Posts Tagged ‘jazz’

New York Jazz in Paris

July 29th, 2014

Two summer jazz festivals in Paris featuring the best of New York jazz – the American Jazz Festiv’Halles at the Sunside/Sunset and Nous n’irons pas à New York (we’re not going to New York) at the Duc des Lombards.  But hurry, the NY jazz programming at the Duc des Lombards ends this weekend on August 2nd.  You have a bit longer for the festival at the Sunside – theirs runs through August 9th (though both clubs have things programmed all month long). Sunside/Sunset, 60 rue


Jazz and the Basques in the 6th this weekend!

May 22nd, 2014

No,  Jazz and the Basques is not a new group.  In this case, one has nothing to do with the other.  This weekend Saint-Germain-des-Prés plays host to two festivals – Festival Jazz Saint-Germain and the Festival Basque.  For jazz, there are performances nightly through Sunday by various groups at various locations in the 6th.  To see the complete program and buy tickets click here.  Meanwhile, rue Princesse & rue Guisarde, also in the 6th (metro: Mabillion), will be the epicenter of the Festival Basque, designed to


Valentine’s Day Paris – Idea #1

February 11th, 2014

Dinner and jazz at the Ducs des Lombards jazz club.  Hear the young American jazz singer Sachal Vasandani.  Click here to see the menu and listen to a clip from his first album ‘Naked as We Came’.  Or click here to listen to a track from his latest (3rd) album ‘Hi-Fly’, released this past June.  Dinner/drinks/concert for 120 euros per person. Duc des Lombards, 42 rue des Lombards, Paris, 1st


Music in Paris – Who Played Paris in April

May 6th, 2013

Even though spring here has been late and chilly, the musical scene has been hopping!  My personal sampling  (eclectic as always)- April was bookended by two jazz trumpeters, the Swiss Erik Truffaz, great, and the Franco-Lebanese Ibrahim Maalouf, stunning.  In between was the Bach Mass in C minor with John Eliot Gardner and the London Symphony followed two weeks later by their Stravinsky program to celebrate Gardner’s 70th birthday!  The Stravinsky was good but the Bach was electrifying.  Add a young French jazz singer, Raphaële


Taking in a concert in Paris – Melody Gardot

November 21st, 2012

Paris attracts orchestras, bands, soloists of all genres from all over the world.  So if you’re a music lovely consider taking in a concert during your stay in Paris!  Unless you live in NY (and even then) you stand a good chance of seeing something that you wouldn’t back home.  Take Melody Gardot, a wonderful young American jazz singer – she last played Minneapolis (where I’m from) in 2010.  But just a couple of weeks ago I got to hear her when she played at


Bobby McFerrin at Théâtre du Châtelet

April 25th, 2012

Bobby McFerrin appeared at the Théâtre du Châtelet last night, along with special guests including Tigran Hamasyan (a wonderful young jazz pianist).  A special evening with lots of interaction with the audience!  I hadn’t heard McFerrin live in decades.  But that’s one of the wonderful things about Paris – it attracts an incredible number of artists from around the world. Even if you don’t speak French there are quite a lot of options – occasional plays in English, lots of concerts (jazz, classical recitals, operas,


Stacy Kent and the Olympia

April 8th, 2012

Stacy Kent gave a wonderful concert at the Olympia Theatre Friday night.  It was a memorable night, all the more since it was my first time at the Olympia, probably the most fabled concert hall in Paris.  Whether you’re a French singer or not, to appear on stage at the Olympia says that you’ve made it, you’ve arrived, you’re a success!  Built in 1893 it’s hosted French stars such Barbara, Brassens, Brel, Piaf and Johnny Hallyday as well as the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, BB


Kenny Garrett Quartet at Salle Pleyel

March 12th, 2012

Though the Salle Pleyel is a concert hall and not a jazz club Kenny Garrett and his quartet rocked the house last night!  And the love affair was mutual – originally planned to run 90 minutes and finish around 9:30 it was 10:20 before he reluctantly left the stage!  People were practically dancing in the aisles – which actually happened at last year’s Patti Smith concert (put that’s another story!). While there are many clubs devoted to jazz in Paris this auditorium programs a fair