Jazz starts early this May with Finland in Paris – Finnish jazz performers set the stage for Place Saint Sulpice’s breezy tones. Throughout the warm weather months, Place St. Sulpice is often the venue for various events ranging from cultural exchanges to book and antique shows.
Photo by Chris Card Fuller 2008
Among the myriad of events featured in this year’s 8th Jazz Festival at St. Germain-des-Pres, Saturday, May 10th programming includes a “Jazz Ball” for parents and kids. The ‘Petit Bal Swing dance and musicale kermesse starts at 6 pm to 7:30 pm at the Hotel de la Monnaie (Quai Conti 6eme)
The fun kicks off earlier at 3 pm with a 1950s bus serenaded by Metro musicians, Mademoiselle de Bucarest and Rene Miller blues artist – the tickets are free for this bus ride if you pick them up at the information center at 2 pm. You can also pick up a flyer with the Day by Day events for this weekend and the rest of the festival through to May 23rd.
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Many of the jazz events will take place around Place Sulpice, St. Germain-des Pres Church, the Luxembourg garden bandstand as well as private clubs, libraries etc in the neighborhood.
If you’re in the area be sure to stop off at the Saint Germain-des-Pres Jazz Festival headquarters:
Centre d”information du Festival
4, Place Saint Germain-des-Pres
Metro: St. Germain-des-Pres
This year’s festival (2008) began last Tuesday and will continue through till May 23rd.
The information center hours are Monday through Friday 12 noon to 3 pm and 4 pm to 7 ppm
Saturday from 2 pm to 6 pm.
You can buy tickets for events on location 2 hours before the concerts start.