As well as dozens of concerts (Erik Truffaz at the Théâtre de l’Odéon, DJ Psycut at the Lucernaire’s restaurant, Bugge Wesseltoft at the Maison des Océans…) there are also special evening events, a photo exhibition, ‘jazz chats’, a special focus on young talents and a lot more besides…
The Left Bank is one of the birthplaces of jazz, and during the Saint-Germain-des-Prés Jazz Festival you’ll be able to hear great jazz music everywhere around!
As always, the festival is supporting young talents (with two pecial nights at the Sunset-Sunside Jazz club), and putting special emphasis on female artists (jazz is still very male-dominated) with a very special New Orleans night. There are also events to encourage young music lovers to try and listen to some jazz, sometimes seen as a rather elitist genre, including three free nights at the Café Mabillon du Crous.
As well as the twenty-odd concerts, you might also want to check out the photo exhibition Émotions Jazz at the Mandarine Gallery, with nearly forty classic shots on show, taken from Jazz Magazine (you can even meet the photographers for the opening party on 18th May from 6-9pm), and for those overflowing with nocturnal stamina, there are two Afterjazz events at the Rhumerie that start around 11pm.
Don’t forget that the festival is known for using unusual venues like the Sorbonne, the Saint-Germain-des-Prés church, the Théâtre de l’Odéon, the (fabulous) Maison des Océans… Good music in special places – don’t miss it!