Paris, France

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Overview

Dive into the musical history of Paris' Jazz Age with a 3-hour walking tour that concludes with dinner and a jazz performance. Visit the iconic nightclubs, bars and neighborhoods of Les Halles, the Latin Quarter and St-Germain-des-Prés to see where Jazz Age artists spent their time. Stop at famous spots like Le Caveau de la Huchette and Les Deux Magots before ending with a 3-course dinner and concert of live jazz at Le Duc des Lombards. Group size is limited to 15 ensuring personalized attention from your guide.
  • 4-hour walking tour of Paris' past and present jazz scene
  • Explore the vibrant neighborhoods of St-Germain-des-Prés, the Latin Quarter and Les Halles, where Paris' jazz culture thrives
  • Discover famous cafes, brasseries and venues such as Les Deux Magots and Le Caveau de la Huchette, Paris’ oldest jazz club
  • Hear stories of early 20th-century jazz greats such as Kenny Clarke and Bud Powell
  • Stop for a drink and soak up the atmosphere of a Latin Quarter cafe
  • Enjoy a 3-course dinner and live jazz concert at the famous Le Duc des Lombards jazz club
  • Small-group tour limited to 15 ensures a more personalized experience
Begin your jazz tour of Paris in the  St-Germain-des-Prés neighborhood, where you'll meet your guide. This, along with the nearby districts of Les Halles and the Latin Quarter, was a center for jazz in Paris during the 1920s. Famous jazz musicians from within France and outside the country made frequent stops in this part of the city in underground clubs and bars.

Walk to two famous neighborhood cafes – Les Deux Magots and Café de Flore – as you hear stories of the history of jazz music in the French capital. These cafes are popular stops for tourists today, and during the Jazz Age were popular haunts for jazz musicians as well as writers, artists and other intellectuals. Stop to see where the underground Club St-Germain-des-Prés – a common stop for American and French jazz artists – once was. Learn how basement clubs like this one are what gave jazz fans the nickname of troglodytes, meaning 'cave-dwellers.'

Pause to see the hotel where jazz performers like Bud Powell and Kenny Clarke led jam sessions late into the night – and where Clarke's signature bebop drumming was perfected – in the 1920s and 1930s. Visit the club called La Chat Qui Pêche, where Powell's bebop piano was often heard.

See the site of the famous Le Tabou nightclub. In the early 1950s, this was the club where French musician Boris Vian helped bring American jazz musicians to the attention of the club's hip clientele. Take a break at a cafe in the Latin Quarter to hear more about the evolution of jazz in the city, from the folk music known as Chanson Française that was popular before World War I to jazz being introduced in 1919, when the shift in musical styles wasn't accepted by everyone.

Pay a visit to the oldest jazz club in the city, Le Caveau de la Huchette, before heading over the Seine on the Pont Neuf to the last stop on your tour – a jazz show and dinner at Le Duc des Lombards in Les Halles. It's one of the city's best-known jazz clubs, and you'll enjoy a 3-course dinner while you sit back and revel in the music of a 1.5-hour performance.

The menu for dinner varies; see a sample menu in the Itinerary section below.

Itinerary

Sample Menu
Starter:
  • Duck foie gras with fruit chutney
Main course:
  • Chicken supreme and ratatouille with mozzarella and basil
Dessert:
  • Cheesecake with cherry jam
Drinks:
  • One glass of wine or 1 beer

Reviews

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L
, Mar 2018

Simply amazing!

J
, Jan 2018

It was great wandering the streets of Paris with the guide pointing out many things. The jazz session at the Duc du Lombards was very good, the food quite good.

T
, Dec 2017

We had a wonderful tour. Our guide gave insightful history and being a musician himself helped cover the current jazz scene. We felt comfortable with our guide while walking through many areas of the city we had not visited before.
The jazz club had a front row table reserved for us. Great tour!

G
, Nov 2017

Great tour...

k
, Aug 2016

This never happened. I was at the appointed meeting spot and was there for an hour, never finding anyone that remotely resembled a guide. I had left several voice mails that night and had sent email to no avail. I received no communication in return. This was extremely disappointing to me.

C
, Jul 2016

My wife and I had a fantastic time on the tour. Laurent had a rich background of knowledge of all places we visited - he made St Germain come alive with jazz greats of the past. The club was fantastic - an intimate gathering of music lovers enjoying some outstanding New Orleans jazz. We will definitely go on this tour again.

L
, Jul 2016

Excellent show, great guide and outstanding evening in Paris. Perfect for jazz lovers and history buffs looking to understand World War I and II night life and entertainment. High quality dinner and bottle of wine, too.

j
, Jul 2016

Laurent was a very informative guide who led us around the Saint Germain des Pres area, showing us jazz clubs and filling us in on the history of jazz in Paris. The dinner and music at the Duc Des Lombards was fantastic! The Joscho Stephan Trio were great. I highly recommend this club, the attentive waiter, the great music. Really worthwhile evening.

K
, Jun 2016

Great food and excellent music.

V
, Jun 2016

Worst evening I have had, After all the drama, of the cancelling my ticket last minute, all I got
- a tour with just me,
- was a walk around for an hour not 3 as promised,
- stopped for a drink which I paid for both of us
- dumped at a Concert left to sit on my own, I thought this was going to be a tour with other people.

After I specifically told the guide my preferences being Trad or blues, I totally dislike Modern Jazz and put it in the same category as Rap Crap or Techno rubbish, that I didnt consider it music just noise as there is nothing tuneful about it, I was assured that this would not be the case.
- The food was mediocre at best
- I had to send the wine back because it was undrinkable they then after complaining sent me a drinkable one
- To top it off Modern Jazz ! I asked if there was going to be other music I was told that this was it,

So I left after the first bracket, my ears couldnt take any more, I feel totally ripped off. I thought that it was going to be a walking tour around different Jazz clubs experiencing different music etc. instead all it was, was a walk around closed venues, and just pointed as to where it happens, and left at the worst venue, my ears are still recovering.


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