By Jean-Marc Gelin
The 7th edition of the Victoires du jazz, one of the most prestigious awards ceremonies on the French jazz scene, took place on the 1st of September at the Cite de la Musique in Paris, in the presence of Feredric Mitterand, the Minister for Culture.
The Victoires du Jazz are awarded by a body comprising around 200 voters including directors of festivals, agents, producers, journalists, teachers and musicians. This year, there was a new award, the Audience Award--Prix du public, which aims to raise the public's awareness of the event and involve them directly. From the 8 July--9 August, the public could cast their vote on the Victoires du Jazz site in order to choose their favourite artist amongst the 2009 nominees.
The prizes for the 7th edition, in 2009, were awarded to:
French Artist/Instrumental Group: Marc Ducret. The guitarist made a huge impression with his new album Le sens de la marche.
French Instrumental Newcomer (Prix Frank Tenot): Emile Parisien QUARTET for his album Original Pimpant. This young soprano saxophonist who comes straight out of the Marciac school of jazz never fails to surprise and has established himself over the last few years as one of the most talented sopranos in France. A well-deserved accolade for his group, but also for the little Limoges label, Laborie Jazz, which earned recognition last year with Yaron Herman.
Instrumental Album: Around Robert Wyatt - ORCHESTRE NATIONAL DE JAZZ. The new national jazz orchestra group led by Daniel Ynivec really took shape this year with three projects: Robert Wyatt (based on arrangements by Vincent Artaud), Billie Holiday and Carmen which were all performed in front of a live audience this year. The award-winning album: Around Robert Wyatt was released on Beejazz and features a number of singers, including Robert Wyatt himself.
Vocal artist produced in France: BERNARD LUBAT, still buzzing at the ceremony, thanks in part to his continuing success, as last year it was his long-standing collaborator the singer Andre Minvielle that was awarded the prize.
Audience Award: the trumpeter PATRICK ARTERO for his third album Vaudoo released on the Plus Loin Music label and inspired by the music of New Orleans and the Bayou.
It was a wonderful evening in the course of which the drummer Aldo Romano was awarded a lifetime achievement award for his glittering career.