The Saint Germain des Près Jazz Festival 2015
Published on 2 May 2015, dans Entertainment
An essential and eclectic jazz festival in Paris
France in general and Paris in particular have long embraced jazz. Since what was then a young musical form first reached this country from its American homeland in the 1920s, it has remained immensely popular here. Paris had an exciting jazz scene in the middle of the 20th century, and played host to such towering talents as Josephine Baker, Django Reinhardt, Duke Ellington, Sydney Bechet, Count Basie and Art Blakey. These great jazz performers and many more found a warm welcome from Parisian audiences, and it was here that this kind of music first received respectful attention and serious critical appraisal. Today, Paris remains one of the world’s top cities for live jazz performances, having numerous clubs and venues specialising in this musical genre.
One of the most significant jazz events in the Parisian calendar takes place each spring. The Saint Germain des Près Jazz Festival was begun in 2001. During the 14 years of its existence this celebration of a unique, refreshing and diverse musical form has become highly respected throughout the world. This is in part due to the active encouragement of new talent that takes place during the festival, as well as the event’s open-hearted, inclusive and often experimental nature. Many venues throughout Saint Germain des Près play host to jazz concerts during the nearly two weeks of the festival. Churches, theatres, cultural centres and canal boats have all reverberated to the sounds of jazz and will do so again in 2015. There will also be plenty of free open-air gigs.
Saint Germain des Près 2015 will take place from May 21st to June 1st. Among the hugely talented performers invited for this 15th edition are the amazing saxophonist Stéphane Guillaume, Kyle Eastwood, My Dog Has Fleas, the Vijay Iyer Trio, and the wonderful Lisa Simone, daughter of the fondly remembered Nina Simone. There will, as usual, be sidebar events such as exhibitions, workshops, musician masterclasses, interviews and discussions to add to the musical mix. If you’re a jazz buff, then don’t miss this essential event, when an iconic district of Paris pulses to the sounds of your favourite kind of music.
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