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Nice Jazz Festival Highlights
Graham Clark, Features Writer
Sir the Baptist
Sir the Baptist made his debut appearance at the Nice Jazz Festival this year: a natural on stage he soon takes command of the audience. He tells us he has met Stevie Wonder and played him his new album. His blend of hip hop meets soul is compelling.

He even gives out his personal mobile number and asks us to call him anytime. His best tracks of his set were 'Heaven' followed by 'Replay'. He asks the audience if they are in the mood for dancing. To encourage them he jumps off stage and dances with them.

One of the best performances of the festival. I hope that he visits the UK soon.

Laura Mvula
British artist Laura Mvula and her 5 piece band played a strong set. They say she is adored by Jamie Cullum and Erkah Badu, but in truth she reminds me musically of Joan Armatrading. With her younger brother in her 5 piece band it was a family affair.

Her stand out tracks were 'Don't Look Back' and 'Luckyman'.

Mary J Blige
Mary J Blige brought some American showmanship to the festival. "I'm here to bring you some joy, Nice" she announces, in light of the atrocities on 14 July in Nice last year.

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She played a strong set which stretched from her debut album right up to her new one released this spring.

One of the best things about going to a festival is discovering an artist you have not heard before.

Discovered by Gregory Porter, Myles Sanko is described as the child of British soul. He was appreciated too by the Nice audience. Dressed in a white suit he was a commanding figure. 'You Are My Sunshine' shone as bright as the Nice sun, whilst 'I Believe in You' made you wonder why this British talent is not more widely known.

Myles Sanko
Myles Sanko was the unexpected surprise of the festival. At the cross roads of soul and R&B he will soon be a name known to many.

Nice Jazz Festival Highlights, 31st July 2017, 10:14 AM