Artists on the move

A wonderful tradition at North Sea Jazz: extraordinary acts who perform while roaming the festival and surprise visitors at the entrance and exit.

Friday 8 July

Although a French brass band, NOLA French Connection was actually formed in New Orleans in 2017 by eight Parisian musicians. After they made a first appearance on Dan Meyer’s show on WWOZ, the legendary New Orleans radio station, they were rearing to go with their blend of funk, hip hop and jazz - and the world was waiting. Back in France, the band performed a series of concerts, including an opening gig for Hot 8 Brass Band. After they released a first album of original songs in 2017, they took off on a festival tour across French territory. Their EP Free Life was released in April of this year. 

Saturday 9 July

Brass band KiffKiff can easily be described as ‘a funky walk in the heart of present-day New Orleans.’ Warmth, groove, spirit: it’s all there. The band is a collection of French musicians with varied musical influences, such as jazz, swing, funk, and soul. KiffKiff dives into the music and spirit of New Orleans through their sharp compositions and covers. In the street as a quintet, and equipped with a sound tricycle to get around, but also on stage as a quartet, the band from Tours undoubtedly knows how to resonate its jazz wherever the public expects it.

Sunday 10 July

Dismissed from the army band regiment for repeated offense to the musical repertoire, this mobile brigade did however keep their uniforms, their group spirit and their unruliness. La Fanfare Saugrenue offer an original gig with multiple influences, among which groove, rock, techno and punk, embellished by unexpected pop-rock covers by Queens of the Stone Age, Led Zeppelin, and Queen. Ever since 2021, this brass band has been touring France and the world (South-Korea, Germany, Spain, Romania, Luxemburg) with over 250 concerts to its name.