Jazz in Marciac (32 Gers, Occitanie) between Auch and Pau, would usually be one of those small southern French towns you’d pass through without too much thought, except in the first 2 weeks of August every year when it goes Jazz Crazy with its Festival of Jazz in Marciac (or JIM as it is known to the fans!) 27 July – 15 August 2018
A musician friend of mine plans much of his summer around being there every year, as this was a festival started by Wynton Marsalis which has some top name jazz artistes appearing. Are you tempted by “Chano Dominguez’s flamenco piano” or the “Andalusian-Caribbean duende of Tomatito and Michel Camilo”? Then there is Wynton Marsalis and Jamie Cullen to name but a few.
It sems such a contradiction – a very provincial, rather staid french town being invaded by all kinds of “foreign” music from traditions from all over the world – it sounds magical and I keep promising we shall go one year. Plus there are some free concerts on the last weekend
for more info on Jazz in Marciac see www.jazzinmarciac.com
Marciac is also in the centre of the Cotes de Gascogne wine region – fresh fruity gluggable dry whites and rosé, and some soft reds with backbone – top producers include the huge Plaimont Co-operative who produce consistently good wines.
Stay at a B&B in the heart of the town at B&B La Baguenaude which has an outdoor swimming pool!