The lineup for the 2016 Nice Jazz Festival has been announced, and continues the festival’s tradition of mixing it up, with a truly eclectic group of artists.

From the inaugural festival held way back in 1948 and featuring a certain Louis Armstrong and his All Stars, the Nice Jazz Festival has come a long way. And since leaving its home in Cimiez in 2011, and moving down into Place Masséna, it has grown in size and stature, and has been responsible for bringing jazz to the people.

The programme for the 2016 festival has just been announced, and as was to be expected, features a diverse line-up of both local and international talent. Our picks include the Avishai Cohen Quartet on Saturday, George Clinton on Sunday, and Massive Attack on the Tuesday. And while you’re at it, why not drop in to see the great Robert Plant too!

The 2016 Nice Jazz Festival runs from Saturday 16th to Wednesday, 20th July, taking place on two stages, one in Place Masséna and the other in the neighbouring Théâtre de Verdure.

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The programme for the 2016 festival is as follows:-


Masséna Stage

8:00pm – The James Hunter Six
9:15pm – Guts Live Band + guest
11:00pm – Melody Gardot

Théâtre de Verdure Stage

7:30pm – Leyla McCalla
8:45pm – Daniel Friedman Quintet feat. Jason Linder and Nir Felder
22:30pm – Avishai Cohen Quartet feat. Bill McHenry


Masséna Stage

11:00am – The London Community Gospel Choir
8:00pm – Tiggs Da Author
9:15pm – George Clinton
11:00pm – Parov Stelar

Théâtre de Verdure Stage

7:30pm – Becca Stevens Band
8:45pm – Cory Henry and the Funk Apostles
22:30pm – Snarky Puppy


Masséna Stage

7:45pm – Con Brio
9:00pm – Hyphen Hyphen
10:30pm – Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters

Théâtre de Verdure Stage

7:30pm – Géraldine Laurent Quartet
8:45pm – Laura Mvula
22:30pm – Steps Ahead – Reunion Tour


Masséna Stage

8:00pm – Gallant
9:15pm – Ibrahim Maalouf “Red and Black Light”
11:00pm – Massive Attack

Théâtre de Verdure Stage

7:30pm – Nicolas Viccaro “Intensions!”
8:45pm – Yaron Herman & Ziv Ravitz “Everyday”
22:30pm – The Cinematic Orchestra


Masséna Stage

8:00pm – Deluxe
9:15pm – Brigitte
11:00pm – Youssou N’Dour et le Super Étoile de Dakar

Théâtre de Verdure Stage

7:30pm – Spirale Trio
8:45pm – Scofield / Mehldau / Guiliana
22:30pm – Abdullah Ibrahim Quarter

Nice Jazz Festival 2016 lineup
Tickets for each evening cost €37, and maybe reserved online. There are also 2 day passes, costing €63, and a 5 day pass for €135, also available online.

Nice Jazz Festival 2016
Jardin Albert I
Place Masséna
06000 Nice


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Lead image via Massive Attack Facebook page; all other images courtesy Nice Jazz Festival

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