Paris has a long history of jazz...

...from the time of legends like Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis playing in its many famous clubs to Django Rheinhardt living and composing music throughout various spells of his life. And that long history continues with its 33rd annual Banlieues Bleues Jazz Festival, a celebration of jazz taking place in the northern suburbs of Paris. 


Taking in not just classical jazz, but other genres like experimental, Afro-Cuban and acid, the springtime festival takes place across 20 venues in the Seine-St-Denis region, just north of Paris but still reachable by Metro. A full programme is available to see here, but be warned as the site is completely in French. Tickets are roughly 15-20 Euros per show, but if you fancy taking in more than one then you can get a ‘Pass Festival Card’, which gives you four shows for 20 Euros plus reduced entry for all other gigs as well.  

This Saturday, the American trumpeter Leron Thomas – who’s worked with Kanye West and been compared to TV On The Radio – will be joining the dots between soul, funk, jazz and pop at Le Dynamo. Listen to his single 'Role Play' above to get in the right groove.

The Banlieues Blues Festival will be head at different locations across north Paris. To get the Leron Thomas concert at Le Dynamo from Generator Paris, simply take the Metro 7 from Louis Blanc to the station Aubervilliers - Pantin - Quatre Chemins.