Museum Night 2016. Jazz it up!

Saturday, 21 May 2016

To celebrate Museum Night 2016, the Musée de l’Orangerie is inviting the public to enjoy an evening of jazz in conjunction with the exhibition Apollinaire, the vision of the Poet.

The great melodies from the origins of jazz as well as a nod to the rhythmic dances (Charleston, Cake walk, Shimmy, Ragtime, etc.) of the 1900-1910's will recreate the festive and often eccentric atmosphere of the Parisian cabarets at the turn of the century, like the Bal Bullier, that were frequented by numerous artists and Parisian night owls.

Jazz emerged at the end of the 19th century, at a time when triumphant Impressionism was gradually giving way to new aesthetic developments of Symbolism, Divisionism, the Nabis and the Fauves. Although it particularly thrived after 1914, jazz resonated with these major artistic movements: freed from classic rules, it both bewildered and seduced, paying little to academism and offering bold orchestrations reminiscent of the shimmering colours of painting. Simple, direct, and based on improvisation, it was the art of the moment, of fusion and blending. Heir to an ancient tradition stretching back to the blues, jazz was also an expression of a modernity that constantly reinvented itself.


On the programme
James P. Johnson, Charleston
Ballard MacDonald, James F. Hanley, Indiana
Clarence Williams, Spencer Williams, Royal garden blues
Cliff Burwell, Mitchell Parish, Sweet Lorraine
Gene Lockart, Ernest Seitz, The world is waiting for the sunrise
Clarence Williams, Armand Piron, I wish I could shimmy like my sister Kate
Clarence Williams, Cake walking babies
John and Reb Spikes, Someday sweetheart
Ray Gilbert, Lew Pollack, That’s a plenty

Julien Alour, trumpet
Tony Paeleman, piano
Julien Pontvianne, tenor saxophone
Simon Tailleu, double bass
Programme devised by Marianne Vourch

Free access to all of the collections and the exhibition Apollinaire, the vision of the Poet.
Café open from 6.30pm to 11.30pm
Bookshop-Giftshop open from 6.30pm to 11.45pm