Lucien Ginsburg (1928-1991) started as a rebellious jazz musician and  crooner in Paris nightclubs, evolving into the widely known performer and provocateur Serge Gainsbourg. His songs, permeated with humour, sex, subversion and wordplay, have made him one of the most influential performers in the world. Brussels Jazz Orchestra will present a tribute to this icon of French music, together with the French singer Camille Bertault.

In 2020 her third disc, ‘Le Tigre’, was released by Sony, this one inspired by musical immortals like Johann Sebastian Bach and Bill Evans. Bertault moves impressively and sensually over the musical playing field, between jazz, chanson and humour, making her the dream soloist to interpret Gainsbourg’s work with vocal virtuosity and enticing subtlety.

After the world was introduced to Bertault’s enchanting jazz talent in 2015 when she scatted along to John Coltrane’s ‘Giant Steps’ in a Facebook video, the albums ‘En vie’ (2016) and ‘Pas de Géant’ (2018) quickly followed. In between recordings she toured through Europe, the United States, Canada, Asia and Brazil.

For this production, 12 of Gainsbourg’s songs were arranged by BJO musicians or friends of theirs, including the classic ‘Je suis venu te dire que je m’en vais’.

‘Gainsbourg’ is a remarkable approach to the oeuvre of a versatile artist, impossible to categorize but always fresh and passionate.


Camille Bertault

After finishing the jazz programme at the Paris conservatoire, Camille Bertault (b. 1986) released her first recording  ‘En Vie’ in 2016 with the New York label Sunnyside Records. The mix of her own songs and interpretations (including Wayne Shorter’s ‘Infant Eyes’) was praised by the international jazz press, and her second album ‘Pas de Géant’ on Sony Masterworks was also enthusiastically received. Bertault is establishing a reputation as a rising star in jazz. Her third album, ‘Le Tigre’, was released in 2020.

Camille Bertault & Brussels Jazz Orchestra