The general assembly of Jazz/Conilhac in the land of Aude unanimously welcomed the return of the festival and the musical encounters.
For two years the operation of the association was disrupted : cancellation of jazz cellars, 2020 festival postponed. Despite these setbacks, the fierce determination of the volunteers to continue the musical adventure has been rewarded. In 2021, despite the restrictive measures, the return of the festival was effective. “ Year after year, the festival was able to pass through a very narrow corridor which, moreover, closed as soon as it closed. The public responded present and was delighted to be able to take the road to Conilhac “, welcomed the president René Grauby during his moral report. An assiduous public who, at the end of these dark hours, showed their attachment to the festival. A very eclectic festival, a 34th edition which was able to demonstrate all the facets of this music, from international star Kyle Eastwood to the sublime Lady Scott ; the no less prodigious Laurent Coulondre, the quintet Michel Legrand, or the formidable evening of the Nola Big Band, all the ingredients were there to satisfy the most discerning. During the first parts, the festival made a large place with the regional formations, but also during the cellars and the Sundays of the jazz. The Mojo group revelation of this edition around the work of Dr Johns, the tribute to Chet Baker by Léo & Co and the unmissable Jacques Adamo, l’Affaire à Swing ; the Rémi Panossian trio and the group Louisiana Hot Trio. “ We are particularly proud to program such artists, to introduce them “. The festival in Conilhac is also the promotion of Jazz to schools : Thierry Ollé and David Cayrou’s Louisiana performed in St-André, Ribaute and Lagrasse, l’Affaire à swing in Conilhac. “ In short, a very successful festival. It is the work of very involved volunteers who highlight our village and hoist it among the strongholds of departmental and regional culture. “, declared President Grauby and to salute his team, in particular the many women for their investment at his side. It was up to Robert Poumès to develop the activity report which, in addition to the evening concerts, made a large part of photos by Jean-Michel Chessari and Jacques Montereau ; a Cine-club session with the film Bird de Clint Eastwood ; an educational concert, “ the history of the trumpet through jazz “ ; a painting exhibition at the Maison du Ruisseau. A musical ride with the swing case. In all its forms, jazz culture is well established in Conilhac.