The Miami Nice Jazz Festival is a jazz festival scheduled in the city of Miami which is aimed at linking the city of Nice’s and Miami’s common love of jazz.
It is a continuation of the original festival which started in 1948 in Nice, France and is considered to be one of the oldest international festivals of its kind and an important musical reference in jazz.
MIAMI NICE JAZZ FESTIVAL
The Nice Jazz Festival has been a true landmark and a powerful cultural asset, promoting the city of Nice internationally.
In 1986, Miami and Nice came together as sister cities. Because of this relation, in the summer of 2011 Philippe Pautesta-Herder had the idea to export this musical event to Miami.
One aim of the Miami Nice Jazz Festival was to develop their kinship through cultural exchanges between museums and universities in both cities and also through educational exchanges.
Because of the bonds between the cities, the Miami Nice Jazz Festival has received the support from the city of Nice, its mayor, Christian Estrosi, and the city of Miami.
One of the particularity of the Miami Nice Jazz Festival was that the jazz ensembles from Florida International University school of music and University of Miami school of music has been decided to be presented during the festival preceding the headlining performances.
The Evolution of the Festival
Nice, ha, fact is that France has been known for jazz since its inception of its first jazz festival.
Created in 1948, it took place in the elegant Opéra de Nice.
This was the venue for concerts, one of the early theatres to broadcrast radio.
The Nice Jazz festival received its popularity due to big names such as Louis Armstrong, arousing the audience’s enthusiasm.
The next installment of the Nice Jazz Festival was held 23 years later, in 1971 and 1972 in the Théâtre de Verdure’ and in the Albert I square.
Notable artists were: Ella Fitzgerald, Helen Humes, Pharoah Sanders, T-Bone Walker, John Lewis, Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis.
Since the reincarnated Nice Jazz Festival in 1971, it has been a recurring event each year with great popularity in France.
Since 2011, the Nice Jazz Festival has been run by Christian Estrosi, the mayor of Nice. More than 30,000 visitors attended in 2011.