Paris Jazz Festival

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Paris Jazz Festival
Joshua Redman at Paris Jazz Festival in 2014
DatesJune - July
Location(s)Parc floral de Paris, Paris, France
Years active1994-Present
Founded byFranck Marchal and Olivier Bastardie.

In the space of two decades, the Paris Jazz Festival has become the foremost event of its category in terms of attendance in France, with more than 110,000 spectators every year.[1]


The Paris Jazz Festival was founded in the spring of 1994 by Franck Marchal and Olivier Bastardie. It was meant from the start to become a major event in the heart of Paris.[2]

Initially known under the name À fleur de Jazz (a reference to its botanical garden setting,[3] the festival rapidly met with a large popular success, obtaining the support of jazz aficionados and nature lovers. It featured the elite of international jazz, with performances by Didier Lockwood, Trilok Gurtu, Brad Mehldau, Lionel and Stéphane Belmondo, Richard Bona among others. Adopting the name Paris Jazz Festival in 1998, it gathered momentum on the occasion of the 1999 edition with the inauguration of the Delta, a covered outdoor stage with a seating capacity of 1,500 people, and standing capacity of 5,000.

It has been placed into the hands of different promoters since 2003:

  • 2003–2005: François Peyratout and Reno Di Matteo (Nemo Productions)
  • 2006-2008: Jean-Noël Ginibre (Loop Productions) and Enzo Sarin (Enzo Productions
  • 2009-2014: Pierrette Devineau and Sebastian Danchin (CC Production)
  • 2015 : Pierrette Devineau and Sebastian Danchin (CC Production) with Franck Marchal (Comptoir du Son)

Editorial policy[edit]

The editorial policy of the Paris Jazz Festival has evolved over the years. Although it featured at first jazz artists traveling Europe on summer tours, it has been centering its program on the promotion and influence of the French jazz scene since 2009. [4] The Victoires du Jazz (the equivalent in France of the Grammy Awards) chose the Paris Jazz Festival in 2012 and 2014 as the official site for their annual ceremony. In 2013, the Festival made the news when it tested for the first time at a major event the Wave Field Synthesis system, a spatial audio rendering technique, characterized by the creation of virtual acoustic environments.

The Paris Jazz Festival is the flagship of the Musical Summer at Parc Floral, a global event including young audience festival Pestacles and classical music festival Classique au Vert. The Paris Jazz Festival opens its doors every Saturday and Sunday afternoon in June and July. Concerts, workshops, attractions and exhibitions are accessible free of charge, although a small entrance fee is required from park visitors.[5]

Since 2011, night concerts have been taking place on specific weekends, in addition to the afternoon concerts. A second stage known as the Jazz Barge, set up on the park lake, has been offering additional concerts since 2012. The festival also includes in its program specific creations commissioned by the artistic management of the PJF. On the closing night of the 2013 edition, an original score, composed by Patrice Caratini and played by the 17-piece Caratini Jazz Ensemble, accompanied the screening of Body and Soul (1925), the silent masterpiece of African-American director Oscar Micheaux.

Cody Chesnutt at Paris Jazz Festival in 2014


• 2009 : Guillaume Orti, Robin Verheyen, Bill Carrothers, Maria Schneider, Brussels Jazz Orchestra, Diederik Wissels, Octurn, Sam Tschabalala, Wasis Diop, Stéphane Huchard, Ablaye & the Links, Cheick Tidiane Seck, Gianluca Petrella, Rita Marcitulli, Antonello Salis, Fabrizio Bosso, Open Gate Trio (Bearzatti, Gouvert, Bex), Musica Nuda, Roland Tchakounté, Joe Louis Walker, Phil Reptil, Jean-Jacques Milteau, Médéric Collignon, Vienna Art Orchestra, Radio String Quartet, Jean-Christophe Cholet, Costel Nitescu, Bojan Z, Bireli Lagrène, Kocani Orkestar, Vincent Courtois, Alban Darche et le Gros Cube, Émile Parisien, Jean-Marie Machado, Jean-Philippe Viret, Richard Galliano avec Richard Bona, Gonzalo Rubalcada et Clarence Penn, Bumcello feat. Nathalié Natiembé, Erik Truffaz feat. Christophe.'

• 2010 : Jonas Knutsson, Mathilde Renault, Niels Petter Molvaer, Jan Garbarek, Edouard Ferlet, Airelle Besson, Fabrice Moreau, Anne Paceo, Géraldine Laurent, DAG Trio (Domancich, Avenel, Goubert), Carine Bonnefoy New Large Ensemble, Harrison Kennedy, N’Dambi, Amar Sundy, Eric Bibb, Das Kapital, Joachim Kühn, Hyperactive Kid, Alexander Von Schlippenbach, Aki Takase, Louis Sclavis, Andy Emler, Thomas de Pourquery, Bernard Lubat, Youn Sun Nah, Ulf Wakenius, David Linx, Maria Joao, Zohar Fresco, Hagiga, David El-Malek, les élèves du Conservatoire Edward Saïd de Ramallah, Oriental Music Ensemble, Anouar Brahem, Anthony Joseph, The Z Syndicate, Sandra Nkaké, Richard Bona, Daniel Goyonne, Isabelle Olivier, Christophe Monniot, Enrico Pieranunzi, Richard Galliano.'

