Bowie-themed Nice Jazz Fest Line Up Announced

Nice Jazz Festival logo 2016 with Melody Gardot

Melody Gardot, godmother of 2016 Nice Jazz Festival. Photo by Alain Morana

The Nice Jazz Festival 2016 line up has just been unveiled, and headliners run the musical gamut from the sultry Melody Gardot (pictured) to Snarky Puppy; George Clinton to Massive Attack; and Avishai Cohen to Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters (?!)

Speaking of shifting, the dates of the Nice Jazz Fest have been pushed forward to mid-July to follow on the tail of the Euro16 fan-zone frenzy.

As a tribute to David Bowie, the ultimate shape-shifter, not only are the nightly themes all named after iconic Bowie albums, but several of the New York jazz musicians that collaborated with Bowie on his final and most jazz-oriented album, Blackstar, will be present and playing:

  • Saturday July 16 – Changes (Jason Linder with Daniel Freedman Quintet)
  • Sunday July 17 – Let’s Dance
  • Monday July 18 – Space Oddity (Donny McCaslin playing with Steps Ahead)
  • Tuesday July 19 – Blackstar
  • Wednesday July 20 – Heroes (Mark Guiliana playing with John Scofield)

Click here to go to the official Nice Jazz Festival site for the complete program.

Although ticket prices are up a bit from last year, the Nice Jazz Festival still remains the most affordable bang-for-the-buck jazz fest on the Riviera, with 6 concerts a night for 35€ (if you buy before May 15) or just 29€ if you fall into one of the numerous reduced ticket categories (25 and under, 65 and over, students of any age, etc.) Click here for ticket and discount info.

As always, Sunday will feature a free Gospel Mass at 11am with the London Community Gospel Choir.  

Click here for all the details of the Nice Jazz Festival in Englishand click on the video below for a little taste of what’s to come…!

Photo credits: Melody Gardot and Nice Jazz Festival Grid by Alain Morana, Best of Nice.

See Related Pages on other main July Riviera Jazz Fests: Jazz à Juan, Vence Nuits du Sud, and Beaulieu Guitar Festival.   And of course,  Jazz Clubs in Nice

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