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The new Ultimate Jazz Festivals Guide is here!

This month the international jazz scene features over 50 jazz festivals and events happening all around the world. From the sunny Arizona Jazz Festival, Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival and Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival to the Clearwater Jazz Holiday and the Pittsfield City Jazz Festival.

The Cairo Jazz Festival is the highlight of the month for the African jazz scene, while the Stockholm Jazz Festival, Umeå Jazz, Tversted Jazzy Days and Tampere Jazz Happening bring some of Europe’s, as well as international, top jazz artists to the Nordic Countries.

The Barcelona Jazz Festival, Mardsen Jazz Festival, Enjoy Jazz and Skopje Jazz Festival are only some of the incredible jazz happenings that are going to fill the European autumn with great jazz tunes.

Plenty of fantastic jazz fests taking place around the world, October is going to be a HOT month for jazz aficionados – no doubts!

 

Lucca Jazz Lucca Jazz Donna

When & Where: 10 Sep-17 Oct, Lucca (Italy)

Performers: Elisabetta Antonini – Women Next Door, Rosa Brunello y Los Fermentos “Brasserie”, Allison Adams Tucker

 

 

SügisJazz SügisJazz

When & Where: 19 Sep-31 Oct, Tallinn (Estonia)

Performers: Arvo Pärt, MiaMee feat. Taaniel Kommus & Kalle Pilli, Duo Petite Vengeance, WGT feat. Kristjan-Robert Rebane & Lauri Kadalipp

 

 

 

Barcelona Jazz FestivalBarcelona Jazz Festival

When & Where: 26 Sept-11 Dec, Barcelona (Spain)

Performers: Chick Corea & the Vigil, Stacey Kent, Chucho Valdés, Buika, Ambrose Akinmusire 4et, Cécile McLorin Salvant

 

 

L'OFF Festival de Jazz de MontréalL’OFF Festival de Jazz de Montréal

When & Where: 1-10 Oct, Montréal, Québéc (Canada)

Performers: Linda Oh, Myriad3, Still, Andy King Group, Joel Kerr, Jean-Michel Pilc

 

Leipziger JazzTageLeipziger Jazztage

When & Where: 1-10 Oct, Leipzig (Germany)

Performers: Brad Mehldau, Nils Petter Molvaer, Michael Wollny & Eric Schaefer feat. Norske Blåseensemble, Omer Klein Trio

 

MandauJazzMandauJazz

When & Where: 1-17 Oct, Varnsdorf (Czech Republic), Zittau & Hainewalde (Germany)

Performers: Triosence, Deep M Ocean, Otto Hejnic Trio feat. Krajnak & Feco, Open Source Trio, Bea & Banda

 

JazzContreBandJazzContreBand

When & Where: 1-24 Oct, several cities across Switzerland

Performers: Avishai Cohen Trio, Snarky Puppy, Les Doigts de L’Homme, Urban Shaman, Evaristo Perez 5et

 

 

RhinoJazz(s)Rhino Jazz(s)

When & Where: 1-24 Oct, Loire, Rhône, Isère (France)

Performers: Ibrahim Maalouf 5et, Kyle Eastwood Band, Hugh Coltman, Rose Betty Klub, Vaudou Game & Tony Allen

 

Jazzwoche HannoverJazzwoche Hannover

When & Where: 2-10 Oct, Hannover (Germany)

Performers: Carlos Bica’s Azul & Klaus Spencker’s Elements,  Scottish German Jazz Collective, Achim Kaufmann, Stimmorchester

 

Enjoy JazzEnjoy Jazz Festival

When & Where: 2 Oct-14 Nov, Heidelberg, Mannheim and Ludwigshafen (Germany)

Performers: The Bad Plus & Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau, Snarky Puppy, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Children of Light Trio, Aaron Goldberg

 

 

Sopot JazzSopot Jazz Festival

When & Where: 7-10 Oct, Sopot (Poland)

Performers: Ambrose Akinmusire 4et, Henri Texier Hope 4et, Chambertones Trio, Daniel Humair 4et, Jasper Van’t Hof & Tony Lakatos

 

Nancy Jazz PulsationsNancy Jazz Pulsations

When & Where: 7-17 Oct, Nancy (France)

Performers: Avishai Cohen Trio, Snarky Puppy, Maceo Parker, Marcus Miller, Otis Taylor, Led Zeppelin, Jacky Terrasson 5et

 

JazzTrax FestivalJazzTrax Festival

When & Where: 8-11 & 15-18 Oct, Catalina Island, CA (U.S.)

