"Elle a remplacé Tina sur la revue d'Ike Turner"
The most descriptive Rhythm'n'Blues pages are written here in Paris, more precisely, on the "Ile de la Jatte" (Jatte Island) at Neuilly-sur-Seine which enchanted and inspired the Impressionist artists Monet, Renoir and Seurat.
The Maxwell Café,
once known as the Quai du Blues, has become in four (5) years, the Blues,
Gospel, Soul and Rhythm'n'Blues haven. This scorching music makes each
concert an unforgettable lively evening. It's
Savour the chef's fresh homemade and succulent meals in an authentic, comfortable replica of the Bronxs' Cotton Club. During dinner, Maxwell Café projects on huge screen authentic footage's of Afro American live concerts and documentaries. These eye-catching and artistical shows merit in and of itself your presence even for a glass or two... because one embarks for the Maxwell Café to marvel at the artists, stimulate the palate and finely tune the ears.
After a delicious coffee, it's time to pass to boisterous pulsations of this fabulous music that one calls Blues, Gospel or Rhythm'n' Blues. From Thursday to Saturday. Gérard Vacher offers you a silver tray composed of 2 or 3 artists from across the Atlantic of which the renowned rhythms will plunge you, without delay, into the legendary moments. Why ? Because they are well the living legends that Maxwell Café offers you such as: the Blind Boys of Alabama, the gospel singers; Big Joe Duskin, the boogie-woogie man; Screamin'Jay Hawkins and Ike Turner, the protorockers; Eddie Kirkland, the lead guitar player for John Lee Hooker - Otis Redding; Syl Johnson and Curtis Knight, the soul singers or Koko Taylor, the queen of Chicago blues whom you can appreciate better here at Maxwell Café, seated in front row seats, rather than in a festival seated faraway. There are also rising stars, the glories of the future, whom you will be proud to discover before anyone at Maxwell's.
reading these lines, Gérard Vacher, also the producer of Liz
Mc Comb, will surely be in some lost part in the good old US-of-A in
the process of discovering for you the unknown musicians like the following
ones recently discovered. And who are today, "the Stars gleaming in
the Maxwell Galaxy"
Taka Boom, Martha High, Alvon Johnson, Deacon Jones, Shirley King (BB King's daughter), Alice Hoskins, Charlie Love, Johnny Mars, Holly Maxwell (not related) or Ruby Wilson.
If these names mean nothing to you right now, it's time to raise the anchor, hoist the large gibber and sail to Ile de la Jatte at Neuilly-sur-Seine upstream the Mississippi River from New Orleans to Memphis, Texas, Chicago or Minneapolis.
"La fille de B.B. King, Roi du Blues"