Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Goodbye 7 Lezards - goodbye to one great jazz cafe in Paris

Well, a brief note is in order for the passing of the venerable 7 Lezards jazz club and cafe in the Marais in Paris. It had been around for years and its wonderful ceiling mural of the heads of the jazz greats had hung over many a fine concerts. On the, 'oh well, at least' side of things, I did hear through the grapevine that they received a very fine settlement/buy out from the Ville de Paris, which is setting up some sort of community liason house there... so I hope she pocketed a bit of cash after years in the non-lucrative world of jazz!

in upcoming news the next few weeks feature the
Banlieues Blues Festival

this remarkable little festival happens just over the edge of Paris, in St. Ouen, which is turning into one of the new havens of musical and artistic activity as rents skyrocket in the city and force the arts scene over the border... From the 14th of March to the 18th of April there is a selection of newcomers, old timers, roots musicians and avant-gardists. Click through to their site on the title above or check out our Best Of section (the link on the right) for some details of what's playing there and some other weekly options.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Just don't miss

Well the big concert in the next couple of weeks would be the the fabulous Martial Solal at Theatre du Chatelet on the 15th of March. He'll be doing duets with the amazing gypsy guitarist Bireli Lagrene, and the Eric Le Lann on Trumpet, and the vocal stylings of Claudia Solal. The Danish Bassist Mads Vinding and drummer Roy Haynes (who's played with Charlie Parker and Sarah Vaughan)round out the evening. Here's a link to Chatelet and here's a taste of Martial and Eric