Le Caveau de la Huchette, Paris

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Le Caveau de la Huchette is a jazz club in the Latin Quarter of Paris. The building dates to the 16th century, but became a jazz club in 1949. The design has been compared to a cellar or labyrinth and allegedly it was once used by Rosicrucians and by those linked to Freemasonry.Since becoming a jazz club it has been a venue for American greats like Lionel Hampton, Count Basie, and Art Blakey, as well as leading French jazz musicians like Claude Luter and Claude Bolling. Sidney Bechet and Bill Coleman were American expatriates in France who are also associated with the club.It was featured in the 1958 film Les Tricheurs by Marcel Carné, appears briefly in the 2016 film La La Land by Damien Chazelle, and also in other French language films. It is considered one of the important part of Paris's nightlife in general. At present it is owned by French vibraphonist Dany Doriz.The club inspired the creation of The Cavern Club, Mathew Street, Liverpool in 1957. The Beatles performed at the Cavern Club nearly 300 times in their early years. The Cavern was similar inside to Le Caveau with tunnels and thick brick arches.
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  • Really pleased that we stumbled across this place. The atmosphere in the evening is what you would expect from an underground jazz club in Paris. I cannot dance for toffee, so for me it was good to ha...  more »
  • Here, full surrender is performed on live jazz music. A feast to watch and even more beautiful when you dance with yourself. Fine programming. Neighborhood is full of tourist eateries, but a little further there are gems where you can eat a bite for a gig.
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  • Place in Paris where you definitely NEED to go. You have to pay an entrance fee, but it is definitely worth it. Coming down the stairs you will be in the basement looking like a cave. You see people dancing on funky jazz themes and you just want to join! (Although I am not the dancer myself, so that says something) This place makes you feel like you are in a 60s movie!
  • Best night out in such a long time. Amazing music and atmosphere. Prepare to be spun round the dance floor by one of the regulars.. it’s exhilarating. Drinks are a little pricey but with that much dancing, you’ll mostly be needing water! The band we had were fantastic. So entertaining
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