Whether you’re sitting on the edge of the Seine or on the terrace of a charming Parisian café, jazz often wafts through the air in the City of Light. Jazz arrived in Paris at the beginning of the 20th century. Today it is still alive and well, making its mark on the capital.
I use to live near rue des Lombards, what I like to call the jazz center of Paris. Each night was an adventure, filled with the wonderful rich tunes and harmonies traveling through the streets, into my cozy chambre de bonne.
During my stay in the 1st arrondissement, I went almost weekly to some of the greatest clubs in the City. Here are a few of my favorites to help you start your journey discovering the best jazz venues this magical city has to offer.
For almost 40 years, Le Baiser Salé (or “The Salty Kiss”) has been entertaining Jazz lovers from around the world. The venue focuses on discovering new talent. Open until the early hours of the morning, Le Baiser Salé has it all – from open mics, jam sessions and special concerts!
Right beside Le Baiser Salé, Sunset Sunside is another club that has been around for decades. This club prides itself on variety — whether you like Jazz Manouche, Blues or Bossa Nova, Sunset Sunside has a concert for you. Don’t miss their Saturday midnight sessions of jazz and cinema where they pay tribute to a cult film alongside their “house” orchestra.
Offering more than 300 concerts per year, this famous jazz club has welcomed the greatest names in jazz. Just like New York jazz clubs, Duc offers two sets of concerts – one at 7pm and one at 10pm. This club is truly an experience that you will not want to miss.
And, although it is not located in rue des Lombards, 38’Riv is a necessary and honorable mention, as it is my favorite place to go for a glass of wine and great music!
Located in a small 12th century cellar, La Cave du 38’Riv has an amazing and varied program every day. Along with jazz concerts and jam sessions offered every other day during the week, 38’Riv is also known for their Brazilian Bossa Nova concerts and their Tuesday funk nights.
These clubs will let you relish in cool sounds at reasonable prices, in great ambiance. Enjoy!
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