La Défense Jazz Festival returns in 2021

La Défense Jazz Festival (c) Maxime Affre

It is THE most popular musical festival in the capital and an event not to be missed under any circumstances! It is above all the first jazz festival of the 2021 season which will once again take place on the parvis de La Défense from 21 to 27 June. The unmissable event to start the summer off right!

In 2021, the festival will offer a new series of concerts on the esplanade of Paris La Défense in the open air. You will love the lunchtimes and evenings at La Défense, punctuated by completely free concerts. At lunchtime and in the evening afterwork during the aperitif, various artists from different musical backgrounds will perform, a musical stroll, magical moments for all jazz and music lovers, to be heard on the esplanade. A unique and free event not to be missed to celebrate the arrival of summer with a sunny break in music!

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In 2021, 44th edition of the "La Défense Jazz Festival" in Paris

The 44th edition will once again take place in the open air with an eclectic programme featuring some of the biggest names on the music scene as well as some great discoveries. The opportunity for some artists to reconnect with the public for the first time after a year without a venue and without a concert with a 2020 edition that had seen its organisation postponed.

Whether you are a music lover or not, a jazz, hip-hop, electro or world music fan, there is no doubt that this programme will not leave you indifferent. It is an opportunity to discover or rediscover the great names of contemporary jazz, jazz legends and urban music. This year again, La Défense Jazz Festival will kick off the summer season with the Fête de la Musique and will last for a week to make us forget this complicated year. Don't they say that music softens the mood?

What could be better than a festival starting on 21 June to mark the beginning of the summer...

In 2021, 44th edition of the national jazz competition at Paris La Défense

Organised by the Hauts-de-Seine department since 1977, the La Défense National Jazz Competition is considered the most prestigious in France. All jazz styles can participate, it is a real springboard for groups or instrumentalists; the many winners of previous competitions have since gone on to brilliant careers. In parallel, the first edition of its namesake, the La Défense Jazz Festival, was held in 1992.

Are you part of an emerging group on the jazz scene and do you live in France? Are you not afraid of performing in front of thousands of spectators? You have until 28 May to register for the 44th La Défense National Jazz Competition, which is open to emerging jazz bands of all ages and nationalities. The prizes awarded to the winners range from €1,500 for an instrumentalist to €5,000 for a group, not to mention the prestige of making a name for oneself on a renowned music scene while participating in a high-level competition.

A total of 6 groups will be selected after the jury has listened to the demos and analysed the projects. They will perform on the stage of the Défense Jazz Festival for a 30-minute concert on 23 and 24 June 2021. At the end of their performance, the winners of this 44th edition will be chosen after a 30-minute individual interview, a privileged exchange with a jury specialised in jazz, made up of journalists, broadcasters, programmers, press officers and tour operators. Who will have the honour of stepping on this ephemeral stage installed at the foot of the famous towers of the La Défense district?

Looking back on the previous edition

In 2020, the 43rd edition was exceptionally moved to September. Rediscover it!