Located in the narrow rue des Petites-Écuries in the frenetic, festive 10th arrondissement, the New Morning looks unremarkable from the outside, hidden behind large metal doors.
But on this inside, this alternative venue resembles an aircraft hangar with a studio atmosphere. Its minimalist décor means there is nothing to distract from the exceptional, cutting-edge programming, which has earned it a reputation as one of the capital’s most iconic clubs.
Big names to have played here include Chet Baker, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz and Art Blakey. It was here that Miguel Angel Asturias, Nobel Prize for Literature, came to watch Eddie Palmieri in concert. Prince made a point of coming here every time he stayed in Paris and, in 2010, he played a gig here that lasted 4 hours – doubtless the longest of his illustrious career.
The club remains one of the must-play venues on the jazz scene, and also occasionally hosts artists from other genres, from soul and hip-hop to folk and world music – always with the same high standards spectators have come to expect.