Nice Jazz Festival
Nice Jazz Festival 2014
Proclaimed as the “first jazz festival of international significance”, for 8 days straight the Nice Jazz Festival draws in a crowd of over 30,000 people and entertains them with an eclectic mix of jazz, soul, funk, pop and worldly music. In 2014 it hopes to break all previous records for attendance.
With previous lineups including Lionel Hampton, Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald & Miles Davis you’ll be sure to have a good time!
The Nice Jazz Festival is held annually normally during the month of July and brings international acts to the city of Nice, on the French Riviera. In 2007 Frommer’s stated it was “the biggest, flashiest, and most prestigious jazz festival in Europe.”
Held over 2 main venues, The Masséna stage (6,000 audience) & La scène Théâtre de Verdure (2415 occupancy).
Nice Jazz Festival Highlights (mixed years)
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Since its formation in 1948 the Nice Jazz Festival has continued to entertain the public with a well rounded cast of performers from all over the world. In the festivals first year the crowd saw the like of Suzy Delair and Louis Armstrong perform.
From the mid ’90s there was a change of focus in the acts that performed during the festival, from traditional jazz to more worldly music and pop genres. The jazz focus has remained strong and is now regarded as many to be one of the Riviera’s biggest annual events.
From the mid naughties the festivals attendance started to slip and in 2011 the festivals organiser Vivian Sicnasi decided to change the venue from the once popular Cimiez to a more centrealally locatied Place Masséna – from this year onwards it’ll be in Nice’s gorgeous new Promenade du Paillon – the Coulee Verte!
Whilst originally scheduled as a 5-day event the festival has added another few days worth of performances by popular demand and now schedules over 8 days with the Placa Massèna hosting a number of musically themed nights: trance, tempo, energy, breath and vibration.
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The venues for the Nice Jazz Festival are the Masséna stage & La scène Théâtre de Verdure both of which are located at the infamous Place Masséna (Albert 1st park), Nice (map to the right).
The lineup for the 2014 Nice Jazz Festival is shown below.A table showing the dates, times, line-up, programme and performance info for the Nice Jazz Festival 2014.
|Date||Start Time||Performing Artists||Venue|
|Tuesday 08 July 2014||8:00 PM||Patrice||Scne Massena|
|Tuesday 08 July 2014||9:15 PM||Ben L'Oncle Soul & Monophonics||Scne Massena|
|Tuesday 08 July 2014||11:00 PM||Keziah Jones||Scne Massena|
|Tuesday 08 July 2014||7:30 PM||Kris Bowers||Thtre De Verdure|
|Tuesday 08 July 2014||8:45 PM||Cecile Mclorin Salvant||Thtre De Verdure|
|Tuesday 08 July 2014||10:30 PM||Richard Galliano & Le Nice Jazz Orchestra - Direction Pierre Bertrand||Thtre De Verdure|
|Wednesday 09 July 2014||8:00 PM||Electro Deluxe||Scne Massena|
|Wednesday 09 July 2014||9:15 PM||Ibrahim Maalouf illusions||Scne Massena|
|Wednesday 09 July 2014||11:00 PM||Metronomy||Scne Massena|
|Wednesday 09 July 2014||7:30 PM||Vincent Peirani & Emile Parisien||Thtre De Verdure|
|Wednesday 09 July 2014||8:45 PM||Christian Mc Bride Trio||Thtre De Verdure|
|Wednesday 09 July 2014||10:30 PM||Snarky Puppy Family Dinner Featuring N'Dambi, Malika, Shayna Steele And Magda Giannikou||Thtre De Verdure|
|Thursday 10 July 2014||8:00 PM||Nikki Yanofksy||Scne Massena|
|Thursday 10 July 2014||9:15 PM||Har Mar Superstar||Scne Massena|
|Thursday 10 July 2014||11:00 PM||Deep Purple||Scne Massena|
|Thursday 10 July 2014||7:30 PM||Eli Degibri Quartet||Thtre De Verdure|
|Thursday 10 July 2014||8:45 PM||The Kenny Garrett Quintet||Thtre De Verdure|
|Thursday 10 July 2014||10:30 PM||The Daptone Super Soul Revue||Thtre De Verdure|
|Friday 11 July 2014||8:00 PM||Robin Mckelle & The Flytones||Scne Massena|
|Friday 11 July 2014||9:15 PM||Cody Chesnutt||Scne Massena|
|Friday 11 July 2014||11:00 PM||Gipsy Kings||Scne Massena|
