Born in the Southern U.S.
but inspired by African rhythms, jazz has taken the world with its unpredictable but always pleasing tones and beats. Paris, lover of all expressions of art, took to the scene immediately and has remained loyal ever since. Some venues date back right to the inception of the jazz era
, while others opened their doors later on. Either way, these fun and funky establishments are home to some of the best local and international players in Paris.
Caveau de la Huchette
Caveau de la Huchette
Not only is the venue space of Caveau de la Huchette deeply rooted in the history of Parisian jazz, but also in the revolutionary history of the city as well. In 1789, the address housed the Cordeliers and Montagnards as well as the likes of Marat, Danton, and Robespierre. Roughly a century and a half later, the house became the first place jazz was performed in Paris and later hosted some of the most famous musicians of the day, from Bill Coleman to Duffy Jackson. Today, Caveau de la Huchette maintains its traditions of jazz roots with performances every night. Keep a keen eye on the décor, as the walls still showcase some of the weaponry and objects from eras’ past.
Opening Hours: Sun – Thur 9:30PM-2:30AM/Fri-Sat 9:30PM-4AM
5 Rue de la Huchette, 75005 Paris, +33 1 43 26 65 05
Cave Du 38 Riv’
Cave Du 38 Riv’
Descend into a lively evening of jazz at the local favorite Cave du 38 Riv. Just steps from the river, let yourself be immersed in the scenes of laughing Parisians and animated players over cheap drinks and good food. Don’t be surprised if the hours melt away once you’re mesmerized by the sounds and skill of some of Paris’ best.
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 6PM-2AM/Sun 4:30PM – 7PM
38 Rue de Rivoli, 75004 Paris, + 33 01 48 87 56 30
Located in the scholastic Latin Quarter, the Café Universal lends its stage to the skilled students and enthusiasts of jazz. On Tuesdays of each week, the café hosts a ‘Jam’ where young players are invited to sing or play soul, Latin, or pop jazz. The house also specializes in vocal jazz, so if having a voice to hum and snap along to is your ‘jive’ then this is the place to be!
Opening Hours: Mon 8:30AM-3PM/Tue-Fri 8:30AM-1AM/Sat 4:30PM-1AM/Sun 1:30PM-1AM
267 Rue Saint-Jacques, 75005 Paris, + 33 01 43 25 74 20
A favorite amongst the young student crowd, Le Tennessee is a jazz bar with a light spirit and live jazz. The atmosphere is spacious and more relaxed than the typical cozy jazz club. The food and drinks are reasonably priced and just as pleasing to the palate as the music is to the ear. This is a great spot to spend a warm summer night along the streets of Saint-Germain-Des-Pres.
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 6:30PM-2Am/Closed Sun
12 Rue André Mazet, 75006 Paris, + 33 01 43 54 36 10
Le Baiser Salé
Le Baiser Salé is the premier space for young up-and-comers to grace the stage. Bathed in blue shadow and neon light, the venue has helped kick start the careers of Angelique Kidjo, Laurent Vernery, and Richard Bona alongside a hearty handful of others. Over the past two decades the club has become a lively institution for lovers of jazz and those who yearn to see the new talent the world has to offer. Le Baiser Salé also hosts established acts as well so every week brings big names to the table.
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 4PM-6AM/Sun 4PM-4AM
58 Rue des Lombards, 75001 Paris, + 33 1 42 33 37 71
In the heart of Paris, Sunside Sunset has been the jazz pulse of the city since 1983. The institution first opened its doors as a basement club in a restaurant. Within a few short years it had evolved into the favored haunt of local and international musicians alike such as Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock. Today, the club has taken over the upstairs restaurant and transformed the space into another jazz venue specializing in acoustic jazz. Together, the two levels each host a show every day of the week.
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 5PM-2AM
60 Rue des Lombards, 75001 Paris, + 33 01 40 26 46 60
Located just outside the Boulevard Périphérique by the metro station Mairie des Lilas, Le Triton is a one-stop shop for a jazzy evening. Le Triton makes an evening of dinner, drinks, and jazz as easy as summertime since it’s a restaurant, bar, and has two concert halls. Run by brothers Jean Pierre and Jacques Vivante of the 1970s Vortex group, the duo has successfully created a space for jazz artists and lovers to unite and create. Le Triton hosts over 200 concerts a year and hopes to acquire recording and rehearsal studio space to further cement their place in Parisian jazz history.
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 10AM-12AM
11 Bis Rue du Coq Français, 93260 Lilas, + 33 01 49 72 83 13
Since opening in 1981, New Morning has hosted acts on its stage like Chet Baker, George Russell, and Kenny Clarke. Each week brings new players to the scene so it’s always a wonderful world of jazz in their house. The no frills establishment is a simple club sure to provide a laid back yet lively evening of entertainment. The hours vary on the night as it depends on the act. Make sure to go online and pick up your tickets ahead of time; doors open a half hour before the show.
Rue des Petites Écuries, 75010 Paris + 33 01 45 23 51 41
Le Petit Journal
Hugging the Luxembourg Gardens, Le Petit Journal is a little treasure hosting local and international jazz musicians alike. Snap along to favorites by Ray Charles or Nat King Cole while sipping a drink in the cozy atmosphere. Seating about 80, Le Petit Journal is an intimate setting good for getting up close and personal with the artists. Letting players cast a spell over their audience six times a week, the venue will make sure you’re feeling good Monday to Saturday.
71 Boulevard Saint-Michel, 75005 Paris, + 33 01 43 26 28 59