Performers: Bob James, Mindi Abair, Brian Culbertson, the Rippingtons, Marion Meadows & Paul Taylor

 

JekerJazz FestivalJekerJazz Festival

When & Where: 9-11 Oct, Maastricht (Netherlands)

Performers: Check out the official website

 

 

Palm Springs Women’s Jazz FestivalPalm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival

When & Where: 9-11 Oct, Palm Springs, CA (U.S.)

Performers: Diane Schuur, Jessy J, Kellye Gray, Robin Bramlett, Ann Patterson, Anne King

 

Rumor FestivalRumor Festival

When & Where: 9-10 Oct, Utrecht (Netherlands)

Performers: Rasa, ACU, Jan Hage, Oscar Jan  Hoogland & Teun Verbruggen, Flat Earth Society & Mauro Pawlowski

 

Marsden Jazz FestivalMardsen Jazz Festival

When & Where: 9-11 Oct, Mardsen, England (UK)

Performers: Jean Toussaint, Claire Martin & Ray Gelato, Lauren Kinsella, Apes Grapes, Metamorphic

 

Pittsfield City Jazz FestivalPittsfield City Jazz Festival

When & Where: 9-11 Oct, Berkshire County, MA (U.S.)

Performers: Randy Brecker & the Greg Hopkins Jazz Orchestra, Frank Vignola, Esteban Castro

 

Stockholm Jazz FestivalStockholm Jazz Festival

When & Where: 9-18 Oct, Stockholm (Sweden)

Performers: Chick Corea & the Vigil, Dave Douglas 5et, Bill Frisell, Lizz Wright, the Soul Rebels, Stockholm Voices

 

Jazz Sur SonJazz Sur Son

When & Where: 9-25 Oct, Haute-Garonne (France)

Performers: Chick Corea & the Vigil, Stanley Clarke Band, Snark Puppy, Roy Hargrove 5et, Cyrille Aimée 5et, Dee Alexander 4et

 

Earshot Jazz FestivalEarshot Jazz Festival

When & Where: 9 Oct18 Nov, Seattle, WA (U.S.)

Performers: Wayne Shorter 4et, Charles Lloyd, Anat Cohen 4et,  Brad Mehldau Trio, Chris Potter Trio, Hugh Masekela, Somi

 

 

Jazz Sur SeineJazz Sur Seine

When & Where: 9-24 Oct, Paris (France)

Performers: Carla Bley Trio, Becca Stevens Band, Otis Brown III, Chris Potter Trio, Nicholas Payton, Dee Alexander 4et

 

Sax on the RiverSax on the River

When & Where: 10 Oct, Sacramento, CA (U.S.)

Performers: Lebron, Nicholas Cole, Lin Rountree, Elizabeth Mis, Cecil Ramirez, Levi Huffman

 

 

Tversted Jazz DaysTversted Jazzy Days

When & Where: 10-17 Oct, Tversted (Denmark)

Performers: Pat Martino Trio, Christian Sands Trio, Mads Tolling 4et feat. Jacob Fischer, Uffe Steen Trio feat. Henrik Gunde

 

 

Tourcoing Jazz FestivalTourcoing Jazz Festival

When & Where: 10-18 Oct, Tourcoing (France)

Performers: Snarky Puppy, Otis Taylor, Maceo Parker, Brad Mehldau, Cyrille Aimée 5et, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80

 

 

Jazz Goes to TownJazz Goes to Town

When & Where: 13-17 Oct, Hradec Králové, Czech Republic

Performers: Agostones, Mural, Sato-San To, Points Septet, Inner Spaces, Hang Em High

 

 

Sun Valley Jazz & Music FestivalSun Valley Jazz & Music Festival

When & Where: 14-18 Oct, Sun Valley, ID (U.S.)

Performers: Tom Rigney & Flambeau, Yve Evans, Gator Nation, Stephanie Trick, Sun Valley Jazz All Stars

 

Clearwater Jazz HolidayClearwater Jazz Holiday

When & Where: 15-18 Oct, Clearwater, FL (U.S.)

