The jazz season continues on into the autumn months on the Côte d’Azur with the annual Jazz sous les Bigaradiers festival in La Gaude.

The Nice Jazz Festival and Jazz à Juan are but dim and distant memories at this stage, but enthusiasts of this music form are still being catered for locally, with the 17th edition of Jazz Sous les Bigaradiers.

The festival is jointly organised by the Association So What and the commune of La Gaude, and this year will feature some 70 musicians and 16 orchestras from four different countries, playing in 13 different venues around the village of La Gaude.

Jazz sous les Bigaradiers 2013 in La Gaude

The festival runs from Saturday 9th to Tuesday, 19th November, with an eclectic programme on offer for each of the nights. Some of the highlights include:-

Saturday, 9th November – La Seguinière (9pm)
A night of be-bop jazz with the Sébastien Chaumont Quartetaccompanied by guest trumpeter José Caparros.

Tuesday, 12th November – Aux Caprices de Caroline (8:30pm)
Jazz classics with the Jean Cortès quartet and American singer, Allison Linde

Wednesday, 13th November – SO WHAT (9pm)
Jazz and world music from two groups, jazz-rock fusion exponents Triode, and the Why Note Trio

Thursday, 14th November – La Guinguette Gaudoise (8:30pm)
The best of Jazz Manouche from the Djalamichto Quartet (Niçois meal also included in ticket price)

Pianist Romain Collin from Antibes

Friday, 15th November – La Coupole (9pm)
Antibes born Romain Collin (pictured above) and his Trio will be on hand to entertain the crowd.

Saturday, 16th November – La Coupole (9pm)
An evening with world renowned trumpeter Paolo Fresu and Daniele di Bonaventura.

Sunday, 17th November – Église de la Guade (11am)
“Les Ménestrels d’Antibes” – a morning of baroque music with 24 choristers.


Monday, 18th November – La Coupole (9pm)
An evening of Jazz and Cinema with a showing of the Coen Brothers’ ‘Inside Llewin Davis‘, and a concert featuring the Rossitza Milevska trio (see lead image).

Tuesday, 19th November – So What (8:30pm)
An evening of improvised music with the duo Bruno Toccane and Henri Roger with their guests, Eric-Maria Couturier and Emmanuelle Somer.

Jazz sous les Bigaradiers 2013 in La Gaude

For full details of all events on the programme, please check the official festival website, where you will also find information on ticket prices. For reservations and bookings, you may either email the organisers or contact the local Tourist Office on 04 93 24 47 26


La Seguinière
2416, route de St Laurent
06610 La Gaude

Tel: 06 13 14 86 19 (mobile)

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Centre Culturel la Coupole
7396, route de Cagnes
06610 La Gaude

Tel: 04 93 24 49 81

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Association So What
16, rue Gabriel Ponzone
06610 La Gaude

Tel: 04 93 24 42 56

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All images courtesy Association So What



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