X as in Xenophilia


Hiromi Festival Jazz à Vienne, 2011 Photo : Pascal Kober

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 the word xenophilia so well suited to jazz. Is there a single form of music in the world which has played with so much beauty and love of others ? The languid tones of the Brazilian bossa nova, the myriad rhythms of Africa, the legacy of European classical music, the ragas of India, and the French Songbook of Nougaro and Trenet transposed, everything tumbles into jazz. And that is precisely why people love it.

This picture is published in my ABC FOR JAZZ LOVERS, the english version of myAbécédaire amoureux du jazz, a 180 pages book with a foreword by Marcus Miller, published by Snoeck and which bring together more than 200 jazz portraits took on stage and backstage all around the world for Jazz Hot magazine.

For those who love jazz and to those who think they… don’t (!), a good idea for a Christmas present  ! Want to order  ? Here it is  :

Publisher’s website


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