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Jazz in May

May 12, 2018

Swing into Paris during the annual Saint-Germain-de-Prés Jazz Festival and you’re spoilt for choice on the live music front. From grand, historic theatres to intimate bars and buzzy outdoor spaces, we introduce some of the venues to be-bop-de-doo-wop at during the event.

Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe

Elegant vintage vibes abound at this historic theatre replete with ravishing interior rich-crimson interior featuring a beautifully frescoed ceiling and gilt a go-go. Acclaimed Belgian jazz singer Mélanie De Biasio will be performing on 4 June as part of the festival; booking is highly recommended.

Place Saint-Germain-des-Prés

If you like your music en plein air, pop to Place Saint-Germain for the free ‘Jazz on the Plaza’ sessions. Held on 24, 25, 27 and 30 May, the afternoon performances feature Etienne Alsamia and Jeff Loiselet. Get there early if you want to nab a seat.

Sunset/Sunside Jazz Club

A stalwart on the city’s music scene, this subterranean jazz club is hosting the festival’s young talent competition on 26 and 27 May. A dim-lit, warm and intimate atmosphere make this a top spot for some after-hours drinks too. Upstairs restaurant Sunside is a cosy choice for simple bistro fare, or Sunday brunch.

Le Lucernaire

For an arthouse atmos, make tracks to this bustling bar-meets-resto which will be hosting a range of events including ‘Jazz and Meditation’ on 27 May. Hungry? The simple, well-executed menu includes the likes of parmesan ravioli and smoked salmon salad. Expect to rub shoulders with a hip, well-heeled crowd on weekends.

Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe / place de l'Odéon / +33 1 44 85 40 40 / open daily, performance times very /

Place Saint-Germain-des-Prés / nearest metro Saint-Germain-des-Prés

Sunset/Sunside Jazz Club / 60 rue des Lombards / +33 1 40 26 46 60 / 5pm-2am daily /

Le Lucernaire / 53 rue Notre Dame des Champs / +33 1 45 44 57 34 / 11am-10.30pm daily /