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October 8th - Black Boy

Cartoon concert with blues by Olivier Gotti and art by illustrator Benjamin Flao Vienne Theatre
Théâtre de Vienne


The tale of a black kid growing up in the south battling racism and hatred, Black Boy is the major autobiographical work of top black novelist Richard Wright. This show's original theatrical format bringing together bluesman Olivier Gotti, illustrator Benjamin Flao (author of the Kililana Song comic) and actor Jérôme Imard (Théâtre du Mantois) to showcase three art forms (literature, music and illustration) fuelled by the same drive to bring this radiant and liberating 20th century sensory masterpiece to everyone's attention. Based on the book by Richard Wright (over 12s). Adapted, designed and directed by Jérôme Imard, score (Lapsteel guitar) and vocals by Olivier Gotti, live illustrations by Benjamin Flao, performed by Jérôme Imard, artistic advice and adaptation by Eudes Labrusse

Co-produced with Rhino Jazz & Vienne Theatre

Ticket: 8-27€

November 9th - Madeleine Peyroux

Auditorium de Lyon


22 years after her first album, Dreamland, Madeleine Peyroux is continuing her musical adventures in her very own style: her raspy voice - similar to Billie Holiday's - and guitar work wonders in a blend of funk, blues and jazz. Her latest album, Secular Hymns (2013), saw the most Parisian US singer perform in a trio with electric guitarist Jon Herington and bass player Barak Mori. She has recorded a new album in a quintet this time after her 2-year tour: Anthem, released on August 31st 2018. The title (an anthem is a choral composition in the Anglican Church) puts it in line with the slightly mystical aspect of the last album, in Madeleine Peyroux's words: "Music is our spiritual life. So these tracks to me are like hymns, secular hymns - songs that are very special, personal, introverted." The new album launch tour is making a much-anticipated pit-stop at the Lyon Auditorium.

Co-produced with the Auditorium - Lyon National Orchestra

Ticket series 1: 48 €
Ticket series 2: 34 €
Ticket series 3: 16 €

November 20th - Chicago Blues Festival

Salle du Manège, Vienne


The 49th Chicago Blues Festival tour sees it go back to its roots and bring you a 100% Chicago line-up this autumn! Heading up the group put together for the event is Mike Wheeler who made his mark a decade ago as one of the stand-out
 guitarists in the Chicago Blues challenge. With years of experience as a wingman in several groups, he has had the chance to play alongside countless legends including Son Seals, Koko Taylor, Willie Kent and Buddy Guy. Mike made his name whilst in the Big James orchestra and the Chicago Playboys band between 1998 and 2001 before furthering his solo career and forming the group that signed to the legendary Delmark label in 2012 and released two critically-acclaimed albums. His fellow band members are all among the most-respected on planet blues in their respective fields as proven by the rhythmic all-stars formed by Cleo Cole on drums and Larry Williams on bass! Two old acquaintances have been invited along to complete the Chicago Blues band with Omar Coleman on harmonica and Faye "Peaches" Staten on vocals! Omar is a fan of Billy Branch and Junior Wells whilst Peaches is influenced by Koko Taylor and Etta James. Their connection and talent paired with the energy they radiate on stage promises you a great Chicago Blues treat!

This Chicago Blues Festival is the chance for Jazz à Vienne to unveil its 2019 poster designed by the illustrator Jacques de Loustal and announce the first names in the 39th line-up!

Standard ticket 20€, discounted ticket 18€

December 18th - Cartoons

Salle du Manège, Vienne


Boom! The Snow Queen meets Scooby-Doo. The Spider chased by Spongebob and Pat the Dog ! Super Mario crashes into Tex Avery and Grendizer... The 11 hilarious Sacre du Tympan musicians are continuing their explorations into music and image.  This time they've set their sights on the world of cartoons and video games. The prolific leader, bassist, composer, arranger and conductor of the thrilling Sacre du Tympan (Paris) Fred Pallem has unleashed his inner child to bring you an exciting and fun-filled new kind of concert. The bubbly yet graceful arrangements written by Pallem make this journey through half a century of childhood soundtracks your chance to experience an incredible range of timbres and audio pieces. Kids and big kids become part of a long conversation between musicians and audiences.

In partnership with Vienne Theatre

Wednesday December 19th, 6.30pm-8pm at the Music & Dance Conservatory and in keeping with the previous night's concert, Jean-Paul Boutellier, the Jazz à Vienne festival founder, explores the links that bind jazz to cartoons from Steamboat Willie, the first soundtrack in the history of animation, to recent pieces that call upon jazz greats.

