July 17-21, 2020
In 70 years, the Nice Jazz Festival has become a legendary musical event on the Côte d’Azur. First jazz festival in the world, it is still today a special time full of emotion where the legends of yesterday and the talents of tomorrow meet.
WORLD’S NO. 1 JAZZ FESTIVAL
Nice Jazz Festival: legendary place where the memory of jazz is created!
In February 1948, after the Carnival, the city of Nice created the first jazz festival in the world. Louis Armstrong & The All Stars, Django Reinhardt, Yves Montant and other emblematic characters of the time gathered for the very first time in Nice, the capital of the Côte d’Azur. At the time, the event was divided between the Nice Opera House and the Municipal Casino on Place Masséna (where the water mirror is today) ending in style at Hôtel Negresco.
THE MYTHICAL ERA OF THE ARÈNES DE CIMIEZ
The Nice Jazz Festival filled the Arènes de Cimiez gardens with sound!
Between 1974 and 2010, the Nice Jazz Festival, called for a while La Grande Parade, filled the Arènes de Cimiez with sound. The more nostalgic miss the place and the festive atmosphere that reigned there. Admittedly, access was more complicated but its magical setting contributed to the popularity of the event. Since 2011, the Nice Jazz Festival has returned to Nice city centre and is now divided between the Masséna temporary stage especially created in Jardin Albert 1er) and the Théâtre de Verdure.
THE BLIND PASS FOR THE NICE JAZZ FESTIVAL
A great way to enjoy the 5 evenings of Nice Jazz Festival!
Every year, the city of Nice and the Nice Jazz Festival offer the possibility of obtaining limited edition “blind” seats. Called the Blind Pass, the precious open sesame is usually available from the end of the festival until the official announcement of the next festival program. Costing €99, it gives access to the 2 stages during the 5 evenings of the Nice Jazz Festival and offers the opportunity to attend the concerts of 30 national and international artists.
THE “OFF” NICE JAZZ FESTIVAL IN NICE
Don’t miss the program of events…
The Nice Jazz Festival begins in the four corners of the city on 21 June. For a month, events and concerts are organized in some thirty partner establishments under the FRIENDS of the festival label. From the Hard Rock Café stage to the patio of the Hôtel Ellington Nice, the rooftop of Hôtel Aston La Scala, the Altra Casa terrace and even the DUNCAN boutique which organizes a concert in the street, music fills the whole city.
AN ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY JAZZ FESTIVAL
Committed to a sustainable development policy, Nice has made the Nice Jazz Festival environmentally-friendly. Pocket ashtrays are distributed to smokers and 60 waste sorting points are available to keep the site clean. Reusable cups in the event’s colours are handed out at all the drinks stands. The festival-goers can either return them after the concerts and recover their €1 deposit or keep it as a souvenir.
1948-2018: 70 YEARS OF EXCEPTIONAL ARTISTS
Even after 70 years, the Nice Jazz Festival is still where the legends of jazz meet up.
Over the years, the event has expanded to include current music – recent years have been marked by eclectic programming bringing together artists from all backgrounds. Among the most striking: Jamie Cullum, Kool & The Gang, Massive Attack, IAM, Herbie Hancock, Mary J. Blige or the R’n’B legend Lauryn Hill who in 2015 gave one of the most unforgettable performances of the festival.
The Nice Jazz Festival
NICE JAZZ FESTIVAL
Every day since July 2015 I have been sharing my Côte d’Azur favourites on the Mister Riviera blog – there are some great trendy gourmet addresses, my shopping guide and the program of amazing concerts and festivals held on the Côte d’Azur.
By Mickaël Mugnaini, Mister Riviera Blog