The Jazz Festival of Couches

Music and treasures of the territory

04/07/2018 - 07/07/2018

The village of Couches celebrates the beginning of summer with a jazz melody festival. The event is famous for being warm and welcoming, and is an opportunity to explore the region and its heritage. It attracts well-known artists and an ever- growing audience.

Big names in jazz and some great discoveries

In 1986, a small group of musicians and enthusiasts set themselves a challenge; to create a jazz festival in a rural setting in Burgundy. More specifically in Couches, a small village with a population of around 1500. Over twenty-five years later the adventure goes, every first week of July (Wednesday to Sunday), with a programme that is challenging and high quality!

Today, the Jazz Festival of Couches welcomes major French, European and world jazz personalities. For example in 2011: The famous drummer André Ceccarelli and the famous Israeli bass player Avishai Cohen. The stage is also open to musicians from the Chalon area and to the conservatory students.

The artists give several concerts, as well as master classes and new pieces. Duos, trios and even a big band (an orchestra!). All influences mesh together: jazz, oriental and rhythm and blues.

A whole region opens up…

The festival also gives pride of place to the assets of the Burgundy region. Its gastronomy, with numerous tasting sessions of regional produce, and its touristic and historical wealth.

The concerts are actually held at two iconic sites:

  • the Saint-Martin priory for the free concerts and the daytime concerts ;

  • under a canopy opposite the Chateau de Marguerite de Bourgogne for the evening concerts.

As far as atmosphere is concerned, the village and the festival’s warm welcome have become truly legendary. Every year, the event attracts an ever-growing local audience, as well as many visitors looking for an enchanting time.

Jazz à Couches
Place de la République - Château de Couches - Zone de Loisirs - 71490 - COUCHES -
04/07/2018 - 07/07/2018
03 85 49 66 29

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