Parvis des Arts (angle des rues Bourdarias et Franceschi) 94140 ALFORTVILLE
RER D, Maisons-Alfort/Alfortville (5-minute walk)
Metro line 8, stop École Vétérinaire + bus lines 103 or 217 stop Mairie Alfortville.
By car: At Porte de Bercy, follow Nancy Metz then take the A4. Porte de Charenton exit
FREE CAR PARK (82, rue Marcel Bourdarias)
JOHN MEDESKI SOLO
Here comes John. Without Billy or Chris. Medeski by himself, outside the explosive established trinity in which he performs alongside Martin & Wood. Here’s John Medeski, then — playing solo, indeed; still, there’s a piano. Whether he’s behind his Steinway piano or his Hammond organ, Medeski can tackle vintage funk and pre-jazz, post-rock and after-beat. A precocious devil yet a late bloomer when it came to solo performing, John Medeski released his first solo record, A Different Time (Okeh Records) in 2013. You may have seen him as a teenager next to Jaco Pastorius. You must have heard him as a grown-up within many a landmark contemporary jazz formation, as he ruffled the feathers of harmonic progressions with Marc Ribot, pushed his own repertoire beyond its limits with John Scofield, the Alabama Blind Boys and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, or rubbed shoulders with rock musicians Don Was and Sean Lennon. And this list is by no means complete.
JAIMIE BRANCH "Fly or Die II"ALBUM RELEASE
Some bikers just charge pretty face first into the wind, the back of their jacket emblazoned in a gold Ride or Die you can read from afar as they speed away. Jaimie Branch, a cutting-edge free jazz trumpet-player who was born in Chicago but settled in NYC, a hip-hop-like underground icon, has replaced Ride by “Fly” on the motto she inherited from her father. Riding is obviously at the heart of Fly Or Die — the second part was released in October 2019 (International Anthem). Nothing bad about this trip, though; it’s quite compelling. Wings spread out on both sides of her valves, Super Jaimie and her stridency galvanize quite a rebellious form of free jazz. Astoundingly impatient and precise, even when she passionately sings: “It’s a love song / For assholes and clowns” Now’s the time to choose sides.
Album “Bird Dogs of Paradise” October 11, 2019 (International Anthem)