05 Oct Mourning the Loss of Favorite Jazz Spot in Paris
Jazz in New Orleans is the real deal – something special to witness first hand. If you have never been there to be in a jazz club you are truly missing one of life’s best venues for music. Before I ventured into Le Bilboquet in Paris I was completely skeptical. I thought “How could anyone beat the vibe in New Orleans?” But, knowing that the greats like Duke and Miles played there assured me this was going to be a cool place. Once I stepped inside, I was hooked!
Le Bilboquet was located in the hip 6th arrondissement by the famous cafés Les Deux Magots and de Flore, not far from La Sorbonne where students, artists, poets and fashionistas mix with ease. With red velvet walls, high open ceilings and a jazz pit centered in the middle of the great bar room this was the place where we gal pals used to feel completely immersed in Paris. The sultry music seemed even more so with a French accent and the fact that so many of the French were singing and swaying along was fantastic! The best seats in the house, apart from right around the pit, were up in the balcony. From there it seemed like the energy was rising from the bottom and peaking up where we were perched around a tiny table sharing food and drinks while yelling to one another how fabulous it was to have this unique experience.
As far as I am concerned, Paris lost one of its National Treasures when the doors closed at Le Bilboquet! What places in Paris hold special places in your heart that are no longer there? Please share with us!