Nice Jazz Festival
Denis Korablev
  • 12.01.2020
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Nice Jazz Festival

Nice is an amazing city on the French Riviera with many beautiful places, natural and historical sights, museums and churches. This city with a rich historical past can entertain travelers not only with beautiful views and historically and culturally significant sites, but also with wonderful events, among which the Jazz Festival takes a special place.

Since 1948, Nice Jazz Festival is one of the oldest jazz festivals in Europe. The festival takes place in beautiful gardens between Place Massena and the coast. It takes place on two outdoor stages, each with 3 concerts per day, and the ticket gives you access to a variety of services, so you can switch between musical performances while traveling to numerous places with food and drink arrangements.

The 6-day festival has a bi-directional approach: a more private stage at the Théâtre Verduer, which is dedicated almost exclusively to jazz, and the Masséna stage (seating about 6,000 spectators!), offering slightly wider coverage, including music rock, pop, hip-hop and funk styles, capable of attracting a much larger audience.

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Event history

Jazz was brought to Nice with military personnel from the Second World War, in 1948 it was headlined by Django Reinhardt and Louis Armstrong. The first jazz festival in the world was held in Nice, and not in America, oddly enough. For the first time this landmark event took place in February 1948. In addition to Louis Armstrong, other stars also participated in it: Claude Lutter, Stéphane Grappelli, Django Reinhardt. This festival was a historic moment after which jazz could count on the general public in France. With his immense talent and magnetism of his presence, Louis Amstrong revealed the beauty of this music to many indeed. In 1971 - 1972, a performance took place at the Théâtre des Verdure on the coast of the French Riviera, which included: Ella Fitzgerald, Faroa Sanders, T-Bone Walker, Stephen Grappelli, the Herbie Hancock trio, Oscar Peterson, Roy Elridge, John Lewis, Al Gray, Percy Heath, Connie Key, Dizzy Gillespie, Daniel Humair, Sonny Stitt, Canonball Adderly, Charlie Mingus, etc.

In 1994 - 2010 the Grand Parade grows into the Nice Jazz Festival - the event gets its modern name.

In 2011 - 2012, the Mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, decides to manage the festival directly and return the flow of the event to the city center. 40 years later, the festival returns to its roots at the Théâtre de Verdure, while the Jazz Off takes place throughout the city.

2013 can be considered the year of renewal. In 2013, almost 38,000 people took part in the Nice Jazz Festival, attendance increased by almost 17% compared to 2012 and by more than 24% compared to 2011, among other things, contributing C2C, Earth Wind and Fire, Ben Harper, Maceo Parker, Chick Corea and Georges Benson.

In 2014, the prestigious festival is held on the Quai du Pillon. The Promenade du Paillon opened in October 2013 and the Nice Jazz Festival In and Off welcomed over 45,000 spectators who attended this open-air party eagerly awaited by all Riviera residents. Prominent artists have again performed on the stage of Masséna and Theater de Verdure - such as Richard Galliano, Kezia Jones, Ibrahim Maaluf, Joshua Redman and even living legends - such as the gypsy king, Deep Purple, and others.

In 2015, the Nice Jazz Festival welcomed the best representatives of the national and international music scene with a record attendance - over 60,000 people attended the event. Legends such as Charles Lloyd, Kenny Barron, Cerrone, The Roots or the Kool and the Gang were in attendance.

In 2016, after the drama that took place on the evening of July 14 on the Promenade des Anglais, the Prefecture of the Alpes-Maritimes and the city of Nice decided to cancel the Nice Jazz Festival, which was to begin on July 16.

In 2017, the Nice Jazz Festival returns and continues for 5 nights. Publication sponsor Herbie Hancock kicked off the festival with a speech promoting peace and hope. Each of the artists shared their condolences with the public for the victims of July 14, 2016. Attended by Ibrahim Maaluf, IAM, De La Soul, Deluxe, Yun San Na, Abdullah Ibrahim and Terence Blanchard, Kamasi Washington, Mary J. Blige and others.

2018 marked the 70th anniversary of the first jazz festival in the world. Biggest Stars gathered at the Jazz Festival - from Gregory Porter, one of the most charismatic performers of today's jazz, to Randy Weston including Massive Attack, Rod Scott, Jack Johnson, Joshua Redman, Billy Hart, Sune Kuti, Orelsan , Baptiste Trotignon, Melanie de Biasio, Gary Clark Jr., Avishai Cohen and others.

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