(Photo by J. Albertos via Vigoenfotos)
La Défense is not exactly the kind of place you'd expect to have a jazz festival. The sky-scraping mini-city just to the west of Paris is constructed of business buildings and is the home of some 1,500 corporate headquarters, making it Europe's biggest business district. However, each summer, La Défense holds a one-week music celebration dedicated to discovering new and favorite jazz musicians from all over the world.
This Saturday kicks off the 100% free La Défense Jazz Festival with shows by the blues-rock L.A. band Vintage Trouble, the experimental afro-jazz of The Heliocentrics, and even includes a Saturday night performance by renowned jazz pianist Chick Corea. If you have to go to La Défense, this is a good reason.
La Défense Jazz Festival 2013
Saturday, 29 June - Sunday, 7 July
Métro: M1 to La Défense