The 2009 Paris Jazz Festival Heats Up

by Tory Hoen

For those lucky enough to be in Paris this July, the Paris Jazz Festival is back for its 16th year. As throngs of tourists crowd the city center, the Parc Floral in the Bois de Vincennes, where jazz performances will be held every weekend until July 26, provides the perfect escape. The main events take place on the park’s main stage—the Delta—but smaller performances take place in the nearby Clairière des Impros and Jardinophone as well. Visitors are encouraged to bring picnics and lounge on the grass while enjoying the weekend’s outdoor concerts.

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This year, the festival explores international and historical themes in music, and the program for each weekend focuses on a different musical concept or tradition. This coming weekend’s theme, “Gypsy Land, ” will celebrate the musical heritage of the diasporic communities of central Europe. The line-up for Saturday, July 11, includes the Costel Nitescu Quintet and Bojan Z. The program for Sunday, July 12, features native Alsacian Bireli Lagrene, followed by Kocani Orkestar—a group that mixes Ottoman/Bulgarian influences to create their own unique “flamboyant brass band style.”



The Bois de Vincennes is open from 9:30am to 8pm. Entrance to the Parc Floral is 5€ for adults, 2.50€ for students, and free for children 7 years and under. Concerts are free once you have paid entrance fees.

For more information about the festival and the program for the month of July, follow this link:

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Tory Hoen

After attending Brown University and spending two years in New York, Tory bought a one-way ticket to Paris to pursue her dream of becoming a writer (and of drinking wine at lunch). During her time in the City of Light, she chronicled the euphoric highs and the laughable lows of ex-pat life on her blog, A Moveable Beast. Though she's now based in New York, she travels frequently to Montreal and Brazil, and she'll use just about any excuse to jet to Paris ("I ran out of fleur de sel"). A regular contributor to Hip Paris, Tory also writes for New York Magazine, Time Out New York, and she is a co-author of's Guide To Life After College. View Tory Hoen's Website

3 comments on “The 2009 Paris Jazz Festival Heats Up

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Oh it sounds like an incredible time, are you going to anything special, Erica? Maybe you can put a little on youtube for us who can’t be there!

Oh we will miss this. Any chance that there will be a music festival in August, or is all of Paris shutting down ? We are renting an apt from Haven In Paris the week of August 5th.

Hello. There are many many things going on in Paris in August. It is, in my opinion, the best month to be in Paris. Music, movies, art, theatre…. you will not be disappointed. Tory will be posting many of them over the next few days and weeks. Keep posted. Kind regards, Erica

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