Paris Jazz Clubs Overview

Duc des Lombards - Jazz Club in Paris

Jazz may have originated in New Orleans over in the United States, but jazz clubs have found a welcome home away from home in Paris for years. In fact, many jazz historians argue that jazz was better received over on this side of the Atlantic than anywhere else, and that African American jazz musicians especially owe the global power of jazz to the music’s (and the musicians’) early support in Paris.

Throughout the 20s, Montmartre was a major hotspot for jazz and where many African American musicians lived, and it’s still the location of several stellar Paris jazz clubs like Bricktop’s and Le Grand Duc. Since then, of course, the prevalence of venues with jazz on the schedule has exploded all over Paris, from dark and intimate cave clubs to warehouse-sized showcases.

Jazz fans definitely won’t want to miss Sunset/Sunside, known far and wide for booking the best acts in town. The two combined jazz clubs are situated smack dab in the middle of Paris, near Les Halles and the Centre Pompidou, and offer incredible acoustics designed especially for listening to jazz. The intimate underground Sunset concert hall hosts the more traditional jazz gigs, while the upstairs Sunside books contemporary electro-jazz groups and piano virtuosos. Le Baiser Salé (The Salty Kiss), meanwhile, has been a Paris jazz institution since the early 80s, and features a roster of world-class musicians and jam sessions.

Head out into the streets, mon ami, there are jazz clubs in Paris waiting for you.

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