RéZZo FOCAL Jazz à Vienne


National Jazz Contest

For the 13th contest of its kind, Jazz à Vienne is delving deeper into France’s up-and-coming jazz scene to support and showcase the new generation.

Jazz à Vienne launched RéZZo FOCAL Jazz à Vienne as part of its drive to put the spotlight on new jazz talents. The national contest is a real opportunity for shortlisted groups to perform in professional stage conditions in front of a large and keen audience. RéZZo FOCAL Jazz à Vienne enables the winner to record an album with a renowned label (Naim Records) and get marketing, artistic and promotional support for a year. French jazz figures and our partners (clubs, festivals, associations etc.) take part in bringing the area’s new jazz scene to the fore. FOCAL, premium speaker manufacturer, gives the winning group recording time in the studio. Max Pinto 4tet, Jérémy Ternoy trio, Paradox, Oxyd, Céline Bonacina trio, Sidony Box, Trio Enchant(i)er, Impérial Quartet, Water Babies, Uptake, nOx.3 and Amaury Faye trio have won since 2004.


  1. Hard Swing Mango: Nouvelle-Aquitaine Cristal Production
  2. Endless: Occitanie / Pyrénées-Méditerranée Jazz in Marciac
  3. Joran Cariou Trio: Île-de-France Jazz Magazine
  4. Julien Marga Quartet: Île-de-France Sunset - Sunside
  5. Tie-Break: PACA Marseille Jazz des Cinq Continents
  6. Daïda: Normandie Jazz sous les pommiers
  7. Six-Ring Circus: Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Jazz(s)RA
  8. Gauthier Toux Trio: Centre-Val-de-Loire Ô Jazz !
  9. Agata: Bretagne Jazz en Ville



Jazz à Vienne and its partners provide support to help the group go pro. Prizes for the winning group include:

  1.  A year’s worth of artistic support (starting when they win)
  2.  Recording an album (recording, mixing and mastering)
  3. Signing an album to a famous label
  4. An album launch concert at a Paris club
  5. Performances at several venues and festivals* (festival Mantes Lalala, Nancy Jazz Pulsations, Le festival Tropisme, A Vaulx Jazz, Chorus Jazz Club, Cosmo Jazz Festival...) and the Roman Theatre at the 2018 Jazz à Vienne
  6. Awarding the group “2017 RéZZo FOCAL Jazz à Vienne Winner”.


* To be confirmed


  1. Laurent Courthaliac (president of the jury): Musician (France)
  2. Ashley Kahn: Journalist, lecturer and author (USA)
  3. Gérard Chrétien: Former Focal Ambassador (France)



  1. Grand-Est: Nancy Jazz Pulsations
  2. Nouvelle-Aquitaine: Cristal Production
  3. Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes: Jazz(s)RA
  4. Burgundy Franche-Comté: Crescent Jazz Club
  5. Brittany: Jazz à Vannes
  6. Centre – Loire Valley: Orléans Jazz
  7. Corsica: Jazz in Aiacciu
  8. Île-de-France: Jazz Magazine & le Sunset- Sunside
  9. Occitanie / Pyrénées-Méditerranée: Jazz in Marciac
  10. Haut-de-France: Jazz en Nord
  11. Normandy: Jazz sous les pommiers
  12. Loire Region: Les Rendez-vous de l’Erdre
  13. PACA: Marseille Jazz des Cinq Continents

Supported by Focal, Naim Records and Sacem