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Nice Jazz Festival

The Nice Jazz Festival, held annually since on 25 February 1948 in Nice, on the French Riviera, is "the first jazz festival of international significance."[1] At the inaugural festival, Louis Armstrong and his All Stars were the headliners. It is during this first edition that Suzy Delair sings for the first time the song C'est si bon to a cabaret where Louis Armstrong ended his evening.[2][3] Frommer's calls it "the biggest, flashiest, and most prestigious jazz festival in Europe."[4]

Over the years, many artists, such as Riviera's biggest annual events."[8]

Set in the vast Jardins de Cimiez (which contains a Roman amphitheatre), the event features several separate stages where groups perform simultaneously each evening, for eight days in July.[4]

In 2011, following years of falling attendance, the festival was moved from Cimiez to the more centrally located Place Masséna. It was reported that about 30,000 spectators attended the five-day festival in 2011. The 2012 festival took place from July 8–12 and performers included Herbie Hancock, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Erykah Badu, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Gregory Porter and the Jimi Brown Experience.


  1. ^ Axelrod, Alan (1999). The Complete Idiot's Guide to Jazz. Alpha. p. 23.  
  2. ^ Shepherd, John (2003). Media, Industry and Society. Continuum International. p. 281.  
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (1995). The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Guinness. p. 3034.  
  4. ^ a b Porter, Darwin; Danforth Prince (2007). Frommer's Provence & the Riviera.  
  5. ^ Nicholson, Stuart (1993). Ella Fitzgerald: a biography of the first lady of jazz. Da Capo. p. 213.  
  6. ^ Smith, Jessie Carney; Shirelle Phelps (1996). Notable Black American women. Verlag für die Deutsche Wirtschaft. p. 310.  
  7. ^ Cole, George (2005). The Last Miles: The Music of Miles Davis, 1980-1991. U of Michigan P. p. 407.  
  8. ^ Porter, Darwin; Danforth Prince; Cheryl A. Pientka (2007). France for Dummies. For Dummies. pp. 45–46.  

External links

  • (English) & (French) Nice Jazz Festival official site
  • FR2DAY Music

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