• 2011 : Thomas Enhco, Yaron Herman, Benjamin Moussay, Bojan Z, Michel Portal, Charlier-Sourisse Quartet, Push Up, Ceux Qui Marchent Debout, Sly Johnson, Damiano – Sarzier – Risso, Fred Pallem & le Sacre du Tympan, Surnatural Orchestra, Ping Machine, Stéphane Guillaume, Andy Emler, Eddy Louiss, Gutbucket, Mighty Mo Rodgers, Daniel Mille, Trilok Gurtu, Yves Rousseau, Isabelle Olivier, Tania Maria, Youn Sun Nah, Renaud Garcia Fons, David Murray, Harold Lopez-Nussa, Omar Sosa, Gaïa Cuatro, Ballaké Sissoko, Vincent Segal, Jean-Philippe Viret, Antoine Hervé.'

• 2012 : Daniel Humair, Jean-François Zygel, Jacques Gamblin et Laurent De Wilde Sextet, Hadouk Trio, Gueorgui Kornazov / Codjia / Tamisier, Bireli Lagrène, Enrico Rava, Airelle Besson & Nelson Veras, Ibrahim Maalouf, Musiques à Ouïr, Régis Huby & Maria-Laura Baccarini, Lisa Simone, Gregory Porter, Maceo Parker, Oxmo Puccino, Yom, Alain Jean-Marie, Leïka, Stéphane Belmondo, Laurent Dehors, Keb’ Mo’, Eric Legnini & Hugh Coltman, Maryse Ngalula & Jean-Rémy Guédon, Mulatu Astatke, Eric Seva, Chloé Cailleton, Edouard Ferlet, Orchestre National du Jazz, Oihana, Lisa Doby, Keith B. Brown, Xavier Dessandre-Navarre.

• 2013 : Mozdzer / Danielsson / Fresco, Yom, Stéphane Galland, Guillaume Perret, Céline Bonacina, Elina Duni, Malted Milk, Milteau / Galvin / Robinson / Smyth, Mouton Réunion Quartet, Manu Katché, Edmar Castañeda, Roberto Fonseca, Flora Théfaine, Trombone Shorty, Marcus Wyatt, Hugh Masakela, Quai N° 5, Francesco Bearzatti, Patrice Caratini Jazz Ensemble, Big Daddy Wilson, Patrice Héral, Yilian Cañizares, Blue Gene, Pierrick Pédron, Sofie Sörman & Armel Dupas, Marcel & Solange, Mathis Haug, Kumquat, Hugues Mayot, Didier Ithursarry & Kristof Hiriart, Smadj.'

• 2014 : Colin Vallon, Paolo Fresu, Franck Tortiller, Didier Lockwood, Thierry Eliez, André Ceccarelli, David Enhco, Kamilya Jubran & Sarah Murcia, François Thuillier, Viret / Séva / Godard, Kyle Eastwood, Cody Chestnutt, Zalindé, Ablaye Cissoko & Volker Goetze, Manu Dibango, Mark Eliyahu, Bombay Offshore, Slime, Snarky Puppy, Daniel Mille & Sylvain Luc, Olivier Ker Ourio & L’Orkès Péï, Sébastien Boisseau & Mathieu Donarier, Pierre de Bethmann, Marc Ducret, Théo Ceccaldi, Didier Levallet, Tigran Hamasyan, Debademba, Mondogift, Faada Freddy, Fatoumata Diawara & Roberto Fonseca, Ensemble Art Sonic, Jean-Charles Richard, Émile Parisien & Vincent Peirani, Joshua Redman.


  1. ^ "Paris Jazz Festival ou la preuve que le jazz sait se réinventer" (in French). Télérama. 28 July 2014.
  2. ^ "Le Paris Jazz Festival fête ses vingt ans" (in French). France Télévisions. 6 June 2014.
  3. ^ "A fleur de jazz" (in French). Le Parisien. 11 July 2014.
  4. ^ Par TéléObsVoir tous ses articles (8 May 2014). "Paris Jazz Festival célèbre son 20e anniversaire". (in French). Retrieved 12 April 2015.
  5. ^ "PARIS JAZZ FESTIVAL 2014". Que Faire à Paris? (in French). Retrieved 12 April 2015.

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