Performers: Sheryl Crow, the Avett Brothers, Buddy Guy, Gladys Knight, Mindi Abair & the Boneshakers

 

Vilnius Jazz FestivalVilnius Jazz Festival

When & Where: 15-18 Oct, Vilnius (Lithuania)

Performers: Bill Frisell, Hikashu feat. Itaru Oki, Sons of Gislason, Angles 8, Avram Fefer/Mark Tokar/Arkady Gotesman

 

Cairo Jazz FestivalCairo Jazz Festival

When & Where: 15-18 Oct, Cairo (Egypt)

Performers: Rita Maria, Madina, Michelle Rounds, Stepan Markovic, Iriao, Todd Marcus, Rima Khechich

 

Skopje Jazz FestivalSkopje Jazz Festival

When & Where: 15-18 Oct, Skopje (Macedonia)

Performers: Gregory Porter, Avishai Cohen Trio, Craig Taborn, Soweto Kinch, Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufeld

 

Un Doua de JazzUn Doua de Jazz

When & Where: 15-23 Oct, Villeurbanne (France)

Performers: Cory Henry Trio, Bigre!, Marc Cabrera Trio, Panam Panic, the Headbangers, Antiloops

 

Jazz in den MinistergärtenJazz in den Ministergärten

When & Where: 16 Oct, Berlin (Germany)

Performers: Andreas Hertel Trio feat. Dunja Koppenhöfer, FTO Bigband, Raul Sööt 4et, Nicole Jo, Kristin Korb, Philipp Rücker 4et

 

Weltmusikfestival Grenzenlos MurnauWeltmusikfestival Grenzenlos Murnau

When & Where: 16-18 Oct, Murnau (Germany)

Performers: Stefano Bollani Trio, Rabih Abou-Khalil 5et, Roland Neuwirth & Extremschrammeln

 

SeixalJazzSeixalJazz

When & Where: 16-24 Oct, Seixal (Portugal)

Performers: Paulus Schäfer Trio, Gary Bartz 4et, Carlos Bica Trio Azul, Rodrigo Amado Motion Trio feat. Rodrigo Pinheiro

 

 

Jazz en TêteJazz en Tête

When & Where: 20-24 Oct, Clermont-Ferrand (France)

Performers: Ron Carter, Biréli Lagrène, Lisa Simone, Jeff Ballard, Cory Henry Trio, Jeremy Pelt 4et, Blackstone Orchestra

 

Umeå Jazz FestivalUmeå Jazz Festival

When & Where: 21-24 Oct, Umeå (Sweden)

Performers: The Baylor Project feat. Jean Baylor & Marcus Baylor, Nir Felder Trio, Mopo, Come Shine & Trondheim Big Band

 

Akbank Jazz FestivalAkbank Jazz Festival

When & Where: 21 Oct-1 Nov, Istanbul (Turkey)

Performers: Bill Frisell, John Scofield & Joe Lovano 4et, Get the Blessing, Ester Rada, Lizz Wright

 

Calstock Jazz and Blues FestivalCalstock Jazz & Blues Festival

When & Where: 22-25 Oct, Calstock, England (UK)

Performers: The Sultans, Vince Lee & Becca Langsford, Martin Dale 4et, Jeff Horsey, Russell Sinclair

 

Guinness Cork Jazz FestivalGuinness Cork Jazz Festival

When & Where: 22-26 Oct, Cork (Ireland)

Performers: Marcus Miller, Cassandra Wilson, Grace Kelly, Darius Brubeck 4et, GoGo Penguin, Umbra

 

Jazz & the City SalzburgJazz & the City Salzburg

When & Where: 22-26 Oct, Salzburg (Austria)

Performers: John Scofield & Joe Lovano 4et, Bill Frisell, Chris Potter Trio, Lisa Simone, Henri Texier Hope 4et

 

 

Kinsale Fringe Jazz FestivalKinsale Fringe Jazz Festival

When & Where: 23-26 Oct, Kinsale (Ireland)

Performers: Check out festival’s official website

 

Bratislava Jazz DaysBratislava Jazz Days

When & Where: 23-25 Oct, Bratislava (Slovakia)

Performers: Snarky Puppy, Fourplay, Jeff Ballard Trio feat. Lionel Loueke & Chris Cheek, Alain Caron, Esperanza Spalding Presents Emily’s D + Evolution

 

Arizona Jazz FestivalArizona Jazz Festival

When & Where: 23-25 Oct, Chandler, AZ (U.S.)

