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Jazz in Paris

There are 3 major Jazz Festivals in Paris every year:

  • Jazz à Saint-Germain-des-Pré (Spring)
  • Paris Jazz Festival (Summer)
  • Jazz à la Villette (Autumn)

The Jazz à Saint-Germain-des-Prés festival takes place in Paris 16 – 27 May 2019.

Created in 2001 and located in the famous Saint-Germain-des-Prés area, heart of jazz in Europe, the Festival Jazz à Saint-Germain-des-Prés Paris is one of the great jazz event in Paris during Spring every year:

logoExceptional concerts, unique meetings, creations, talented young artists ;

International artists. In festival since 2001 : Lisa Simone, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Brad Meldhau, first concert of Norah Jones in France, Manu Katché, Manu Dibango, Michel Legrand, Michel Portal, Kyle Eastwood, Vijay Iyer, Paolo Fresu, Kenny Barron, Kurt Elling, Lucky Peterson, Richard Galliano, Ben l’Oncle Soul, Raphael Gualazzi, Eric Bibb… ;

Unique locations : Saint-Germain-des-Prés church, Odéon Theater, Maison des Océans, Paris-Sorbonne University, Paris Descartes University, the Sénat, Réfectoire des Cordeliers, Hôtel Lutetia, Irish Cultural Center…

Jazz like a multi-artistic culture : concerts, exhibitions, Jazz & Chats, conferences, master class, Jazz & Champagne…

more info on Jazz à Saint-Germain-des-Prés

Then in June…..

The Paris Jazz Festival takes place in the Parc Floral de Paris (Jardin botanique)in the  Bois de Vincennes  30 June – 22 July 2019

posterFounded by two jazz fans founded 1994, the Paris Jazz Festival (formerly “A fleurs de Jazz”) artfully blends jazz melodies and the harmony of nature. Since its debut, the festival has been supported by the Parc Floral in Paris which lends its blossoming, verdant backdrop to jazz -lovers.

With over 120,000 spectators last year, this jazz festival has clearly established itself as one of the great events in the genre in Paris and across the Ile-de-France region. With a daring and eclectic line-up each year, the festival is a symbol of the vitality of the French and Parisian jazz scene. However the festival also invites major international jazz players and singers to perform on stage at the Espace Delta where music and nature come together as one.

more info on Paris Jazz Festival

Then in Autumn…..

Paris starts to return to normal in September after the annual exodus of the residents to the south of France or other vacances destinations – mainly in France rather than into foreign climes. And the volume of tourists declines a bit, although I have always thought that May/June and September/October are the best times to enjoy Paris.

posterThe autumn gets off to a good start with the Jazz Festival Jazz à la Villette 29 August – 10 September 2019, which takes place in numerous venues around the Parc de la Villette (19e arondissement) in the north of the city, but within the Péripherique. Amongst the spectacles last year was a tribute to Nina Simone – “autour de Nina”. The programme includes both established acts and upcoming artists covering many aspects and trends in Jazz.

For more info on Jazz la Villette  see www.jazzalavillette.com/

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