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The Victoires du Jazz 2019

The Victoires du jazz Awards were held on Wednesday October 16, at 7:30pm at the Casino de Paris, where the winners performed in concert.

Six award categories were presented in total, with Anne Paceo winning the title of Artist of the Year. The drummer and composer had previously won this award in 2016 and was named Instrumental Revelation of 2011. Currently in residency at Coutances, site of the Jazz sous les pommiers Festival, she has created several programs centered around Burmese music (Fables of Schwedagon), rap (Rewind), Latin influences (Alegria), and of course pop like the Bright Shadows project.

In the Voice category, it was the Belgian singer and composer David Linx who distinguished himself. The Belgian virtuoso vocalist, composer and author, has already won a Victoire de Jazz for Best Vocal Artist in a French Production in 2011, an honour he shared with the Portuguese Maria João, who he collaborated with on a joint project on Gershwin. A reference musician in the field of vocal jazz, he pursues his career in both, Paris and Brussels. In about thirty years, he has recorded more than twenty albums as lead or co-lead singer, and has had just as many appearances on other records.

The Best Group Award went to the Sacre du Tympan, the big band created by bassist and composer Fred Pallem 1998. Throughout their eight albums since 2002, Sacre du Tympan has forged the image of a jazz ensemble nourished by delicious cinematographic and artistic obsessions (François de Roubaix seems an ever-present influence), without observing any hierarchy of musical styles. Latest project to date: L'Odyssée, a beautiful sound fresco launched in 2018.

The Sensation Album Category was won by accordionist Vincent Peirani and his album Living Being II (Night Walker). Like Anne Paceo, the barefoot accordionist now has three Jazz Victories under his belt. The musician was awarded the Artist of the Year trophy in 2015 and the Revelation trophy in 2014. Since Thrill Box (2013), his first collaboration with the jazz label ACT, Vincent Peirani, born in Nice in 1980, has experienced an irresistible rise in the world of jazz, in France and beyond. In the meantime, he has remained faithful to the world of classical music - where he developed his accordion technique - while working for song and cinema.

The Unclassifiable Album of the Year was awarded to flutist and composer Naïssam Jalal. Born in Paris of Syrian origin, she released her first album in 2009. Now, ten years later, her sixth album, her mysterious record Quest of the Invisible, receives the Unclassifiable Album award. The Quest, with its refined style at the confluence of traditional music and jazz was recorded with double bassist Claude Tchamitchian and pianist Leonardo Montana. Currently in residence at l'Estran, a room located in Guidel (Morbihan), the 35-year-old flutist succeeds Raphaël Imbert's saxophonist in this "unclassifiable" category to Music is my Hope.

Finally, it is the trombonist Fidel Fourneyron who has received the Rising Artist award. The thirty-year-old trombonist from the Aquitaine region settled in Paris in 2006 to complete his jazz training at the CNSM. There, he met people who have been a vital part of his career and found inspiration in various artistic directions, ranging from swing to contemporary music. Having led trio as well as solo projects, he distinguished himself in 2019 with the album resulting from the ¿ Que Vola ? project – a remarkable encounter between a dozen French jazzmen and the music and rhythms of Cuba, a country he has visited several times.

In addition to the 2019 winners, two Victories of Honour were awarded. The first was presented on the stage of the Casino de Paris to the American singer Gregory Porter, who came to perform two songs for the occasion, including one in duet with his Belgian colleague David Linx. The second Victoire was awarded to 74-year-old bassist Henri Texier for his contribution to the history of French jazz. This second distinction was part of an informal, celebratory salvo of the Victoires du Jazz, held in the lively lobby of the Casino de Paris, after the show was filmed for France 5.

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