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The Ultimate Jazz Festivals Guides have given us an overview of the finest jazz events happening around the world…and the one for February is no different.

Australia celebrates the month with the popular Adelaide Festival and Adelaide Fringe, as well as Clarence Jazz Fest in Tasmania. Dubai Jazz Festival, on the other hand, is the upcoming highlight for jazz and live music enthusiasts in Asia, while the touring event Festival in the Desert will be back to Mali for another colourful edition.

Like always, jazz never sleeps in Europe. The Nordic Countries celebrate European and Scandinavian jazz at Denmark’s Vinterjazz, Polarjazz in Norway and three festivals in Finland – plus a couple more in Russia. And jazz is going to be very much present across the whole continent, with popular fests taking place in Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands and Poland.

The 2015 edition of the Liverpool International Jazz Festival is the British highlight of a month that also features Scottish event Fife Jazz Festival and Jazz on a Winter’s Weekend.

Portland Jazz Festival is February’s largest happening in the U.S., which will see live jazz all over the country with the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, North Carolina Jazz Festival, Sitka Jazz Festival and Newport Beach Jazz Party, among other events.

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Here’s the Ultimate Jazz Festivals Guide for February, featuring over 30 events!


International Jazz Guitar Festival International Jazz Guitar Festival

When & Where: 2-9 Feb, St. Petersburg (Russia)

Performers: Check festival’s website



Festival in the Desert Festival in the Desert

When & Where: Various dates in Feb, Mali (Africa)

Performers: Check festival’s website


North Carolina Jazz Festival North Carolina Jazz Festival

When & Where: 5-7 Feb, Wilmington, NC (U.S.)

Performers: Mandy Johnson, Nicki Parrott & Bria Skonberg, Jonathan Russell, Benny Hill, Herman Burney


Chiasso Jazz Festival Chiasso Jazz Festival

When & Where: 5-7 Feb, Chiasso (Switzerland)

Performers: Randy Weston African Rhythms 4et, Craig Taborn 4et, Maria João, Biréli Lagrène, Shayna Steele


Sitka Jazz Festival Sitka Jazz Festival

When & Where: 5-7 Feb, Sitka, AK (U.S.)

Performers: Mads Tolling, Glenn Kostur, Kenny Washington, Darren English, Dewayne Pete


Jazz Escales Jazz Escales

When & Where: 5-8 Feb, Caen (France)

Performers: Ana Kap, Daniel Givone 4et, Renaud Garcia-Fons, Quatour Béla & Jean-Louis


Polarjazz Polarjazz Festival

When & Where: 5-8 Feb, Longyearbyen (Norway)

Performers: Svalbard Kirkes Trio, Bo Kaspers Orkester, Morten Abel, Solid Comfort, Nina & the Butterfly Fish


Jazz-Gipfel Festival Jazz-Gipfel

When & Where: 6-7 Feb, Konstanz (Germany)

Performers: Fred Frith Trio, Keïta/Brönnimann/Niggli, Svelia


Tournai jazz festival Tournai Jazz Festival

When & Where: 6-7 Feb, Tournai (Belgium)

Performers: Kenny Garrett, Paolo Fresu & Omar Sosa, Guillaume Perret & the Electric Epic, Bai Kamara, Barbara Hendricks


Fife Jazz Festival Fife Jazz Festival

When & Where: 6-8 Feb, Fife, Scotland (UK)

Performers: Ruby Turner, Marius Neset & Daniel Herskedal, Rose Room & AJ Brown, Brian Kellock Trio


Jazz on a Winter's Weekend Jazz on a Winter’s Weekend

When & Where: 6-8 Feb, Southport, England (UK)

Performers: Alan Barnes – David Newton 7et, Theo Jackson 4et, Jump Monk, Marius Neset & Daniel Herskedal


Vinterjazz Vinterjazz

When & Where: 6-22 Feb, several cities across Denmark

Performers: DR Big Band & John Scofield, Brad Mehldau, Jeremy Pelt NYC 5et, Orlando Julius & the Heliocentrics, Konono N°1


Jazz Granollers Festival Granollers Jazz Festival

When & Where: 6 Feb-7 Mar, Granollers, (Spain)

Performers: Jordi Bonell, Àrid, Joan Vidal 6et + OGCr, Esmuc Jazz Project, Michael Kanan Trio, Ensembla Jazz Orquestra


Erlanger Jazz Band Ball Jazz Band Ball

When & Where: 7 Feb, Erlangen (Germany)

Performers: European Swing Allstars, Thomas Fink & Friends, Jamaram, Groovemaker BigBand, Famous Down Town Street Paraders


Rumor Festival Rumor Festival

When & Where: 7 Feb, Utrecht (Netherlands)

Performers: Beat Furrer, Bouge, Bakker, Goudsmit & Jäger


Close Encounters Close Encounters

When & Where: 9-13 Feb, Helsinki (Finland) & St. Petersburg (Russia)

Performers: Dunkelquartz, Elisabeth, Green Light District, Harms Project, Humavoid, Iina Palokangas, Jacob McCaslin


Newport Beach Jazz Party Newport Beach Jazz Party

When & Where: 12-15 Feb, Newport Beach, CA (U.S.)

