Heidelberg and Montpellier have been partner cities since 1961. So it is no surprise that the Montpellier House and Enjoy Jazz collaborate every now and again. This time, the trio JAP will be guests at the Europäischer Hof. The trio’s name originates from the musician’s initials: saxophonist and composer François Jeanneau, drummer Joël Allouche and pianist and organist Rémi Ploton. Three generations of French musicians: Jeanneau, born 1935, started as a flutist, has played in his own trios and quartets since the 60s; he became director of the Orchestre National de Jazz in 1986. Allouche, born 1960, is from Algeria. He has lived in Montpellier for many years, and has played with Urs Leimgruber, Enrico Rava, Michel Portal, Kenny Wheeler, John Surman, Barre Phillips, John Taylor, Paul Bley and Dino Saluzzi, amongst others. Ploton, the youngest of the three, has lived in Montpellier for a long time – he is one of the most gifted pianists of his generation. Three years ago, he performed at the Montpellier House together with Allouche and guitarist Gérard Pansanel. When asked about what makes this trio special, Jeanneau replied: Freedom, interaction, surprise, unexpectedness, adrenalin, adventure and transporting their joy.
The concert is seated.