Frenchman honored at 2017 Keeping the Blues Alive Awards [fr]
Jacques Morgantini will be honored with the 2017 Keeping the Blues Alive Awards during the 32nd International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN that take place January 31-February 4, 2017.
Each year, The Blues Foundation presents the Keeping the Blues Alive (KBA) Awards to individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the Blues world. In 2017, 16 recipients will be bestowed this prestigious award including Jacques Morgantini, whose contribution to blues music spans a lifetime. Morgantini’s history of introducing Blues to France and Europe began in the late 1940’s, but still continues today as he is the 8th French musician recognized in thirty years by The Blues Foundation. On February 3, Morgantini will be receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award in Memphis, TN.
In addition, two French artists, Cotton Belly’s and Vicious Steel, will perform at this year’s International Blues Challenge. The festival will include over 120 acts coming from different parts of the world, and will include other awards in different categories. The two groups will play January 28th and officially open the event by performing January 31st at their respective venues.
ABOUT JACQUES MORGANTINI
Born in Gan, France, 92-year-old Jacques Morgantini first introduced blues music to France and all of Europe in the late 1940s and 1950s. In 1945 he founded the Hot Club de Pau, through which he organized blues concerts throughout the region. In the ’70s he came with his late wife, Marcelle, to the U.S. with a passion for photographing, filming, and recording black blues musicians in Chicago and delivering this content to Europeans. The recordings he produced in the late ’40s and through the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s include many iconic blues masters.
Morgantini chaired the Hot Club of France for 22 years and started influential record labels like MCM and Black&Blue. He arranged the European tours for the Chicago Blues Festival. In 2017, Jacques Morgantini was presented with the first French Blues Laureate Award,.
For more information:
The Blues Foundation