Performers: Jack Jones, The Four Freshmen, Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band & James Morrison, Alan Bergman, Tony Monaco


Agharta Prague Jazz Agharta Prague Jazz Festival

When & Where: 12 Feb-7 May, Prague (Czech Republic)

Performers: Maceo Parker, Vinx & Friends, Mike Stern Band, Sheila E, Rostislav Fras 4et, Straight No Chaser



Tyykijazz Tyykijazz

When & Where: 13-14 Feb, Forssa (Finland)

Performers: Rikhard & Swing Doctors, Anna-Mari Kähärä Orchestra, Gunu’s Thang, Wigwam Revisited


Adelaide Fringe Adelaide Fringe

When & Where: 13 Feb – 15 Mar, Adelaide (Australia)

Performers: Macy Gray, Katie Noonan, Alley Katz Jazz Band, K and N Brass, Jo Lawry, Etypejazz, Mike Stewart Big Band


Sancy Snow Jazz Sancy Snow Jazz Festival

When & Where: 14-21 Feb, various cities across France

Performers: Leslie Lewis, Georges V, Michel Pastre 4et, Claude Tissendier & Faby Medina, Ulf Sandstrom, Denise Gordon


Clarence Jazz Fest Clarence Jazz Festival

When & Where: 15-22 Feb, Clarence, Tasmania (Australia)

Performers: Michelle Nicholle 4et, Fiona Stewart 4et, Cygnet Jazz Collective, Black Cat Jazz Trio, Harry Edwards Trio


Portland Jazz Festival Portland Jazz Festival

When & Where: 17 Feb-1 Mar, Portland, OR (U.S.)

Performers: Christian McBride Trio & Lou Donaldson 4et, Kurt Elling, Ron Carter Trio, Vijay Iyer Trio, Becca Stevens, Marc Cary


Storm Festival STORM!

When & Where: 20-21 Feb, Ostend (Belgium)

Performers: Brzzvll & Anthony Joseph, Avishai Cohen Triveni, De Beren Gieren, LABTrio NY Project feat. Michaël Attias & Christopher Hoffman


Annual Elmhurst College Jazz Festival Annual Elmhurst College Jazz Festival

When & Where: 20-22 Feb, Elmhurst, IL (U.S.)

Performers: Sean Jones, Ralph Lalama & Dennis Mackrel, Jimmy Heath & the Jimmy Heath Big Band, Elmhurst College Jazz Band


San Diego Jazz Party San Diego Jazz Party

When & Where: 20-22 Feb, Del Mar, CA (U.S.)

Performers: Rebecca Kilgore, John Allred, Dan Barrett, Danny Coots, Bria Skonberg, Nicki Parrott, Russell Malone


Appeltuinjazz Festival Appeltuinjazz Festival

When & Where: 21 Feb-25 Apr, Leuven (Belgium)

Performers: Alexi Tuomarila Trio, Chad McCullough Bram, Weijters 4et, Eve Beuvens & Brice Soniano


Lotos Jazz Festival LOTOS Jazz Festival

When & Where: 22 Feb-1 Mar, Bielsko-Biala (Poland)

Performers: Arturo Sandoval, Wayne Shorter 4et, Miles Electric Band, Soweto Kinch, Tingvall Trio


Dubai Jazz Festival Dubai Jazz Festival

When & Where: 25-27 Feb, Dubai (United Arab Emirates)

Performers: Sting, Esperanza Spalding, John Legend, James Blunt, Christina Perri, Lindsey Stirling


Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival

When & Where: 25-28 Feb, Moscow, ID (U.S.)

Performers: Dianne Reeves, Wycliffe Gordon, Grace Kelly, Tia Fuller, Rumi Inoue, Jeff Coffin, Ingrid Jensen


Jazz Od Nowa Festival JAZZ Od Nowa Festival

When & Where: 25-28 Feb, Torun (Poland)

Performers: Piotr Schmidt Electric Group, Tomasz Stanko New Band, Adam Pieronczyk, Jan Ptaszyn Wroblewski 6et


Emsdettener Jazztage Emsdettener Jazztage

When & Where: 26-28 Feb, Emsdetten (Germany)

Performers: Lily Dahab, Triosence, Torque Trio, Mo’Blow


MIBNIGHT Jazz Festival MIBNIGHT Jazz Festival

When & Where: 26-28 Feb, Bremen (Germany)

Performers: Melt Trio, Malte Schiller 8et, CNIRBS, Sigi Busch Trio, Jens Schöwing Trio, Jazz Smells


Liverpool International Jazz Festival Liverpool International Jazz Festival

When & Where: 26 Feb-1 Mar, Liverpool, England (UK)

Performers: GoGo Penguin, James Taylor 4et, Troyka, Marley Chingus Jazz Collective, Svara Kanti


Akes Jazz Fest Åkes Jazzfestival

When & Where: 27 Feb-1 Mar, Kauniainen (Finland)

Performers: Grani Big Band, Jazz Partout, Birger’s Ragtime Band, Charlotta Kerbs


Triumph of Jazz Triumph of Jazz

When & Where: 27 Feb-2 Mar, Moscow & St. Petersburg (Russia)

Performers: Terence Blanchard, The Yellowjackets, Lisa Henry, Lebedev/Revnyuk Project


adelaide festival Adelaide Festival

When & Where: 27 Feb-15 Mar, Adelaide (Australia)

Performers: Abdullah Ibrahim, Mogwai, Bryars Ensemble, Australian String 4et, Richard Thompson Electric Trio, The Pop Group


AVaulxJazz A Vaulx Jazz

When & Where: 27 Feb-21 Mar, Vaulx-en-Velin (France)

Performers: Sun Ra Arkestra, Chucho Valdes, Avishai Cohen, Kellylee Evans, Anthony Joseph, Variant & Soweto Kinch


Crossroads Crossroads Jazz Festival

When & Where: 28 Feb-2 June, various cities across Emilia-Romagna (Italy)

Performers: Dee Dee Bridgewater & New Orleans Project feat. Irvin Mayfield, Diane Reeves, Gregory Porter, Diane Schuur, Joshua Redman Trio, Arturo Sandoval, Enrico Rava