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Ibrahim Maalouf has Nice Jazz Festival sing along to his powerful energy / Hello Monaco review

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The capital of the Côte d'Azur actually hosted the world's very first Jazz Festival in 1948. It was in February right after the carnival when Nice welcomed the performers, who shared their catchy music that made people want to dance as though nobody else was around. The legendary Louis Armstrong and jazz violinist Stefan Grappelli, performed at this premiere on the Nice Opera and City Casino stage, that used to be part of Massena Square. The Negresco Hotel hosted the closing ceremony, where guests could enjoy the voices of Susie Delair and Yves Montand. This event was truly a turning point for jazz in France; jazz performers won a considerable French audience. Sadly, after its big premiere, the festival only returned to Nice 23 years later.

Nowadays the Jazz Festival is still held in Massena Square, but in the open air.  Musicians perform on two stages located in the Albert I garden. The audience is very mixed; from true jazz fans that rush to grab front row seats, to tourists and locals who enjoy the music chilled out sat on the grass. The repertoire is just as diverse. Last week the sound of music could be heard in Massena Square till late at night.

By 11 p.m. the area surrounding the Massena stage is packed, in anticipation of the evening's main musical event. In a few moments Ibrahim Maalouf, a trumpet virtuoso, would make the whole square sing along thanks to his incredibly powerful energy! Ibrahim is a French musician of Lebanese origin and a one-man orchestra. He plays both the trumpet and piano, skilfully intertwining Arabian motifs with jazz music.   READ THE FULL Hello Monaco REVIEW