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Jazz à la Villette 2014

Archie Shepp's "Swinging The Blues," Live at Jazz à La Villette Jazz à la Villette 2014


Multi-instrumentalist, singer, and eminent jazz composer Archie Shepp is best known today as a pioneer of the free jazz movement. A prolific composer, Shepp's long career found inspiration in a variety of places: his experience working as a sideman John Coltrane and Cecil Taylor; his time as a member of the New York Contemporary Five; his studies in dramaturgy; and of course his significant involvement in the Black Arts Movement during the 1960s. Here in his late seventies, his experience and maturity shine as he offers us a swinging evening in shades of blue, performing a selection of his own compositions as well as songs by pianist-singer Amina Claudine Myers and guitarist Joe Louis Walker, who join him onstage at the Jazz à la Villette festival. 



  • Archie Shepp | Saxophonist
  • Olivier Miconi | Trumpeter
  • Pierre Durand | Guitarist
  • Darryl Hall | Bass guitarist
  • Larry Crockett | Drummer
  • Marion Rampal | Soprano
  • Joe Louis Walker | Guitarist
  • Joe Louis Walker | Guitarist
  • Amina Claudine Myers | Pianist


  • Joe Louis Walker, 747
  • Joe Louis Walker, Rebecca
  • Archie Shepp, Nina
  • Joe Louis Walker, Hard Times
  • Archie Shepp, Dedication to Bessie Smith
  • Archie Shepp, Revolution
  • Amina Claudine Myers, Arms
  • Archie Shepp, Blues in Orange
  • Joe Louis Walker, Sugar Mama
  • The Reverse


  • Directed by:
    • Frank Cassenti
  • Venue: Philharmonie de Paris, Philharmonie 2 (former Cité de la musique) (Paris, France)
  • Production date: 2014
  • Recording date: 09/14/2014
  • Production: © Oléo Films
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