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Paris Jazz Festival, a summer treat for music lovers

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Created in 1994, and organized every year in July in the sumptuous Parc Floral de Vincennes, the Paris Jazz Festival is a must for every jazz lover. This summer treat for music lovers is a place where you can enjoy jazz, blues, and soul concerts. Paris Jazz Festival is one of the biggest music festivals in France and a perfect opportunity to run away from the hot and busy Parisian streets, and to relax in the most incredible natural environment. Jazz and nature fans, this festival is for you, so be sure not to miss it!

The Paris Jazz Festival
The Paris Jazz Festival
Parc Floral de Paris, Route de la Pyramide, 75012 Paris, France

History of the Paris Jazz Festival

In 1994, Franck Marchal, a French composer and producer, and Olivier Bastardie decided to create a very special jazz event in the heart of the City of Light. It was named originally “A Fleur de Jazz” (Jazz Flower) as this festival was situated in the Parc Floral de Paris, a beautiful public park and a botanical garden. But soon, in 1998, this summer music event changed its name to the Paris Jazz Festival and in 1999, the Delta, a large outdoor concert stage was inaugurated. From its very first edition, this festival had great success. The most famous French and international jazz musicians performed that year, from Didier Lockwood, Brad Mehldau to Richard Bona. In 2012 and 2014, the festival was chosen as the official host of the Annual “Victoires du Jazz” ceremony (the French equivalent of the Grammy Awards). Today, more than twenty years later, the Paris Jazz Festival is still one of the biggest jazz and music festivals in France.  

Summer in the Parc Floral

Located in the Bois de Vincennes, The Parc Floral de Paris is a magical park and botanical garden extended over the surface of 28 hectares that transforms every summer into a real music festival playground. This green space hosts different events such as the “Pestaces”, dedicated to a younger audience, and the “Classique au Vert”, a classical music festival. But, the Paris Jazz Festival is one of its major summer events. There is a good reason why nature lovers appreciate this jazz festival so much. During the hot Parisian days, there is nothing better than to rest in the shade of the trees and, at the same time, listen to good music.

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Photo Credit © Paris Jazz Festival

Practical information

The Paris Jazz Festival, a summer treat for music lovers, opens its doors every weekend in July, and concerts start at 3 pm and 5 pm. Since 2019, this festival also organizes several exceptional night concerts. The entrance to the Parc Floral de Paris is 2,50 euros (reduce ticket is 1,50), but individual shows are free of charge.


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Sladjana Perkovic

Sladjana Perkovic

Hello, my name is Sladjana, a journalist and writer living in Paris, France. I write about French well hidden places, gastronomy and cultural events.

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