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As spring approaches, March’s Ultimate Jazz Festivals’ Guide takes us around the world with more than 40 jazz events happening this month!

From Africa’s largest jazz celebration, the popular Cape Town International Jazz Festival, to the Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival, the international jazz scene is well represented!

Speaking of international jazz scene, the 2015 edition of the Washington Women in Jazz Festival features a collaboration between the festival and Sweden.

Adelaide’s WOMADelaide is back for another spectacular edition during a weekend that also sees Kiama Jazz Blues Festival and Inverloch Jazz Festival taking place in Australia.

March is going to be a very busy month for jazz enthusiasts in Europe, with the Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival, Printemps Musical, Izmir European Jazz Festival and JazzFestBrno, among others, set to take place throughout that period.

Europa Jazz Festival, Jazz de Mars and Jazz à l’Étage are some of France’s highlights of the month, while March will bring Aberdeen Jazz Festival, Brilliant Corners, Vibraphonic Festival and Guildhall Jazz Festival to the United Kingdom.

On 21 & 22 March Jazz in the Gardens will celebrate its 10 anniversary. As the name suggests, the Next Generation of Jazz Festival – organized by the world’s renowned Monterey Jazz Festival – will showcase some of the most talented young jazz artists. Jazz Bash by the Bay, on the other hand, will brings some of the most acclaimed jazz performers to Monterey.

With over 40 festivals happening in March, jazz is certainly alive!




focus jazz Focus Jazz Festival

When & Where: 1-31 Mar, several cities across Basse-Normandie (France)

Performers: Ana Kap, Youn Sun Nah, Faada Freddy, Nicolas Folmer & Pascal Vigier


sarasota jazz festivalSarasota Jazz Festival

When & Where: 1-7 Mar, Sarasota, FL (U.S.)

Performers: Tom Carabasi Latin Jazz, Karla Harris, James Williams’ “All That Jazz”, Alki Steriopoulos, Lilette Jenkins-Wisner



Washington Women in JazzWashington Women in Jazz Festival

When & Where: 1-28 Mar, Washington D.C. (U.S.)

Performers: Amy K Bormet Trio with Strings, Carol Morgan & Leigh Pilzer, RAW Sound Sweden, Shannon Gunn & the Bullettes


JazzTerrassaJazz Terrassa Festival

When & Where: 4-22 Mar, Barcelona (Spain)

Performers: Ginger Baker’s Jazz Confusion, Marina Tuset 5et, Jeff Ballard Fairgrounds, The Gramophone All Stars Big Band


Printemps Musical FestivalPrintemps Musical Festival

When & Where: 4 Mar-27 May, Luxembourg (Luxembourg)

Performers: The Stanley Clarke Band, Buika, Biréli Lagrène Gypsy Project, Carmen Souza 4et, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80


izmir european jazz festivalIzmir European Jazz Festival

When & Where: 5-21 Mar, Izmir (Turkey)

Performers: Hanka Gregusova & Ondrej Krajnak, WHO Trio, Mateusz Smoczynski 5et, Paolo Di Sabatino Trio


java jazz festival


Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival

When & Where: 6-8 Mar, Jakarta (Indonesia)

Performers: Chaka Khan & Incognito, Bobby McFerrin, Chris Botti, Snarky Puppy, Naturally 7, Jessie J



jazz bash by the bayJazz Bash by the Bay

When & Where: 6-8 Mar, Monterey, CA (U.S.)

Performers: Don Irving, Rebecca Kilgore Trio, Clint Baker, Brian Holland, Carl Sonny Leyland Trio


Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival


Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival

When & Where: 6-8 Mar, Bristol, England (UK)

Performers: Dr. John, Pee Wee Ellis Funk Assembly & Huey Morgan, Evan Christopher, Slowly Rolling Camera, Andy Sheppard 4et


great north big band jazz festival


The Great North Big Band Jazz Festival

When & Where: 6-8 Mar, Sunderland, England (UK)

Performers: Check festival’s official website


kiama jazz blues festivalKiama Jazz & Blues Festival

When & Where: 6-8 Mar, Kiama (Australia)

Performers: Pena Flamenca, Genevieve Chadwick, Don Hopkins, Sound of KoKo, Clayton Doley, Luke Koteras


Inverloch Jazz FestivalInverloch  Jazz Festival

When & Where: 6-9 Mar, Inverloch (Australia)

Performers: Riffmasters, Roger Clark, Rory Clark 5et, the Company We Keep, Sweet Ade, Tony Gould Trio



When & Where: 6-9 Mar, Adelaide (Australia)

