Coming from the South of the United States, jazz has reached its peak at the beginning of the 19th century when numerous jazz clubs flourished in America and Europe. This musical genre has not lost in popularity since that time billions of people all around the world still listen to it. New sub-genres have appeared and new clubs keep opening all around. Whether it is legendary places or new clubs, here is our selection of the best jazz clubs in Paris.
Duc des Lombards
42 rue des Lombards, 75001 Paris
If there’s one street, in Paris to go to if you want to listen to some nice jazz concerts, it is the Rue des Lombards.
Located in its eponymous street, the Duc des Lombards is a real institution, an HQ for jazz lovers.
Here, you will be able to discover new artists from the international stage.
Classical or alternative jazz is played from Monday to Saturday, with two concerts at 7PM. Then, starting from 11:30 it’s free entrance to the Jams du Duc.
Opening hours: From Monday to Saturday: 7PM – 4AM.
Rates: Between 29 and 41€.
https://ducdeslombards.com/ (website in French)
60 rue des Lombards, 75001 Paris
If you walk down the Rue des Lombards a little further, you will find the very popular Sunset/Sunrise.
This jazz club opened in 1980 and hasn’t lost any of its fame ever since.
The establishment has its own American bar on the first floor and ever since it has been renovated in 2001, what used to be a restaurant became the Sunside.
The Sunset, downstairs, offers electro-jazz and international music programs while the Sunside, in the basement, leans more towards acoustic jazz.
Opening hours: Every day: 5PMh – 2AM.
Rates: Some free concerts. Paid concerts starting at 20€.
https://www.sunset-sunside.com/ (website in French)
Le Baiser Salé
58 rue des Lombards, 75001 Paris
To finish our trip on the Rue des Lombards, let’s stop by an all-time classic, Le Baiser Salé. This “café-concert” in which you will be able to enjoy a drink while listening to jazz artists in (almost) complete intimacy is specialized in Caribbean jazz and fusion jazz (with salsa, soul and many more).
Don’t miss out on the free to access Monday evening Jam Sessions when the crop of jazz players come to play.
Opening hours: Every day: 4PM – 6AM.
Rates: Some free concerts. Starting from 10€ for under-26 year olds.
https://www.lebaisersale.com/ (website in French)
Le Caveau de la Huchette
5 rue de la Huchette, 75005 Paris
As a Parisian historical landmark, Le Caveau de la Huchette used to be a meeting place for the Rosicrucians and Templars, in the 1500s, an HQ for the Freemasonry and, eventually, a place of execution.
Nowadays, Le Caveau is a renowned jazz club in the capital.
The building has kept its old atmosphere and welcomed some of the greatest jazz artists; Bill Coleman, Tiny May, Milt Buckner, Scott Hamilton, and it was even used as a set for the movie La La Land by Damien Chazelle.
From Monday to Thursday and Sunday: 9PM – 2:30AM
Saturday and Sunday: 9PM – 4AM
Rates: Depends on the program.
Le Bal Blomet
33 rue Blomet, 75015 Paris
Opened in 1924, Le Bal Blomet is one of the oldest jazz clubs still in activity in Europe.
Very popular back in the Roaring Twenties, this institution has, for a while, been threatened with extinction.
Now back in top shape, the club has 250 seats and received, in 2019, the Best Café-Concert Trophy in the 25th edition of the Trophées de la Nuit (Night’s Trophies).
Le Bal Blomet offers various concerts on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
The rest of the time, it stays open if you want a drink or a meal inside the bar-restaurant.
From Tuesday to Friday: 12PM – 2PM / 7PM – midnight
Saturday: 12PM – 3PM / 7PM – midnight
Sunday: 12PM – 3PM
Rates: Starting from 20€.
http://www.balblomet.fr/ (website in French)
La Petite Halle de la Villette
211 avenue Jean-Jaurès, 75019 Paris
This jazz club is one of the most recent jazz clubs in the capital and has a promising future.
Behind its wide solarium, there are hundreds of wooden tables which will make you feel like you are part of the scenery.
Once the sun has set on the city, it’s time for the show to begin.
