Duc des Lombards
Rue des Lombards, the small street halfway between Place du Châtelet and the Pompidou centre, became a major artery within the Paris jazz scene thanks in large part to the Duc des Lombards. Since 1984 this modest venue (in size only) has proven that jazz is not measured in square metres.
Its stage has been graced with the biggest national and international names, including the likes of Eric Truffaz, Baptiste Trotignon, Melody Gardot, Benny Golson… When it comes to musical style, the Duc covers a broad range, from free-jazz to hard bop and gypsy. The talented Sébastien Vidal directs the critically acclaimed programming, when he is not hosting the authoritative radio show, TSF Jazz.
An intimate setting
Live concerts are held every night from 8pm to 10pm. On Fridays the music extends into “After Hours,” with lively jam sessions by the Jon Boutellier quartet that go late into the night. Acclaimed professionals, along with young beginners rave over the venue’s exceptional acoustics and the close proximity between performers and the audience.
Unlike many jazz clubs, the Duc des Lombards goes for a contemporary look, with modern design chairs, round pedestal tables in light wood, classy lighting and video projections. On the first floor mezzanine there is a restaurant open until 11pm, where you can snack on a charcuterie platter or a tortellini dish, and regain your strength after a stirring performance.
Access and contact
Metro : Lines 11, 1, 4, 7, 14 - Rambuteau, Châtelet, Les Halles
RER : A, B, D - Châtelet - Les Halles
Days and opening hours
Every day throughout the year. Closed on Sunday. From monday to thrusday from 7pm to 11:30pm > Concerts from 07.30pm to 09.30pm (around 75 minutes each)
Friday and saturday from 7pm to 3:30am > Concerts at 07.30pm and 09.30pm (around 75 minutes each).