March 18th - Anouar Brahem, Blue Maqams

Auditorium de Lyon


The Blue Maqams album was released in autumn 2017 to coincide with the artist's 60th birthday and is certainly a landmark record for Anouar Brahem. It was recorded at the Avatar studios in New York in May 2017, produced by Manfred Eicher and brings the great Tunisian oud maestro together with three brilliant improvisers: the "maqams" in the album title refer to the modal system of traditional Arab music - similar to the "kind of blue" so loved by jazz musicians. This album was also an opportunity for Anouar Brahem and Dave Holland to join forces again after first working together 20 years ago on the recording of the popular and critically-acclaimed record Thimar. UK pianist Django Bates also makes a fantastic contribution to the album by overcoming the challenges of Brahem's compositions with flair. As for Anouar, he puts some of his most inspired work into this album. Blue Maqams was one of the stand-out events of autumn 2017 and the tour promises to be just as magical.

Line-up: Anouar Brahem (oud), Dave Holland (b), Django Bates (p), Nasheet Waits (dms)

March 26th - Brad Mehldau with the LNO

Auditorium de Lyon


Brad Mehldau has put the finishing touches to the invisible bridge he's built between jazz and classical music by performing solo improv and his first concerto for piano and orchestra with the Lyon National Orchestra. The stylish, lyrical and incredibly popular US jazzman and pianist has a talent for unearthing melodic roots in his improvisations. His fingers take Cole Porter, the Beatles and Radiohead to new heights. As an unrivalled chamber music expert, he's a dream partner for his trio members along with musicians such as saxophonist Joshua Redman, mandolinist Chris Thile and singers Renée Fleming or Anne Sofie von Otter. Another example of his taste for classical music: in 2018 he devoted a new album to Bach as he finished writing his concerto. This new piece follows a first concerto composition for piano and orchestra in the form of a theme and variations: Variations on a Melancholy Theme (2013). This solo and orchestral diptych is a unique chance to see an all-round artist: instrumentalist, improviser and composer.

Co-produced with the Auditorium - Lyon National Orchestra

Ticket series 1: 48 €
Ticket series 2: 34 €
Ticket series 3: 16 €

March 28th - Anne Paceo

Salle du Manège, Vienne


Anne Paceo presents her 5th album, Fables of Shwedagon, following the encounter between the traditional Hein Tint orchestra and her quintet in Myanmar. The double Victoires du jazz winner and drummer is out for adventure. Fables of Shwedagon sees her showcase a style on the border between jazz and traditional Burmese music blending her pieces and Hein Tint's work with a repertoire written especially for this mixed one-of-a-kind orchestra. The musicians break down barriers between genres in a bold and unifying project. 

"Rarely have two cultures, two musical backgrounds worked so well together. This music has absolutely nothing artificial or calculated about it, it has a rare spirituality about it in that it beautifully embodies the idea of playing together. Its rhythmic and melodic wealth simply pours out of it." Fred Goaty, Jazzmag

Fables of Shwedagon was sponsored by the Ministry for Culture and Communication's grant for writing a musical piece and supported by Sacem's cultural project. A creation produced by Coutances Theatre. Anne Paceo is sponsored by the BNP Paribas foundation. 

Line-up: Hein Tint (hsaing waing), Htun Oo (hne), Kyaw Soe (Maung zaing), Kyie Myint (chauk lone pat), Ye Minh Thu (si wa), Christophe Panzani (sax), Pierre Perchaud (g), Gauthier Toux (p), Joan Eche-Puig (cb), Anne Paceo (dms).

Co-produced with the Les Détours de Babel Festival

Standard ticket 20€ / Discounted ticket 15€ / Soon available to buy at

April 30th - International Jazz Day


Concerts, jam-sessions, screenings, Jazz Day is 24 hours of jazz in and around Lyon. The legendary Herbie Hancock and UNESCO founded International Jazz Day in 2011. Since then April 30th has been the day for jazz lovers to get together and celebrate the musical melting pot all over the world: these values are what make jazz what it is. For the seventh year running, Jazz à Vienne is coordinating the 2019 event in the area with the support of the city council. Jazz is in full swing around the clock on April 30th. From dawn 'til dusk.

In partnership with UNESCO and the City Council