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The Nice Jazz Festival is just one of many iconic places to hear jazz on the French Riviera | © Michel Riallant/Flickr
The Nice Jazz Festival is just one of many iconic places to hear jazz on the French Riviera | © Michel Riallant/Flickr
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11 Iconic Spots to Hear Jazz in the French Riviera

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Updated: 4 September 2017
The French Riviera has a long history with jazz. After soldiers introduced it to France in the First World War, it became the soundtrack to the decadent twenties when people like F. Scott Fitzgerald partied hard on the Riviera to forget the horrors of war. Jazz festivals followed and then the clubs. Here’s our guide of 11 iconic spots to hear jazz on the French Riviera.
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Hötel de Caumont (Aix-en-Provence)

The Hötel de Caumont is a grand old house in the centre of Aix, that used to be home to the Conservatoire. After they moved out to purpose-built premises, it was renovated into a stylish museum and art gallery. But perhaps the “piéce de la résistance“, is the café/bar and gardens where they hold jazz at the weekends on balmy summer evenings.


Hotel Belles Rives (Juan-les-Pins)

F Scott Fitzgerald took a villa in Juan-les-Pins in 1926, where the jet set had started to gather – it’s where Ian Fleming sent his legendary spy, James Bond to recuperate. That villa (Villa St Louis) is now the five-star Hotel Belles Rives. Fitzgerald wrote his classic, Tender is the Night here and it was his ‘favourite place in the world’ (this quote is now engraved in marble at the villa entrance). Fitzgerald’s Jazz Bar overlooks the sea and has a host of jazz musicians playing. Sip your Zelda cocktail (named after his wife) and admire the view with some classy music.

Hotel Belles Rives, Juan-les-Pins, France +33 (0)4 93 61 02 79

Fitzgerald’s Hotel Belles Rives | © Bex Walton/Flickr