On the stage, new talents of French, British and American jazz won’t fail to entertain you.
From Sunday to Tuesday: 12PM – 4PM
Wednesday and Thursday: 12PM – 1AM
Friday and Saturday: 12PM – 2AM
Rates: Some free concerts. Paid concerts start from 15€.
https://www.lapetitehalle.com/ (website in French)
7/9 rue des Petites Ecuries, 75010 Paris
New Morning is a key venue for jazz in the capital. It is located in the old printing factory of the French newspaper “Le Petit Journal” and has welcomed some of the greatest artists of classical and modern jazz such as Nina Simone, Archie Shepp and Dizzy Gollespie.
This establishment looks like an underground concert venue with great acoustic properties.
Opening hours: Depends on the program.
Rates: Depends on the concert.
Le Studio de l’Ermitage
8 rue de l’Ermitage, 75020
While it is not very well-known to the general public, Le Studio de l’Ermitage offers an intimate atmosphere and great visibility on the artists from the balcony, the bar and the tables in front of the stage.
Built inside the former Brun biscuit factory, this industrial area gives an impression of proximity between the artist and its audience.
Opening hours: Every day: 8:30PM – 2AM.
Rates: Starting from 10€.
https://www.studio-ermitage.com/ (website in French)
11bis rue du Coq Français, 93260 Les Lilas
Located on the East side of Paris, in Les Lilas, Le Triton opened in the year 2000.
More than just a jazz club, it is also a rehearsal studio, a recording room, a restaurant and, of course, a concert venue.
Hidden beyond the greenery, Le Triton offers is mainly composed of a jazzy program, while not entirely so.
Opening hours: Every day: 6:30PM – 1AM
Rates: Depending on the program.
http://www.letriton.com/ (website in French)
La Dynamo des Banlieues Bleues
9 rue Gabrielle Josserand, 93500 Pantin
In Paris’ suburbs stands La Dynamo des Banlieues Bleues, built inside an old jute bags factory.
Its modern and colorful decoration won’t fail to impress and so will its jazz and jazz-fusion program.
The club takes its name from the song of the world-famous jazzman Dizzy Gillespie.
Opened in 2006, La Dynamo hosts about twenty festivals per year.
Its only fault is that it doesn’t have a bar or a restaurant to have a snack or a drink between two shows.
Opening hours: Depending on the program.
Rates: Starting from 10€.
Autour de Midi… et de Minuit
11 rue Lepic, 75018 Paris
Opened in 2001 and located on top of the Butte-Montmartre, this Parisian bistro gives you the possibility to enjoy a nice meal followed by a jazzy evening in an intimate interior and former wine cellar.
Specialized in inter-war American jazz, concerts take place every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening while the improvs and Jam Sessions occur on Thursday and Wednesday.
Concerts on Tuesday and Friday at 9:30PM
Concerts on Saturday 10PM
Rates: Depends on the program.
https://autourdemidi.fr/ (website in French)
Jazz Club Etoile
81 boulevard Gouvion Saint-Cyr, 75017 Paris
The Jazz Club Etoile is inside the hotel Méridien Etoile.
It was formerly known as the Jazz Club Lionel Hampton and has been one of the legendary jazz stages in Paris ever since its creation in 1975.
Jazz, blues or pop live concerts are held from Tuesday to Saturday for the greatest joy of this genre’s lovers.
This establishment also offers a large variety of meals, drinks and menus to enjoy your dinner along with the music.
From Monday to Friday: 8AM – 1AM
Saturday and Sunday: 10AM – midnight
Rates: Starting from 50€.
Still hesitating? Here are our recommendations :
- The absolute legend: Le Bal Blomet which will have you discover what the biggest celebrities went through, back when it opened in the 20s.
- The best Jam Sessions: Autour de Midi… et de Minuit and its intimate atmosphere which will make you feel closer to the artists.
- The least expensive: Le Studio de l’Ermitage with its concerts at very small rates.
- The best atmosphere: La Petite Halle and its large open room which is perfect to build new friendships and freely dance to the sound of the music.
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