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Paris Jazz Walking Tour: Dinner with Wine and Concert

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Activity provider: UTG EXPERIENCE

Paris Jazz Walking Tour: Dinner with Wine and Concert

Activity provider: UTG EXPERIENCE

From US$ 155.77 per person

Explore the neighborhoods and nightspots that inspired the Jazz Age writers and artists of Paris. Stroll the streets of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the Latin Quarter, and Les Halles. Dine at Le Duc des Lombards, a renowned club in the Châtelet district.

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Duration 3 hours
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English

Experience

Highlights
  • Enjoy a 1-hour walking tour through Paris as you learn about the jazz scene
  • Walk by neighborhood clubs that played important roles in the development of Parisian jazz culture
  • Finish your tour with dinner, wine, and a live concert at Le Duc des Lombards
Full description
On this 4-hour combined program you’ll start out with a walking tour and learn the history of jazz in Paris. The first stops are at 2 nearby cafés, Les Deux Magots and Café de Flore, which formed the epicenter for writers, intellectuals, and musicians. Jazz thrived in this open-minded circle of people. Farther along you’ll see the former location of Club Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Because performances were held in the cellars of the clubs, jazz fans became known as troglodytes, or cave dwellers. See the hotel where jazz greats Kenny Clarke and Bud Powell held late-night jam sessions after their gigs. Kenny Clarke’s bebop drum work changed the rhythm of jazz and allowed for greater exploration of the music. Stop near the site of the former Tabou club, where French writer, singer, songwriter, musician, and jazz promoter Boris Vian performed in 1947. Vian was instrumental in introducing American jazz greats to the in-crowd of Paris. Stopping near Pont Neuf, your guide will tell you about the jazz scene in Montmartre. The area, which once teemed with nightclubs, saw the development of the French chanson in the pre-WWI period. When jazz arrived in 1919, there was a clash between the traditionalists who admired the French chanson and those who preferred the new jazz style. You’ll continue into the 5th arrondissement to the Caveau de la Huchette, the oldest jazz club in Paris. Bebop jazz pianist Bud Powell played in the now-defunct Chat Qui Pêche, a club that stood across the street from the Caveau. In the vicinity are 2 other historic clubs that still feature jazz. Trumpeter and jazz singer Chet Baker and blues singer Memphis Slim performed here. Crossing the Seine River, you’ll make your way to the Châtelet district, and your final stop on the tour. There are several jazz clubs in this area, including Le Duc des Lombards, where you’ll enjoy dinner with wine, accompanied by a live concert.
Includes
  • Walking tour
  • Guide
  • Beer or wine in a Latin Quarter café brasserie
  • Dinner with wine
  • Live concert admission
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Transportation
  • Tips

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Meeting point

3 Place Saint-Germain des Prés, 75006 Paris, France (in front of the church). Your host will be wearing a blue badge with the tour partners logo around the neck.

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Overall rating

4.3 /5

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Top jazz experience in Paris

I highly recommend this tour to those with an interest in the history and performance of jazz in Paris. Nic was a friendly and knowledgeable guide and very familiar with the busy St Germain and Latin Quarter areas. It was nice to stop for a drink at a hotel where jazz musicians used to stay. The walk was easy and the Chez Papa jazz restaurant where we ended up for dinner was fantastic - first rate food, friendly staff and excellent musicians. Jazz lovers - don't miss this tour!

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June 28, 2015

jazz bar was good but other thing is

Meeting point is different from sended map Jazz bar was very good One schedule was missed

September 11, 2015

Fabulous!

Laurent was so engaging, so easy to be with. We loved the stroll, the history, the restaurant and the jazz.

May 12, 2017

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