Yes, you have been dreaming ! Just for a moment ! Tom Waits will not be the huge headline for this season of the Europajazz, but persistent rumours about a 2018 world tour might allow us to realise this dream ! Unattainable so far since this music legend performs every ten years in France and only in Paris (the last one was in 2008 !). While waiting for that divine surprise, this season will be as Tom Waits would probably like it to be : Swing and Bluesy with a hint of “vintage” ! Sexy-swing opening with the eagerly expected return of THE PUPPINI SISTERS, strongly Soul and Blues with the seventh edition of the SOBLUES which will not lack high-ranking guests (GREG ZLAP, CARL WEATHERSBY, RICO McFARLAND, ERIC SEVA, HARRISON KENNEDY, MANU GALVIN…) or young regional revelations (N’DEYE MBOUP, STAND THE WEATHER, SANDRA CAROLL…). It will also propose two nice parties co-produced with Les Quinconces to discover the piano jazz revelation everybody is talking about, SHAHIN NOVRASLI, and the brassy and Cuban-like spiced creation of the new French trombone star FIDEL FOURNEYRON, notably featuring the PELIGROSO trio. A season offering a wealth of “pedagogical and cultural actions” as well with the “secondary school” artist-in-residence program of the “Jazz Migration” band NOX.3 & LINDA OLÁH, and the project on innovative instrumental craftsmanship with the ITEMM at the E.S.B.A of Le Mans ! Have a nice season !