Marie Gicquel / Photo credit: SADAKA EDMOND/SIPA 12:02 p.m., October 07, 2023

The Nancy Jazz Pulsations celebrates its 50th anniversary with great fanfare this Saturday. 150 shows are organised, for 36 hours of non-stop concerts. And among the great artists expected, Thomas Dutronc, Marcus Miller, Sun Ra Arkestra and Asaf Avidan.

The Nancy Jazz Pulsations, or the NJP for short, a famous Jazz festival, celebrates its 50th anniversary with great pomp this Saturday in Nancy. 150 shows and 36 hours of non-stop concerts to celebrate this anniversary, and headliners, during these 15 days, to celebrate 50 years of mythical concerts. Big names like Ray Charles, Miles Davis, Nina Simone and even Daft Punk will be celebrated. In other words, an anniversary that is first and foremost celebrated to the sound of brass bands.

An eclectic program

Several orchestras will be deployed in the city, including a Brazilian techno brass band for 36 hours of celebration, before welcoming the legends of the festival, selected by Thibaud Rolland, the director of the Nancy Jazz Pulsations. "We have some big stars coming back this year to celebrate their 50th anniversary. Sun Ra Arkestra who was there the first year, Marcus Miller, Erik Truffaz, Asaf Avidan...", he explains.

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From Thomas Dutronc to Polish pianist Hania Rani, the NJP relies on eclecticism, true to its DNA. "We are indeed leaning on this jazz that can be danced, that can be seen standing up, that is experienced as a rap or electro concert to also win over new audiences," says Thibaud Rolland.

Nearly 100,000 visitors are expected. Festival-goers will be able to toast with a beer specially brewed for the occasion.