Welcome to one of Paris’ most elegant jazz clubs, Le Duc des Lombards.
The design of this place is nothing short of impeccable, adding to its commitment to give the musicians the best place to play in, along with the best listening environment for the audience.
The overall theme is based on a jazz symphony by Duke Ellington called Black, Brown and Beige, an epic 1943 piece performed at Carnegie Hall. Ellington introduced it as “a tone parallel to the history of the Negro in America”.
The whole experience of listening at this place starts at the entrance. Introducing you to the sophistication is the hostess, behind her desk in beige leather, a modern take on the big band musician stands of the mid 20’s. Ebony veneers, chocolate brown floors and quilted satin blue sound absorbing curtains all adds to The Duke oozing with Ellington style. Even the stage layout is considered. By adding some connection between musician and audience, you encircle the round stage.
Nearly all the big jazz names have played here over its 20 year history. The programme consists all styles of jazz and its won two awards for their support for jazz, including the ‘Django D’Or’ in 1998. Recent musicians/bands have included Ahmad Jamal, David Sanborn, Jamie Cullum, Soweto Kinch, Damon Brown Qrt, David Jean-Baptiste Qnt, the list frankly, goes on and on. Here’s a preview of the Joey Calderazzo Trio…
The format of the performances are the New York jazz club style, two performances of the same artist at around 8pm and 10pm. The pricing is a bit on the heavy side with the second performance sometimes reduced, the menu as good as all the nominations they’ve been given, and you are in Paris so you can excuse the wallet being a tad lighter.
Enjoy and do let us know what you think of Le Duc des Lombards.