19 Jul 2008 - 26 Jul 2008
One of the major jazz festivals of the world, this event attracts close to 50,000 visitors each year who come to listen to musicians play on stages in the beautiful setting of Nice's Cimiez Arenas and Gardens – a 2,000-year-old Roman amphitheatre. The focus is on jazz music but the festival embraces many musical genres with past performers including such legends as BB King, Bebel Gilberto and Jimmy Cliff as well as newer acts such as Jamiroquai, Joss Stone and Katie Melua. The history of this event stretches back to the 1940s and has grown in stature each year to become one of the greatest jazz festivals in the world.
Performers in 2008 include Diana Krall, Rufus Wainwright, Joan Baez and Bonobo.