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Belle année ! 2018 ! Happy new year…

… avec cette ballade en bleu(s) extraite de mon Abécédaire amoureux du jazz… … with this ballad in blue extract from my ABC for Jazz Lovers…

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Z as in Zoom

AN ABC FOR JAZZ LOVERS John McLaughlin Festival Nancy Jazz Pulsations, 1979 Photo : Pascal Kober One of my first jazz photos. Taken while I was gashing my fingers on a guitar, wondering how it was possible to play as fast … Continuer la lecture

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Y as in Yes

AN ABC FOR JAZZ LOVERS Pat Metheny Festival Jazz à Vienne, 1990 Photo : Pascal Kober Y as in Yes ! Many jazz musicians have agreed to stare into the dark depths of my lens, for 1/125th of a second. With his … Continuer la lecture

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X as in Xenophilia

AN ABC FOR JAZZ LOVERS Hiromi Festival Jazz à Vienne, 2011 Photo : Pascal Kober It’s not the easiest task to (almost) finish an ABC, even one for jazz lovers… At the letter X, I hesitate. Before finding in my dictionary … Continuer la lecture

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W as in Wonderful (Wallon!)

AN ABC FOR JAZZ LOVERS Toots Thielemans Festival Jazz à Vienne, 1994 Photo : Pascal Kober “With my little round belly, if I draw in a long note, my pants fall down !” Toots Thielemans bursts out laughing. This mischievous grandfather, born … Continuer la lecture

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V as in Voice

AN ABC FOR JAZZ LOVERS Archie Shepp Jazz à Amiens, 1994 Photo : Pascal Kober Archie Shepp, who is a saxophonist (first and foremost), spent time with the Gnawa musicians, but he is also an (excellent) singer. With Anthony Braxton and … Continuer la lecture

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U as in Up front

AN ABC FOR JAZZ LOVERS Hank Jones Festival Jazz à Vienne, 1994 Festival Jazz à Vienne, 2004 Photos : Pascal Kober Cover of the magazine Jazz Hot n° 612, dated July-August 2004, with the pianist’s autograph. This picture is published in … Continuer la lecture

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T as in Tours

AN ABC FOR JAZZ LOVERS François Théberge, Gil Lachenal et Olivier Destephany On a Geneva-Moscow flight, 1991 Photo : Pascal Kober A flight of several hours. And what if people could make the most of that time by transforming the Airbus … Continuer la lecture

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S as in Stimulation

AN ABC FOR JAZZ LOVERS Terri Lyne Carrington Festival Jazz à Vienne, 1990 Photo : Pascal Kober She had come to relax after her sound check with Stan Getz, whom she was then accompanying on the drums. A few minutes earlier, … Continuer la lecture

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R as in Reaching out

AN ABC FOR JAZZ LOVERS Marcus Miller, Agathe Iracema and music workshop trainees Festival Les Enfants du jazz, Barcelonnette, 2013 Photo : Pascal Kober Is there any greater joy for a jazz musician than sharing part of his knowledge ? Marcus Miller had … Continuer la lecture

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Q as in Quartet

AN ABC FOR JAZZ LOVERS Zacharie Abraham, Romain Pilon, Raphaële Atlan and Nicolas Charlier Jazz Club de Grenoble, 2016 Cyrille Aimée Festival Jazz à Vienne, 2015 Carmen Souza La Faïencerie, La Tronche, 2015 Agathe Iracema Festival Jazz à Vienne, 2013 … Continuer la lecture

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P as in Piano

AN ABC FOR JAZZ LOVERS Geri Allen Festival Jazz à Vienne, 1988 Photo : Pascal Kober At the heart of the note, her nose is down level with the piano strings. The piano has a unique architecture which at times allows … Continuer la lecture

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O as in Obscurity

AN ABC FOR JAZZ LOVERS Christian Vander (Magma) Salle des fêtes, Rombas, 1978 Photo : Pascal Kober The career of a child of rock in the shadow of jazz. At the age of 14, everything started for me with a Louis … Continuer la lecture

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N as in Nomad

AN ABC FOR JAZZ LOVERS Chan Parker Aéroport d’Izmir, Turquie, 1995 Photo : Pascal Kober In a few hours, “Bird’s” charming wife, Chan Parker, will be back in her country house not far from Paris. Every year, she was welcomed as … Continuer la lecture

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M as in Movement

AN ABC FOR JAZZ LOVERS Carla Bley Festival Jazz Musiques, Grenoble, 1988 Photo : Pascal Kober If I tell you that this is a female pianist, you will have recognized the person hiding behind that long blond hair, always in motion, … Continuer la lecture

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L as in Lights

AN ABC FOR JAZZ LOVERS Quincy Jones with The Amazing Keystone Big Band Festival Jazz à Vienne, 2014 Photo : Pascal Kober He “invented” Michael Jackson (and so many others!) and put them in the spotlight. Master Q is a driver of … Continuer la lecture

