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: http://parisjazzfestival2009.net/english-version/
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