The festival has been held since 1981 in the months of June and July for two weeks. Every evening during the festival, there are concerts in the ancient Roman theater of Vienne. Among the performers there have been musicians such as Miles Davis, Stan Getz, Michel Petrucciani, Ella Fitzgerald, Sonny Rollins, Lionel Hampton, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Chuck Berry, Ike Turner oder auch Brad Mehldau. Many musicians are happy to come back, like Herbie Hancock who has already performed more than a dozen times in Vienne. In addition to the main concerts there are smaller concerts on other stages in the city, as well as concerts in pubs and musical moves.