no reason for it to change. So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he has called his new show Groove!, named after his forthcoming album that will end a musical hiatus of almost eight years, a period more specifically devoted to fostering an acting career on both the small and big screens.
Announced for fall, Groove! is an opportunity to prove that friendship and loyalty are anything but empty words for Michel Jonasz since he is accompanied by his brothers in arms -- Manu Katché, Jean-Yves d’Angelo, Jérôme Regard, Hervé Braud – and joining them will be other great musicians of the French music scene whose name will be revealed when the time comes...
Michel Jonasz is also counting on these “grumblers” for the tour following the album release with a stop at Monte Carlo. Between the new songs of this long-awaited Groove! and those who have forged his career, from “Joueur de blues” and “Super Nana” to “Guigui” and “Les Vacances au bord de la mer”, emotion is much more than a substitute for groove. A great evening in perspective.
The show is on November 16th 2019 at the Opéra Garnier Monte-Carlo!