Paris Jazz Festival
Paris Jazz Festival 2014
Whilst not the biggest jazz festival in the world, the 2014 Paris Jazz Festival is one you can’t miss if you’re in Paris during June – July each year. Hosting over 31 concerts during an 8 weekend span in the beautiful Parc Floral de Paris this jazz festival is one for all the family.
“The past three seasons at the helm of the Paris Jazz Festival have allowed us to bring together nature lovers and jazz aficionados under the banner of what is now one of the leading summer jazz events in Europe” - Pierrette Devineau, festival organiser
The Paris Jazz Festival was founded in 1994 and ever since has been bringing live jazz performances to the city of Paris.
I can’t find that much historic information on the festival and can only assume that there probably isn’t too much documented as it’s a relatively new and quaint festival that is unlikely to change drastically.
That being said, a little nugget of interest: Claude Challe gave his final performance here back in 2003 before sadly passing away the following year. Dizzy Gillespie & Duke Ellington have also played here in the festivals ‘golden years’!
Whilst it has remained a strictly jazz festive you are likely to hear some funk, soul and blues acts also perform during the festival period. Past performances of 2012 include: Daniel Humair Quartet, Hadouk Trio, Ibrahim Maalouf, Lisa Simone, Stephane Belmondo Quartet & Keb’ Mo’.
Other past performers have included: Daniel Mille Quintet, the Benjamin Moussay Trio, Ping Machine, Le Sacre Du Tympan, Jean-Philippe Viret Quartet à Cordes, Antoine Hervé and the National Jazz Orchestra.
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The Paris Jazz Festival is always held at the Parc Floral de Paris
Esplanade Saint Louis, across from Château de Vincennes – Bois de Vincennes
Avenue de la Pyramide
Rer A Vincennes / Subway station Château de Vincennes (line 1)
Bus line N°112 – Velib’ Park
The festival takes place on the main stage and in the ‘Garden of Sounds’.
Performances take place at around 3:00 pm and 4:30 pm every Saturday and Sunday during the festival period, with some events being free.
The line-up for the 2014 Paris Jazz Festival has not yet been announced.
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To give you some idea of what you can expect, the 2013 line-up included:
Możdżer Danielsson Fresco Trio, Malted Milk, Kumquat, Milteau Galvin Robinson Smyth, Big Daddy, Marcel & Solange Wilson, Moutin Réunion Quartet, Manu Katché Quartet, Edmar Castañeda Trio, Trombone Shorty, Hugh Masekela, Marcus Wyatt & Language 12, Quai N° 5, Francesco Bearzatti Tinissima Quartet
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Tickets for the Paris Jazz Festival are €5.50 for adults and €2.75 for those ages 7-25, with anyone 6 and under allowed entry for free. You are essentially paying entrance to the Parc Floral de Paris park and then the festival is ‘free’.
There are season tickets for all the concerts that are played in the park, these cost €20 for adults and €10 for those 7-25 and can be purchased at the entrance of the park.
The nearest international airport to the Paris Jazz Festival is the Charles De Gaulle Airport (CDG) and is located approximately 30km from Parc Floral de Paris.
Charles De Gaulle Airport is a very busy international airport and getting to Paris from the airport is very easy. You can get a taxi (fare around €50 to the city center) or get on a number of airport shuttles and busses.
Taxis are available for booking or hailing at the airport, contact details:
AlphaTaxi reservation : 01 45 85 85 85
Les Taxis Bleus reservation : 01 41 52 54 25
Taxis G7 reservation : 01 47 39 47 39
Taxis reservation : 01 42 70 00 42
G7 Horizon reservation : 01 47 39 00 91 (appel gratuit)
Further information on getting to and from the airport here.
The cheapest accommodation options I could find in and around Paris during the festival period (June to July) are shown below (Full list here.):
*** Hotel prices rise exponentially as you get closer to the festival date. Book early. ***
If you are on a super shoe-string budget you can always check out HostelWorld and get a bed in Paris for as little as $25.56! - (Private rooms $28.41+)
As always, I would also recommend checking Paris hotel reviews on TripAdvisor prior to placing your booking.
Note that there is NO TENT CAMPING at the Paris Jazz Fest. However, if you did want to have a taste of the outdoors whilst you are here you could try the Paris Indigo Campsite located in the heart of the green woodland of Paris’s Bois de Boulogne and a 7 hectare site on the banks of the Seine.
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Paris Jazz Festival Highlights (Mixed Years)
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If you haven’t quite had your fill of jazz music during the afternoons in the park then you should check out the numerous jazz clubs in Paris sure to take you into the early hours of the morning.
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