The show continues in Pays de la Loire, with two concerts at the Europajazz festival in Le Mans

This Thursday July 22 at 12:15 am, we take you to the Europajazz festival in Le Mans for two unique concerts. The beat-boxer Sly Johnson accompanied by Nicolas Vella pays homage to Marvin Gaye, then Christophe Monniot and Didier Ithursarry will make us vibrate in a hymn to love.

Sly Johnson & Nicholas Vella
Tribute to Marvin Gaye
50th anniversary of “What’s Going On”

For 20 years, Sly Johnson, author, composer and performer of Saïan Supa Crew, has been traveling the French music scene between soul, hip-hop and beat-box vocals.

He leaves his machines in the studio for a tribute concert to one of the leading voices of the famous Motown label, Marvin Gaye. The singer was killed by his father, a pastor, the day before his 45th birthday.

In 1971, Marvin Gaye released a major record in the history of soul music “What’s Going On”.

Sly Johnson, accompanied by Nicholas Vella’s keyboard, makes the warm music of this album groove, a monument of soul and rhythm and blues. A true message of love delivered by Marvin Gaye, through the story of a veteran of the Vietnam War who returns to the country and who sees only injustice, suffering and hatred.

The abrasive groove of Sly Johnson and Nicholas Vella is rich music at the crossroads of hip-hop, funk and jazz.

Sly Johnson, a regular on the scene, takes the spectators with extreme generosity into his musical universe, an irresistible performance.


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Sly Johnson & Nicholas Vella concert preview Tribute to Marvin Gaye

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© 24 Images and Le Mans Jazz with the participation of Vià LMtv, Mezzo and France Télévisions

Produced by 24 Images and Le Mans Jazz with the participation of Vià LMtv, Mezzo and France Télévisions – France 3 Pays de la Loire and recorded behind closed doors at the Chorus room – Le Mans la visitation. Director Luc Riolon

Christophe Monniot & Didier Ithursarry “Hymns to Love”

Saxophonist Christophe Monniot and accordionist Didier Ithursarry are like earth and fire, two poets of free music.

In November 2018, they enchanted our ears with their album “Hymns to love”. A collection of eight hymns to love and the joy of playing.

Between nostalgia for musette balls, the energy of waltz and paso doble, the delicacy of jazz masters like Duke Ellington, it swings and grooves on all floors.

In February 2021, return with a second album “Hymns to Love – Second Chance”. Same excitement, same pleasure of playing to make us vibrate on popular and traditional music tinged with jazz.

“Without too many questions”, they navigate from the world of Yvette Horner to that of Olivier Messian via Charles Mingus, specifies Christophe Monniot … and “without false modesty or excess of zeal”, adds Didier Ithursarry.

They offer hymns of love dedicated to people who are dear to them.

The two musicians forged their bond within the trio “Station Mir” which they have formed for several years with the violist Guillaume Roy. Within their duo, Christophe Monniot and Didier Ithursarry practice an art that stems from a real dialogue anchored on shared fundamentals.

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They enchant our ears during a concert shot at the Chorus Hall in Le Mans.


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Preview EuropaJazz Chorus 2021 Christophe Monniot – Didier Ithursarry



© 24 Images and Le Mans Jazz with the participation of Vià LMtv, Mezzo and France Télévisions

Produced by 24 Images and Le Mans Jazz with the participation of Vià LMtv, Mezzo and France Télévisions – France 3 Pays de la Loire and recorded behind closed doors at the Chorus room – Le Mans la visitation. Director Luc Riolon

►See on France 3 Pays de la Loire this Thursday July 22 at 12:15 a.m. and in replay on france.tv from July 23

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