Jacques Schwarz-Bart will open the 28th edition of the Banlieues Bleues Festival with his “Jazz-Racines Haïti” repertoire on Friday, March 11, 2011, at 8:00pm in Saint-Ouen, in northern Paris (Seine-Saint-Denis), France.
Although Guadeloupean musician Jacques Schwarz Bart started to play tenor saxophone quite late, this was no hindrance to be quickly noticed. In New York, he collaborated with Roy Hargrove, Meshell Ndegeocello, Erykah Badu, and others. Neo-soul singer/songwriter D’Angelo dubbed him “Brother Jacques.”
He traveled to the coasts of Haiti to get to know “the mysterious ‘roots’ music” of Haiti, with some of its best representatives: Jean Bonga, master of roots drums; Obed Calvaire—one of the best jazz drummers in New York; and Ewol Josué, leading voice in the voudou repertoire.” Schwarz-Bart’s performance at the Banlieues Bleues Festival promises to be a major the event in France.
For original article (in French), see http://www.viafrance.com/evenements/jacques-schwarz-bart-racines-festival-banlieues-bleues-638515.aspx
For details on the festival, see http://www.banlieuesbleues.org/22_festival_edition.php