Paris Jazz in Saint-Germain-des-Prés
Paris is now viewed as the world’s second biggest jazz capital after New York, and has been championing this vibrant, versatile musical genre since it arrived in the 1930s. Jazz originated from African-American communities in New Orleans, and was made famous by artists including Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington. This musical genre has been constantly reinvented since its beginnings, offering subgenres such as swing, be-bop, cool jazz, and free jazz. Every side of this multi-facetted musical genre creates different nuances that cry out for freedom.
Hit the road will take you along the streets of Saint-Germain des prés to mythical places where post-war be-bop was born: The Les Deux Magots café where existentialists dreamed of alternative societies, clubs that have disappeared from rue Saint-Benoit, the « Bar Vert » on rue Jacob where Prévert and Vadim used to meet, the cellars of Tabou bar and Saint Germain club where hazy, crazy parties… Without forgetting the handful of sometimes hidden places that are still open today, where jazz enthusiasts attend concerts and enjoy the smooth notes of this music genre.
The tour takes approximately 2h.
Departure point : the 6th arrondissement of Paris
Price : 20€