The Improfessionals

February 7, 2010By Paris UpdateArchive

Suburban Jazz Hot

Marc Ribot, one of the featured artists at the 2005 Banlieues Bleues festival.

The French have a longstanding love affair with jazz, and Paris still has a number of fine jazz clubs featuring big international names and local favorites, but those seeking cutting-edge sounds are more likely to find them just outside the city in a couple of small suburban clubs that make an effort to program younger, more experimental groups: the popular Les Instants Chavirés, known for its experimental and improvisational bent, and Le Triton, a stylish, well-equipped club with a restaurant. Banlieues Bleues, a major jazz festival held in March and April that presents a wide variety of jazz styles, also takes place in a number of suburban venues. The Seine-Saint-Denis department, which has an active educational program called Jazz93 to promote jazz and assist musicians, stages concerts at the Triton.

Les Instants Chavirés: 7, rue Richard Lenoir, 93100 Montreuil. Métro: Robespierre. Tel.: 01 42 87 25 91.

Le Triton: 11 bis, rue de Coq Français, 93260 Les Lilas. Métro: Mairie des Lilas. Tel.: 01 49 72 83 13.

Jazz 93: 36, rue Pierre-et-Marie-Curie, 93170 Bagnolet. Tel.: 01 49 93 60 77. Fax: 01 49 97 19 33. E-mail:

Banlieues Bleues:

Tel.: 01 49 22 10 10.


© 2005 Paris Update


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