The days of Miles Davis hanging out with Juliette Gréco in Saint Germain may be long gone, but the scene is alive and well. If anything, in the intervening decades it's stepped down from its elite pedestal and gradually become more democratic: venues boast more promotional offers than ever, and it's now possible to catch a gig without breaking the piggy.
The Jazz sur Seine festival will do this welcome trend no harm. The idea is to bring jazz back to its roots as a popular art form. Hence the €10 tickets for students and jobseekers, and a €40 special offer on three tickets. And don't think that cheap tickets mean a poverty of choice – boasting 115 concert in 18 venues across 13 days, the festival will have something for all.
The scene's legends – Daniel Humair, Alain Jean-Marie – will be present and correct. You'll also be able to catch some rising Parisian stars: Thomas Encho, Vincent Peirani, Logan Richardson. If a bit of fusion is what rocks your trombone, then make sure to catch Kneebody, the LA group known for their work with Flying Lotus's Brainfeeder label. And for those who've only ever tapped their feet to 'Take Five' and want to learn more, dedicated workshops are also available to initiate you into the shifting world of jazz.