30 Aug-10 Sept 2006. The Cit de la Musique hosts this annual jazz fest celebrating Afro-American history and music in the Parc de la Villette in the northeast of Paris. The programme opens with a concert by the legendary Ornette Coleman Quartet (Salle des Concerts, 30 Aug), followed by the Mingus Dynasty (31 Aug), Nguyn L Celebrating Jimi Hendrix (6 Sept), Archie Shepp (6, 8 & 9 Sept) and Gurus Jazzmatazz (9 Sept). As well as concerts, the festival offers master-classes and a Black Cinema Festival screening classic films including Shadows(1959) by John Cassavetes and Black Music, Black Power (1993) by Matthias Sanderson. A Love Supreme by Congolese playwright Emmanuel Dongala with live music from sax player Sbastien Jarousse (31 Aug-9 Sept) and dance with Boris Charmatzs Improvisations accompanied by Saul Williams (5 Sept), Archie Shepp (6 Sept) and Han Bennink (7 Sept) complete the programme. Admission 30/22/16/14, under-26 & unemployed 26/19/14.Under-18s 8. For times and events see website in French.
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Jazz at La Villette.
The Parc de la Villette is on Avenue Jean Jaures (19th arrondissement). Metro line 5 to Porte de Pantin & line 7 to Porte de la Villette. By bus lines PC2, PC3, 75 & 151, Nightbus E. Tel. +33 1 44844484