The Paris Jazz Festival is a two month celebration each June and July. Held at the beautiful Parc Floral de Paris, it is actually a free event, you just need to pay park admission, which is pretty cheap- 5.50 for an adult, child (7-25y.o) 2.75. You can even get a season pass to the park for 20 euros per adult (you need photo ID for that). The season pass lasts from May to November and covers both the Paris Jazz Festival and the Festival Classique au Vert later in the year. That's outstanding value!
It was such an amazing concert. Held as part of the South African Season 2012-2013. There have been many other events including the Nelson Mandela exhibition at the Hotel de Ville and even the Eiffel Tower being lit in the colours of South Africa.
|His whole band was fantastic|
It's hard to capture the vibrancy and energy of his performance in these still photos. This next one shows a little more.
Hugh Masekala can squat more than any 74 year old man than I've ever seen. And he said that they played in Munich the night before, finished at 1am, and had to be up at 4am for the trip to Paris. It was hot too- 35+.
Mr Wicker (quite the hifi nerd) thinks that it was the best sound of any concert he's ever been to.
I had quite a bit of trouble finding information about where the concert was (especially in English), so thought I would give a few pointers for others looking to go to concert at Parc Floral.
Catch the Metro to Chateau de Vincennes. It's at the Eastern end of Line 1. Then a nice 10 minute walk around the eastern side of the Chateau which brings you to Esplanade Saint Louis at the rear of the Chateau. There is a park entrance on that corner. There are buses that service the park too with a stop right at the entrance.
We weren't sure where to go, but everyone else seemed to know.
Concerts are (usually) held in Espace Delta Concerts, near the big blue lake there.
There is a seated area in front of the stage. We only got there about 45 minutes before the concert started and had no trouble getting a seat. It was standing room later. Many people were picnicing around the park, I imagine that they would have heard it well too, although it is much better to get close and see the show.
I still have Bring Him Back Home ringing in my ears!
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from Paulita at An Accidental Blog