JAZZ FESTIVAL HERMANCE
by Vivian Holding
If you’re a lover of jazz, you’ll know of the big Jazz Festivals of Montreux and Cully, or the Musiques en Ête jazz concerts that take place in Geneva. Another smaller, but nonetheless well worthwhile visiting jazz festival – Jazz sur la Plage takes place in Hermance this August and celebrates its 25th anniversary.
Internationally known as well as regional groups, many well known on the Swiss jazz circuit having played at both Montreal and Cully, play in four different village locations in this beautiful lakeside village. The main stage is set on the beach with the lake as a backdrop, but concerts also take place in a working cellar and in an open barn.
Why not make the most of the summer and take a trip out to Hermance and discover the festival for yourself?
The village of Hermance borders France on the lake road heading out to Thonon-les-Bains. Did you know that Phil Collins was once a resident of Hermance?
Takes place on Friday 18th & Saturday 19th August 2017.
Over fourteen bands/musicians as well as before and after shows from DJs Floorg & Thonico play in four different locations – the Main Stage on the beach, Les Dix-Vins, Le Caveau de Vignerons and the Barque à Swing.
WHAT NOT TO MISS
Winner of the prestigious solo piano competition at the Montreal Jazz Festival, Jerry Léonide plays sweet Mauritian inspired melodies at Le Caveau de Vignerons on Friday 18th August at 8pm.
Lost in Swing play on Saturday 19th August on the main stage at 9.30pm and will have you up on your feet with their swing jazz, revisiting the big names of Lionel Hampton, Fats Waller, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington and Coleman Hawkins.
Before and AfterShows from the DJ duo Floorg & Thonico will get the crowd moving in the Caveau with their collection of soul, funk, disco and techno, playing until the early hours of the morning.
Run by a non-profit cultural association – The Jazz Association, which was founded 25 years ago. The head of the Association is Pierre Edmond Gilliand, founder and former director of the Chat Noir.
Entrance to the festival is completely free.
Taking public transport or one of the special navettes laid on specifically for the event is advised:
TPG – Line E (from Rive to Hermance)From 7pm onwards there will be a better service covering the route. Last departures from Hermance at 1.05am and 1.50am.
Navette A – from Anières – Corsier – Gy – Jussy – Presinge – Puplinges – Trois-Chênes.
Navette B – from Anières – Corsier – Meinier – Choulex – Vandoeuvres – Cologny – Trois-Chênes.
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