Happy 35th Birthday New Morning!


The New Morning is right smack in the middle of a marvellous 35 year Birthday Celebration (35 ANS DU NEW !) They launched part 1 of the celebration to a sold out crowd on June 27th and 28th featuring two of the biggest names in Jazz today, saxophonist Branford Marsalis and vocalist extraordinaire, Kurt Elling.

Other notable concerts for the 35th Birthday Party and “Festival AllStars” included Randy Weston and Abdullah Ibrahim pianists, saxophonists Pharoah Sanders and Steve Coleman, Brooklyn Funk Essentials, Disco-Funk New York Collective, guitarists Mike Stern, Marc Ribot, John Abercrombie, and vibraphonist Roy Ayers, master of the groove, Dianne Reeves, and Incognito.

And if you missed the Celebration Part 1 not to worry because the party continues with a stellar line-up including Ray Lema, Oct 4th, Cyrille Aimée Oct 7th, Roy Hargrove Oct 10, 11,12, Birilli Lagrene Oct 14, 15th and Cory Henry, Christian McBride, Kurt Elling, Dave Holland, Chris Potter, Lionel Loueke & Eric Harland and others.
The New Morning opened it’s doors on April 16th, 1981 with a performance by Jazz icon Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. Since that time the artist that have performed at the New Morning reads like a who’s who of the Jazz, Afro Jazz, Funk and Soul world.

And ok, yes, this is a lot of name dropping for one article but there's just no way to tell this story with mentioning great New Morning performances by  Chet Baker, Betty Carter, Freddy Hubbard, Archie Shepp, McCoy Tyner, Nina Simone, Michael Brecker, Dexter Gordon, Dizzy Gillespie, Abbey Lincoln, Max Roach, Arturo Sandoval, Terrence Blanchard, Cesaria Evora, Pat Metheny, Jaco Pastorius,  Hugh Massakela, Miriam Makeba, Lucky Peterson, Didier Lockwood,  Prince, Maceo Parker, Taj Mahal, Stan Getz, Ray Baretto and Gil Scott Heron just to name a few.

Yes, it’s safe to say that the New Morning has definitely earned it’s place in Jazz History.


35th Birthday Party of the New Morning


It’s also interesting to note that one of the things the New Morning has become legendary for over the years is the professed love and respect from the artists that have perform there. For example, Prince performed at the New Morning on several times. On one occasion, Prince performed at Bercy for 20,000 people and after his concert came to the New Morning and jammed for  4 hours replacing the chorus of Purple Rain, Purple Rain with New ~ Morning, New~Morning… now that’s love!!

We think there may be several reasons for this mutual adoration between the venue and artist.

  • First, the room is very popular and artists usually perform to sold out, standing room only crowds.
  • Second, the New Morning is a relatively, small concert room (approx 450) but it has a first class sound stage and lights and every entertainer loves that!

Finally, the location:  The New Morning is in the heart of town in one of the high-energy, melting pots of Paris (the 10 Quartier)... and when you’re on, 7 & 9, Rue des Petites Ecuries, you’re as far away from the Paris tourist bubble as you can get. So when an artist has a great show at the New Morning they know that they’re really connecting with their French public.

The New Morning was founded in 1981 by Egyptian journalist and Jazz lover Mrs. Eglal Farhi. Today the direction of the New Morning is guided by Mrs. Farhi’s daughter, Catherine Farhi. For more information, tickets and performance schedules click here .

Happy 35th Birthday New Morning....may you have many more!