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The first jazz festival in the world. It's in Nice, not in America that the first jazz festival in the world was born. This year is the 67th anniversary of this event which took place for the first time in February 1948, at the end of the Carnival. And it occurred in a place dedicated to "great music": the Opera! Another institution, the municipality’s Casino, on the Place Masséna, now extinct, lent its Belle Epoque decor in this first resounding edition that included several concerts that were broadcast live by the French radio. It must be said that the greatest were there, starting with Louis Armstrong, the undisputed star of this first edition, alongside other stars, Claude Lutter, Stéphane Grappelli, Django Reinhardt. During the closing ceremony at the Negresco, the party ended at dawn by a "jam" after torrid singing rounds from Suzy Delair and Yves Montand. This festival was a historic moment; jazz could now count on a real audience in France. For his immense talent and the magnetism of his presence, Louis Armstrong revealed the beauty of this music to many laymen. In 1948, the Riviera's capital celebrated its wedding with jazz, although this union was followed by a long separation of 23 years, before a moving reunion.
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