|Friday 11 July 2014||7:30 PM||Tony Paeleman Quartet||Thtre De Verdure|
|Friday 11 July 2014||8:45 PM||Butler, Bernstein & The Hot 9||Thtre De Verdure|
|Friday 11 July 2014||10:30 PM||Dr John & The Nite Trippers Feat. Sarah Morrow||Thtre De Verdure|
|Saturday 12 July 2014||8:00 PM||Galactic||Scne Massena|
|Saturday 12 July 2014||9:15 PM||De La Soul Live Band||Scne Massena|
|Saturday 12 July 2014||11:00 PM||Cassius||Scne Massena|
|Saturday 12 July 2014||7:30 PM||The Low Budget Men||Thtre De Verdure|
|Saturday 12 July 2014||8:45 PM||Joshua Redman Quartet Avec Aaron Goldberg, Reuben Rogers Et Gregory Hutchinson||Thtre De Verdure|
|Saturday 12 July 2014||10:30 PM||Ed Motta & Nice Jazz Orchestra Horns||Thtre De Verdure|
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The 2013 Nice Jazz Festival lineup is as follows:
Monday, 8th July:
– Guillaume Perret & Electric Epic feat. Yoann Serra
– Christian Scott
– Earth, Wind & Fire
– Jon Batiste & The Stay Human Band
– Eric Legnini “Sing Twice!” feat. Hugh Coltman & Mamani Keita
– André Ceccarelli “Ultimo”
Tuesday, 9th July:
– Stéphane Belmondo feat. Sandra Nkaké “Ever After”
– Lianne La Havas
– Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite
– Le Nice Jazz Orchestra invite Janysett McPherson & Perico Sambeat
– Manu Katché Quartet
– Robert Glasper Experiment feat. Yasiin Bey aka Mos Def
Wednesday, 10th July:
– Kellylee Evans “I remember When”
– John Legend
– Stéphane Chausse & Bertrand Lajudie
– Gerald Clayton Sextet feat. Logan Richardon, Sachal Vasandani & Gretchen Parlato
– Youn Sun Nah Quartet
Thursday, 11th July:
– José James
– Raphaël Gualazzi
– Maceo Parker
– Su La Také – Etienne M’Bappé feat. Nicolas Viccaro
– Omer Avital Band of the East
– Chick Corea & The Vigil with Christian McBride, Tim Garland, Marcus Gilmore & Charles Altura
Friday, 12th July:
– Tigran – Shadow Theater
– Pedrito Martinez
– George Benson
– Vainqueur du tremplin off
– Shai Maestro Trio
– Esperanza Spalding Radio Music Society
Tickets for Nice Jazz Festival 2014 are €35.00 and can be purchased from http://www.nicejazzfestival.fr/en/billetterie. A discounted rate of €15.00 for children aged 10-16 (under 10 years old – FREE).
You can also buy ‘passes’ for consecutive days:
2 consecutive days:€55.00
5 days: €120.00
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The nearest international airport to the Nice Jazz Festival is the Nice Côte d’Azur Airport (NCE) and is located approximately 7km from Nice city center.
To get to the city from the airport you have a number of options available to you, the classic taxi, car rental or you could jump on one of the many airport shuttles/buses.
A couple of good resources for airport transfers:
You should be able to buy tickets in advanced up until around the 31 May 2014. Alternatively you can buy your tickets on Place Masséna early july.
The cheapest accommodation options I could find in and around Nice, France during the festival period (Early/Mid July) are shown below (Click HERE for a complete list):
*** Hotel prices rise exponentially as you get closer to the festival dates. Book early to avoid disappointment. ***
If you’ve got a little cash to spend then you could consider checking into the Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Méditerranée. 5 star luxury.
If you are on a super shoe-string budget then search HostelWorld and get a bed in Nice for as little as €20.00! – (Private rooms $25.00+)
I would recommend checking Nice hotel reviews on TripAdvisor prior to placing any booking. Alternatively, why don’t you try something different and rent someones apartment during the festival period at AirBnB?! Click here for a free £15 credit towards your first booking!
Note that there is NO TENT CAMPING at the Nice Festival this year. The nearest camp-site to Nice is the Domaine du Colombier Campsite which is located only a few KM from the beach and offers all the creature comforts you can expect from campsites in France.
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