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K as in Kaleidoscope

AN ABC FOR JAZZ LOVERS Hermeto Pascoal Festival Jazz à Vienne, 1986 Photo : Pascal Kober A kaleidoscope with the colours of the Brazilian flag highlighted in red. That’s what it took to describe the whole colourful wealth of the offbeat … Continuer la lecture

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J as in Jam session

AN ABC FOR JAZZ LOVERS Michel Jules, Luiz Carlos de Paula and Stéphane Sarlin (Notenstock trio) with bassist Abraham Laboriel Festival Jazz à Vienne, 1993 Photo : Pascal Kober The “jam” is always a competition of smiles ! Take a look at this … Continuer la lecture

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I as in Intimity

AN ABC FOR JAZZ LOVERS Lou Tavano Jazz Club de Grenoble, 2012 Photo : Pascal Kober She likes Bali, Russia, and classical music. And that’s enough for me to love her… “For those who don’t like jazz”… In 1992, this was … Continuer la lecture

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H as in Happening

AN ABC FOR JAZZ LOVERS Bobby McFerrin Festival Jazz à Vienne, 2010 Photo : Pascal Kober Happening. Yes, yes, it’s happening ! And even more often than you think. It even has something to do with art ! Criss-crossing the stage, the American … Continuer la lecture

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G as in Groups

AN ABC FOR JAZZ LOVERS Manhattan Transfer Festival Jazz à Vienne, 1987 Photo : Pascal Kober One or two iconic bands have left their mark on the history of jazz, with the artistic identity of a group. Without musicians like Janis … Continuer la lecture

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F as in Fun

AN ABC FOR JAZZ LOVERS Dee Dee Bridgewater, China Moses and… Elliott Festival Jazz à Vienne, 2010 Photo : Pascal Kober I’ve been listening to Dee Dee for 30 years. From her revivals of Ella Fitzgerald standards to her jazz version … Continuer la lecture

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E as in Encouragement

AN ABC FOR JAZZ LOVERS Sahib Shihab, Anthony Anelli et Benny Powell Festival Jazz Musiques, Grenoble, 1986 Photo : Pascal Kober These three great American soloists were the guests of the Regional Jazz Big Band conducted by André Anelli. Whose son … Continuer la lecture

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D as in Daydream

AN ABC FOR JAZZ LOVERS Lisa Simone Festival Jazz à Vienne, 2016 Photo : Pascal Kober I met her mother, Nina, in 1992, at a festival in Pointe-à-Pitre, French West Indies. Not easy, her mum… And not an easy life for … Continuer la lecture

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C as in Contrabass

AN ABC FOR JAZZ LOVERS Esperanza Spalding Festival Les Estivales de Savoie, château des ducs de Chambéry, 2013 Photo : Pascal Kober I was introduced to Esperanza Spalding in 2009 when her first album, Junjo, which was virtually mainstream, appeared. These … Continuer la lecture

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B as in Backstage

AN ABC FOR JAZZ LOVERS Chick Corea International Istanbul Jazz Festival, Turquie, 1996 Photo : Pascal Kober In musicians’ jargon, the sound check is that moment when they fine-tune the balance of their instruments, helped by the two sound engineers.  The … Continuer la lecture

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A as in Africa

AN ABC FOR JAZZ LOVERS Randy Weston Festival Jazz à Vienne, 2016 Photo : Pascal Kober The African continent is the source of jazz.  In the late 1960s, Randy Weston was one of the first to bring African and American musicians … Continuer la lecture

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An ABC for Jazz Lovers: the Advent calendar

Almost as many days before Christmas as letters in my ABC for Jazz Lovers, the english version of my Abécédaire amoureux du jazz ! Here is my Advent calendar. Every day, one picture and its caption, extract from this 180 pages … Continuer la lecture

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An ABC for Jazz Lovers

For me, the sign of a great jazz photographer is when you hear the music as you view the image. It’s almost as if the notes jump out and wrap themselves around you. After viewing these images by Pascal Kober, … Continuer la lecture

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Abécédaire amoureux du jazz (épisode 3)

Ça roule pour le livre ! 180 pages… AN ABC FOR JAZZ LOVERS The book is on print ! 180 pages…      

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Abécédaire amoureux du jazz (épisode 2)

Le livre sera sous presse la semaine prochaine ! Rendez-vous le jeudi 15 juin pour l’ouverture de mon exposition au Musée de l’Ancien Évêché (Grenoble, Isère, France). AN ABC FOR JAZZ LOVERS The English version of the book will be on … Continuer la lecture

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Happy new year 2017!

2017… for jazz and the love of jazz ! Soon to come, my ABC for Jazz Lovers, the english version of the book and a photo exhibition at the Musée de l’Ancien Évêché in Grenoble (France)… May it be a good and … Continuer la lecture

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