The annual festival attracts the big names of jazz to the Roman city of Vienne, south of Lyon in the Rhone valley. The main stage is spectacular: it’s in the great Roman amphitheatre which was built to hold 13,000 spectators and was one of the greatest urban theatres of the Roman Empire.
Today the shouts of gladiators and the rumbling of chariots is replaced by names like the Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club, Marcus Miller, Chick Corea, Celine Bonacina, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Ramsey Lewis, Santana and George Benson. There are four different stages and plenty of jazz in the towns and villages around. You can also sign up for workshops at the Academie du Jazz.
Vienne has a great last Saturday night, with music played throughout from 8.30pm to 6am the following morning when coffee and croissants are served.
Tickets 32 euros to 46 euros
Where to Stay
Grand Hotel de la Poste
47 cours Romestang
Tel.: 00 33 (0)4 74 85 02 04
Rooms recently renovated and decorated in bright colors make this a very good valueoption. But ask for a room overlooking the courtyard which will be quieter.
- Price Band: $