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Jazz à la Villette 2012

Archie Shepp's "Attica Blues," Live at Jazz à La Villette Jazz à la Villette 2012


A year after the 1971 Attica Prison Uprising—a watershed moment in the prisoners' rights movement and American culture more generally—free jazz visionary Archie Shepp published "Attica Blues," an ambitious oratorio Rolling Stone magazine described as "a politico/religious experience, an appeal to higher human consciousness to, for God's sake, help us out of this torment." Forty years later, the work's deep humanity and ambitious scale took pride of place at the 2012 Jazz à la Villette Festival, with Shepp at the helm of the Attica Blues Big Band. 


  • Archie Shepp | Singer, Bandleader , Saxophonist
  • Attica Blues Big Band
  • Jean-Claude André | Music director


  • Calvin Massey, Quiet Dawn
  • Duke Ellington, Come Sunday
  • Archie Shepp, Blues for Brother George Jackson
  • Archie Shepp, Steam
  • Amina Claudine Myers, Arms
  • Archie Shepp, The Stars Are in Your Eyes
  • Calvin Massey, The Cry of my People
  • Archie Shepp, Mama Too Tight
  • Archie Shepp, Ballad for a Child
  • Calvin Massey, Goodbye Sweet Pops
  • Archie Shepp, U-Jaama
  • Archie Shepp, Déjà vu
  • Archie Shepp, Attica Blues


  • Directed by:
    • Frank Cassenti
  • Venue: Grande Halle de la Villette (Paris, France)
  • Production date: 2012
  • Production: © Archieball - Oléo Films
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