Fans of blues, swing, ragtime and New Orleans will find what they are looking for in numerous Parisian jazz clubs as well as at concert venues and certain bars in the capital.
The top jazz players perform here as well as small groups for more informal discoveries. The Duc des Lombards was frequented by Henri Texier, Aldo Romano and Martial Solal. It hosts original musicians in a cosy atmosphere. Then on to the Sunside / Sunset, two adjoining clubs with a programme of electric jazz at one and acoustic at the other. Also in the Rue des Lombards, the Baiser Salé focuses on cross-cultural sounds that blend various styles like funk, soul, blues ...Jazz fans will all know Le Caveau de la Huchette, a living legend that resounds with the sound of traditional jazz, swing and middle jazz.
The New Morning, known as ‘Niou’, is also the haunt of the most demanding music lovers. Every year, its festival All Stars sends the crowds wild. As for the Studio de l'Ermitage perched on the hill at Ménilmontant, it focuses on the current day jazz scene.
The Jazz Café Montparnasse, formerly the Petit Journal Montparnasse gives jazz a top billing. The Jazz Club Étoile (ex-Lionel Hampton) has played host to a string of the biggest names in jazz, from Rhoda Scott to the orchestra of Count Basie. The 38Riv in the Marais puts on unforgettable jazz concerts and jam sessions in his vaulted cellars. More confidential, the Duke's Bar at the Hôtel Westminster organizes jazz evenings twice a week featuring some of the greatest jazz classics.