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'Jazz à Juan' Festival Returns to Antibes for Summer 2021

The 60th edition of the festival returns to jazz up the streets of Antibes and Juan-les-Pins, and it will run throughout the summer!

2021 Jazz a Juan festival
THe 60th 'Jazz à Juan' festival confirmed from 21 June until 20 August © JAJ

One of the oldest jazz festivals in Europe, 'Jazz à Juan' brings together artists from all over the world to enliven the streets of Antibes and Juan-les-Pins through concerts, exhibitions and street art. Since its debut in 1960, the festival has attracted some of the biggest names in jazz music, including Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles, Sting, Norah Jones, and so many more and prides itself on the a variety of jazz styles including latin jazz, blues, electro-jazz and gospel.

Stevie Wonder at Jazz a Juan
Stevie Wonder © G. Lefrancq_OTC Antibes

In it's own walk of fame, the handprints of over 50 previous performers, including BB King, Pink Floyd, Dee Dee Bridgewater, George Benson, Eddie Louise and more are imprinted on the pavement by the Boulevard Edouard Baudoin in the Parc De La Pinède. Against a shimmering backdrop of Côte d'Azur waters, the festival's location provides the perfect chilled-out atmosphere for the smooth tones of jazz music to float through the seaside air.

Beautiful sea-front concerts! © G. Lefrancq_OTC Antibes

The line-up is packed, starting on 9 July with the season opener featuring MACEO PARKER "To Ray with Love", a tribute to Ray Charles, the Ray Charles Orchestra and the Raelettes, followed by the AVISHAI COHEN TRIO*. Worthy heir to Charles Mingus, long a protégé of Chick Corea, Avishai Cohen remains more than ever one of the most influential musicians on the current jazz scene. An tireless explorer, always ready to move the lines of genres, we know well the path of this gifted and all-terrain jazzman, drawing as much from Middle Eastern music as from Latin rhythms or pop. Instrumentalist, composer, singer, Avishai Cohen allows himself everything a free spirit can, embracing oriental and latin influences, mixing classical, flamenco, even pop!

The programme continues with Melody Gardot on the 10th, Wynton Marsalis on the 11th, Gregory Porter on the 12th, KimberRose on the 15th, Amadou & Miriam on the 16th... and so many more! For the full programme, click here:

*The opening night was originally scheduled with the Marcus Miller Band but the tour was cancelled for 2021.

JAJ welcomes Melody Gardot on 10 July © G. Lefrancq_OTC Antibes
Gregory Porter
GREGORY PORTER on 12 July. Photo: Ami Sioux
KIMBEROSE on 15 July. Photo: Clement-Dezelus-Azzedine-Alaia

Jammin'Juan summer sessions

Running alongside the Jazz á Juan festival, Jammin' Juan summer sessions brings a steady stream of live music! The festival opens this year on 21 June with two stages at the Petite Pinède in Juan-les-Pins and the Place Nationale in Antibes, as well as marching bands passing through the streets of the city. These street performances are a key part of the festival, initiated by the father of 'Jazz à Juan', Sidney Bechet. From July 6 to August 22, we can expect seven weeks of musical entertainment every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, plus a few extra dates. There will be nearly 40 free performances by marching bands and over 80 hours of music to jazz up the streets of Antibes and Juan-les-Pins!

On the Antibes bandstand, free concerts will be held on:

June 21 from 7 to 8:30 pm

July 17th and 19th from 8pm to 9pm.

From July 21 to August 20, every Wednesday and Friday, from 8 to 9:15 pm.

Click here for the programme.

At the Petite Pinède, free concerts will be held from 9 to 22 July - 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm. The schedule is still to be determined. Click here for updates.


Tickets for the main shows on the Boulevard Edouard Baudoin, such as the concerts of Melody Gardot, Kenny Garrett and Gregory Porter, among others, will be available to reserve online from 20 May 2021. Due to the possibility of cancelleations, tickets are currently being reserved and open for purchase once the concert is confirmed.

Book online:

With all these great musicians from around the world, the festival brings months of fun, jazzy and funky music and a very groovy atmosphere to Antibes and Juan-les-Pins!

- Georgina Findlay

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