France has always had a special place in its heart for jazz. Ever since the 369th Harlem Infantry Regiment band marched their music through French villages during the First World War, jazz has been played, celebrated and enjoyed through the decades in France. Have a look at the best places to see live jazz in the city...


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Café Laurent



Hidden on the ground floor of the charming Hôtel D’aubusson, Café Laurent mixes jazz with oodles of sophistication. The café has stayed true to its musical roots, continuing the tradition of hosting jazz evenings in their cosy lounge where you can sink into a cushioned upholster chair, with a cocktail in hand whilst you enjoy live jazz. 

Concerts from Wednesday to Saturday: 9pm to 10pm and 10:20pm to 11:30pm
Saturday: jazz piano solo aperitif from 6:30 pm to 8pm

33 rue Dauphine
6th arrondissement  

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Duc des Lombards

  ©    Philippe Marchin

© Philippe Marchin

Duc des Lombards has gone from strength to strength, and is now considered a flagship address in the Parisian jazz scene attracting a high class of performer, whether that be a local regular or acts at the forefront of the international scene.   

Concerts from Monday to Saturday: 7:30pm and 9:30pm
After Hours/Jam Sessions and free admission (compulsory drinks) every Friday and Saturday from 11:30pm

42 Rue des Lombards
1st arrondissement

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Sunset Sunside

Sunset Sunside is an intimate venue that gives you the chance to watch some great live jazz musicians up close. At this jazz bar you can expect a selection of more acoustic jazz musicians, but the jamming sessions leaves the floor open to plenty of surprise talents!  

Open 5:30pm-2am daily
Concert times vary

60 Rue des Lombards
1st arrondissement

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New Morning

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© Timeout Paris

In the past, New Morning has hosted many of Jazz greats, including Art Blakey, Archie Shepp and Chet Baker. Today, this venue plays a wider variety of music, featuring reggae, folk and rock gigs, however jazz is still an important musical genre in New Morning, so keep your eyes peeled for upcoming jazz concerts in the historic venue! 

Opening times vary according to their program

7-9 rue des Petites Ecuries

10th arrondissement 

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Caveau des Oubliettes

  ©  Caveau des Oubliettes   

© Caveau des Oubliettes


Every Tuesday evening the sound of live jazz fills this atmospheric venue. Wind your way down the stone stairs to the cave where you will be met with a full crowd ready to enjoy an evening of jamming. 

52 rue Galande
5th arrondissement 

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Caveau de la Huchette

 © Caveau de la Huchette

© Caveau de la Huchette

This medieval cellar has been a popular jazz venue for over 60 years, with all of the post-war jazz greats performing here. Take a trip to this ancient venue, where you can dance under the stone arch and listen to live orchestras, acoustic soloists and big brass bands!

Open Monday to Thursday and Sunday: 9:30pm- 2:30am
Friday and Saturday: 9:30pm- 4am

5 rue de la Huchette
5th arrondissement

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Paris Jazz festival

The Paris Jazz Festival is another fantastic way to hear talented jazz musicians play live in Paris. It's an annual summer event held on the grounds of the Parc Floral. The concerts take place every Saturday and Sunday throughout June and July. They are free, but there is a very reasonable fee to enter the Park, the gigs start around 3pm. 

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