Performers: the Roots, Erykah Badu, Common, Ledisi, Elan Trotman & Tim Bowman, Peter White/Euge Groove/Ric Braun

 

Festival Jazz AmarinoisFestival Jazz Amarinois

When & Where: 23-25 Oct, Saint-Amarin (France)

Performers: Gemma Abrie, Nicole Rochelle, Caroline Mhlanga & Denise Gordon, the Man Overboard 5et, Paris Raggers Ragtime Band

 

Krokus Jazz FestivalKrokus Jazz Festival

When & Where: 23-25 Oct, Jelenia Góra (Poland)

Performers: Jeremy Pelt “Four”, Kamil Piotrowicz 5et, Mike Parker’s Trio Theory, Charli Green & Krzysztof “Puma” Piasecki 4 Set

 

Tbilisi Jazz FestivalTbilisi Jazz Festival

When & Where: 23-29 Oct, Tbilisi (Georgia)

Performers: Fourplay, Diana Krall, Esperanza Spalding Presents Emily’s D + Evolution, Edmar Castaneda Trio, Jeff Ballard Trio

 

Baloise SessionBaloise Session

When & Where: 23 Oct-12 Nov, Basel (Switzerland)

Performers: Iggy Pop, Gregory Porter, Mario Biondi, Trombone Shorty, Candy Dulfer, Tori Amos, Allen Toussaint 4et

 

Bologna Jazz FestivalBologna Jazz Festival

When & Where: 24 Oct-26 Nov, Bologna (Italy)

Performers: Ron Carter, Kenny Garrett 5et, Children of the Light, Brad Mehldau Trio, Terence Blanchard & the E-Collective

 

Belgrade Jazz FestivalBelgrade Jazz Festival

When & Where: 28 Oct-1 Nov, Belgrade (Serbia)

Performers: Hiromi, James Brandon Lewis, Lia Pale

 

JazzNoJazz FestivalJazzNoJazz Festival

When & Where: 28-31 Oct, Zürich (Switzerland)

Performers: Fourplay, Cassandra Wilson, Chick Corea & the Vigil, Stanley Clarke Band, Maceo Parker, Marcus Miller, Lisa Simone

 

Jazzfestival FrankfurtJazzfestival Frankfurt

When & Where: 29-31 Oct, Frankfurt (Germany)

Performers: Jack DeJohnette/Roscoe Mitchell/Matthew Garrison, Mark Turner 4et, Contrast Trio + 1, Vincent Peirani & Emile Parisien Duo

 

Tampere Jazz Happening

 

Tampere Jazz Happening

When & Where: 29 Oct-1 Nov, Tampere (Finland)

Performers: Carla Bley, David Murray Infinite 4et & Saul Williams, Ginger Baker Jazz Confusion, Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufeld

 

Rotterdam International Jazz FestivalRotterdam International Jazz Festival

When & Where: 30 Oct-1 Nov, Rotterdam (Netherlands)

Performers: Kurt Elling 5et, Mark Turner 4et, Get the Blessing, All That  Wine and Jazz

 

Überjazz FestivalÜberjazz Festival

When & Where: 30 Oct-1 Nov, Hamburg (Germany)

Performers: Christian Scott, Hiatus Kaiyote, Herbert, Tigran Hamasyan, Matthew Halsall 4et, Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufeld

 

Wangaratta Jazz & Blues FestivalWangaratta Jazz & Blues Festival

When & Where: 30 Oct-2 Nov, Wangaratta (Australia)

Performers: Dave Douglas 5et, Linda Oh 4et, Jane Bunnett & Maqueque, James Morrison Superband, Alister Spence Trio

 

JazzFest AmsterdamJazzFest Amsterdam

When & Where: 31 Oct, Amsterdam (Netherlands)

Performers: Zuco 103, Artvark & Claron McFadden, Tineke Postma’s SoundEye, Martijn van Iterson Trio, Xavi Torres Trio