Paris’s love affair with jazz may have something to do with its liberation at the end of World War II. After four years of desolation and constraint, the strains of jazz arrived with waving flags, dancing in the streets.
Nowadays, you can find jazz clubs that reflect all sorts of taste, from Dixieland to fusion, from blues to world music. There are dozens of jazz clubs where you can while away a ‘smoke-free’ evening. Many of these clubs
are listed in the weekly entertainment guide Le Pariscope which you can pick up at any newsstand.
Before you choose your spot to camp out, be aware that Paris also has plenty of Jazz Festivals throughout the year. You can find out in advance about some of these events at www.evene.fr, but if you really want to know what’s going on around the Paris Jazz scene, you’ll have to stop in to say ‘hello’ to Jacques Thevenet at Jazzbox. Thevenet DJ’s a Saturday night radio show on Aligre FM at 5 pm. His Myspace site will bring you up to date about the Jazz happening jazz events.
If you plan on being in town for a while, you may want to check out www.parisjazzclub.net If you join this association, you’ll receive special admission to jazz events at three major jazz clubs, Duc des Lombards, Le Baiser Salé and Sunset/Sunside. The club organizes monthly thematic outings.
Le Petit Journal Monparnasse
13 Rue du Commandant Mouchotte
Tel. 01 43 21 56 70
Petit Journal Saint-Michel (primarily Dixie Land style jazz)
71, Blvd. Saint Michel
Tel.01 43 26 28 59
Metro: RER B Luxembourg 5eme
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Le Baiser Salé
58 Rue des Lombards
Metro: Chatelet 1ere
The New Morning
7-9 Rue des Petites Ecuries
Metro: Chateau d’Eau 10eme
Le Duc des Lombards
42 Rue des Lombards
19h30 à 3h (5h le week-end).
Closed every other Sunday. Concerts start at 9 pm.
42, rue des Lombards, 75001 Paris
Métro : Les Halles, Chatelet
Réservations : +33 (0)1 42 33 22 88
60 rue des Lombards
Tel. 01 40 26 46 60(Sunset) Tel 01 40 26 21 25 (Sunside)
Metro: Chatelet 1ere
Le Caveau de la Huchette
5 rue de la Huchette, 75005 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 43 26 65 05
Métro : Saint-Michel
Le Quai du blues
Soon to become Le Blue Naute! More news as Parislogue receives it.
44 Rue de la Folie Mericourt
Metro: Oberkamph 11eme
The Satellit Cafe is not only jazz but World Music. This is going to be Paris girl’s first choice for a night out!
Note: Satellit Cafe is featuring Camerounian-born musician Blick Bassy on April 1st 2008. Be there!