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For 19 years, the BNP Paribas Foundation has been committed to supporting Jazz

  • 14.03.2014
Since 1995, in line with its rationale of listening and providing support, the BNP Paribas Foundation has introduced and showcased young jazz musicians, arranged meetings between established artists and supported jazz festivals around the world.

The Foundation supports musicians and helps them develop their projects by assisting them in recording, promoting and distributing their work. It also seeks to expand their audiences by facilitating exchanges with BNP Paribas networks both in France and abroad.

The history between the Foundation and jazz began with the musicians Manuel Rocheman and Jacques Vidal. The Foundation then extended its efforts by providing its support to the Moutin Réunion Quartet, the Paris Jazz Big Band, and to ensembles led by Murat Oztürk, Sylvain Beuf, Christophe Wallemme, Simon Goubert, Sophia Domancich, Jean-Pierre Como, Elisabeth Kontomanou, Tigran Hamasyan, Laurent Cugny, Stéphane Guillaume, Emmanuel Bex, Régis Huby, Baptiste Trotignon, Stéphane Huchard, Antoine Hervé, Ablaye Cissoko, Thomas Enhco and Louis Winsberg.

Sixun, concert given during the 1st Téléthon du Jazz (c) Jérémie Charbaut.

In Australia and Morocco, the bank has supported the careers of jazzmen Daniel Weltlinger and Karim Kadiri. In addition to its association since 2006 with the Martial Solal International Jazz Piano Competition , the BNP Paribas Foundation is also involved with international festivals including the North Sea Jazz, Saint-Louis Jazz, TanJazz, Jazzablanca et L'Emoi du Jazz festivals, in collaboration with BNP Paribas and its subsidiaries in the Netherlands, Senegal, Morocco and Côte d'Ivoire.

In France, BNP Paribas - Banque de Bretagne's support for the Jazz à l'Etage Festival in Rennes is particularly noteworthy. The BNP Paribas Foundation is also delighted to continue sponsoring the Saint-Germain-des-Prés Jazz Festival , a benchmark event that will be held in Paris from 15 to 25 May 2014.