The annual four day festival in the Villa Domergue each August ensures that the summer of jazz continues for enthusiasts on the French Riviera.

Now one of the unmissable events of the summer, the Jazz à Domergue festival allows an increasingly loyal and appreciative audience to revel in the highest quality jazz music, whilst enjoying the truly stunning scenery of the gardens of the Villa Domergue.

Running from this coming Friday 9th until Monday 12th August, the festival, under the artistic direction of Frédéric Ballester, boasts an impressive line-up once again this year.

The opening act for the 2013 festival is Rachel Ratsizafy (pictured above), whose work has been strongly influenced by the traditional songs of Madagascar, where she was born, and also African and African-American music. She will be accompanied by Cédric Chauveau on piano, Samuel Hubert on double bass, Jean-Pierre Derouard on drums, and Michel Marre on trumpet.


Saturday night sees the Frédéric Viale Quartet take to the stage, with M. Viale himself on accordion, Nelson Veras on guitar, Natallino Neto on bass and Zaza Desiderio on drums.

The act for the Sunday night, 11th August, is none other than renowned French pianist, Philippe Léogé, one of the key figures on the modern French jazz scene. With a career spanning three decades, he has built up a repetoire and reputation second to none.

The festival closes on Monday night, 12th August, with les Doigts de l’homme, featuring Olivier Kikteff on guitar, Tanguy Blum on double bass, Antoine Girard on accordion, and Benoît Convert and Yannick Alcocer, both on guitar. 

The superb setting of Villa Domergue near Cannes

All concerts take place in the grounds of the Villa Domergue, and start at 9pm. In the event of weather disruption, the concerts will be staged at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès in Cannes. Tickets for each evening range in price from €18 to €24 (€12 for under 25s and €10 for children under 10) and are available from all the usual outlets or may be reserved online or from the Tourist Office in Cannes.

Villa Domergue
5 – 9, ave. Fiesole
06400 Cannes

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Lead image © Vincent BartoliAll Rights Reserved; photo of Villa Domergue courtesy Office du Tourisme de Cannes 



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