André Villeger Quartet
André Villeger tenor sax · Ramona Horvath piano · Nicolas Rageau doublebass · Esteve Pi drums.
The amazing tenor saxophonist André Villenger comes to the Jamboree to offer an extraordinary evening. Born in France in 1945, self-taught and heavily influenced, early on, by Sidney Bechet, Villeger is a bebop-inspired saxophonist who has collaborated with some of the most important names in jazz history: Milt Buckner, Harry ‘Sweets’ Edison, Frank Foster, Lionel Hampton and Benny Carter in the 70s, and Michael Brecker and Wynton Marsalis in the 2000s. He has also played in the big bands of Claude Bolling, Quincy Jones Gunther Schuller and others. As an important figure in jazz, he has received the Sidney Bechet, in 1973, and the Classic Jazz, in 2005, awarded by the Académie du Jazz. And even more: he has been a ‘Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters’ of the French Republic since 2015. Villeger will play with an exceptional trio, with pianist Ramona Horvath – “of impeccable technique and velvety touch”, according to Jazz Magazine— and double bassist Nicolas Rageau, with a remarkable career in Paris and New York. Both offered one of the outstanding concerts of the Mas i Mas Festival’23. All-terrain drummer Esteve Pi completes the line-up.