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Best 5 jazz festivals in France on summer 2018
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Best 5 jazz festivals in France on summer 2018

Indeed, France can be certainly called one the of the most musical countries in the world, famous for its legendary festivals and huge music shows. The half of the year 2018 is already passed but some good jazz festivals are still about to come. Keep an eye on this 5 events taking place in France this year and don’t forget to add them to your bucket list.

Juan-Les-Pins festival

Jazz à Juan is one of the the oldest jazz festivals in Europe which takes place every year at the Gould Pine Grove on the South of France, in Juan-les-Pins. Created in 1960, this event regroups the biggest names of jazz such as Salif Keita, Diana Krall, Marcus Miller, and Wynton Marsalis.

The festival stage is located in the amazing pine-scented beach park right on the Mediterranean seaside. This year 58th edition of the jazz festival will take place, and numerous artists will express themselves in a variety of genres: Blues, Latin Jazz, Cool Jazz, Free Jazz, Jazz- Rock, Modern Jazz or Electro-Jazz.

  • Place: Juan-Le-Pins, French Riviera
  • Dates: from 12 to 22 July 2018
  • Official Website: jazzajuan.com
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Seaside of Juan-Les-Pins

Jazz in Marciac

This significant jazz festival takes place over a period of three weeks and welcomes more than 200,000 visitors every year.
Originally dedicated to traditional jazz, the festival, created in 1978, diversifies under the leadership of Jean-Louis Guilhaumon. Afterwords, it becomes in one of the most important musical events in France and Europe. The legendary Wynton Marsalis, author of Marciac Suite, is a festival ambassador and he is present there every edition since 1991. How it was in 2017

  • Place: Marciac
  • Dates: from 27 july to 15 august 2018
  • Official Website: jazzinmarciac.com
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Jazz orchestra in Marciac

Jazz in Ramatuelle

Ramatuelle Jazz Festival is created in 1986 and it is spesialized mostly on the swing jazz. Various American and European artists such as Peirani & Friends, File Under Zawinul, WeAre4 and Fred Hersch Trio will inspire you from the scene. Moreover, every evening from 18:30 and 22:45 concerts of local musicians will be organized on the Festival Off stage for free.

By the way, Ramatuelle is a beautiful resort on the picturesque French Riviera. This cosy town has one of the most famous beaches in the world - Pampelonne beach. Its sandy seaside is stretching out over close to 5 km. Above all, the Pampelonne beach still remembers steps of Brigitte Bardot, Sylvester Stallone, Claudia Schiffer, Elton John, Johnny Hallyday, Paris Hilton etc.

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Pampelonne beach

Nice Jazz Festival

This festival takes a very important place in the world of jazz. Just imagine, first edition was set up in 1948 and its headliner was Louis Armstrong himself! Since its creation in 1974, the Nice Jazz Festival pleases its fans every year in July for 5 days.
Surely, nowadays it is one of the hugest and most significant europeen music events. Futhermore, now it is presented in various genres besides jazz: reggae, electro and even hard rock musicians perform there.

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Place Massena, Nice

Jazz between the two towers

It is a relatively new jazz festival started in 1998 in La Rochelle, the city in western France on the Bay of Biscay, a part of the Atlantic Ocean. This event welcomes french national and regional musicians as well as international ones. For sure, they are all driven by desire to show the best of their talent across the festival’s nine days.
By the way, there will be some free and fee-paid concerts organized, but also different educational activities, photo exhibitions and various conferences.

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La Rochelle

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