Performers: Abdullah Ibrahim 4et, Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club, Youssou N’Dour, Rufus Wainwright, Theo Parrish


Dolomiti Ski JazzDolomiti Ski Jazz

When & Where: 7-14 Mar, Dolomiti (Italy)

Performers: Wayne Escoffery 4et, Jack Walrath & Gary Smulyan, Marcello Tonolo 4et & Chris Cheek, Picone/Testa/Corini/Pisetta


Jazz MaastrichtJazz Maastricht

When & Where: 7 & 21 Mar, Maastricht (Netherlands)

Performers: Julia Biel, GoGo Penguin, Craig Taborn, Mulatu Astatke, CM Big Band & Bert Joris, Magnus Öström


Jazz de MarsJazz de Mars

When & Where: 7 Mar-24 Apr, various cities across France

Performers: Omer Avital, Diana Horta Popoff, Ballake Sissoko, Thierry Eliez Trio, Tuija Tenkanen 5et, Pascal Kempf Trio


Europa Jazz FestivalEuropa Jazz Festival

When & Where: 9 Mar-10 May, Sarthe (France)

Performers: Gregory Porter, Brad Mehldau Trio, Paolo Fresu 5et, Cécile Bonacina Crystal 4et, André Minvielle


Jazz à l'Étage


Jazz à l’Étage

When & Where: 11-22 Mar, Rennes & Saint-Malo (France)

Performers: Diane Reeves, Moutin Factory 5et, Otis Taylor, Shai Maestro Trio, Laura Perrudin 4et, Dexter Goldberg Trio


vibraphonicVibraphonic Festival

When & Where: 12-27 Mar, Exeter, England (UK)

Performers: GoGo Penguin, The Four Owls, Laura Moody, Annika Skoogh 4et, Philip Clouts Trio, Craig Charles


Bergamo JazzBergamo Jazz

When & Where: 15-22 Mar, Bergamo (Italy)

Performers: Dianne Reeves, Vijay Iyer Trio, Fred Wesley & the New BJ’s, Mark Turner 4et, Nels Cline Singers


JazzFestival BernInternational Jazzfestival Bern

When & Where: 16 Mar-24 May, Bern (Switzerland)

Performers: Cécile McLorin Salvant, the Cookers, Paquito D’Rivera 6et, Bettye LaVette, Herlin Riley Group & Mark Whitfield


Jazzwoche BurghausenJazzwoche Burghausen

When & Where: 17-22 Mar, Burghausen (Germany)

Performers: Kenny Garrett, Mario Biondi, Spyro Gyra, Incognito, Monty Alexander & the Harlem Kingston Express




When & Where: 15 Mar-17 Jun, Brno (Czech Republic)

Performers: Chick Corea & Bobby McFerrin, Dianne Reeves, Ben Williams, Fred Hersch, David Helbock Trio, Zeurítia


Aberdeen Jazz FestivalAberdeen Jazz Festival

When & Where: 18-22 Mar, Aberdeen, Scotland (UK)

Performers: Cindy Douglas, Aberdeen Jazz Orchestra & Georgina Jackson, Ian Siegal Band, Sons of Kemet, Thunkfish


International JazzFestival St. Ingbert


International JazzFestival St. Ingbert

When & Where: 18-22 Mar, St. Ingbert (Germany)

Performers: Biréli Lagrène, Andreas Varady, Nina Attal, HB Big Band & Rebekka Bakken, Nicole Jo, Roby Lakatos 4et


Leuven JazzLeuven Jazz

When & Where: 18-22 Mar, Leuven (Belgium)

Performers: Mulatu Astatke & GoGo Penguin, Jef Neve & Aaron Parks 4et, Greg Osby & Tineke Postma vs. Plainstow


Brandon Jazz FestivalBrandon Jazz Festival

When & Where: 19-21 Mar, Brandon, MB (Canada)

Performers: Diane Schuur, Check festival’s official website for more details


Jazz Festival SteyrJazz Festival Steyr 

When & Where: 19-22 Mar, Steyr (Austria)

Performers: AMC Trio & Randy Brecker, Viola Hammer Trio, Lorenz Raab & David Helbock Duo, Vid Jamnik & Jim Rotondi


Savannah Music Festival


Savannah Music Festival

When & Where: 19 Mar-4 Apr, Savannah, GA (U.S.)

Performers: Irma Thomas, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Warren Vaché 5et, Sean Jones 4et, Warren Wolf & Wolfpack


Goois Jazz FestivalGoois Jazz Festival

When & Where: 21 Mar, Bussum (Netherlands)

Performers: Sabrina Starke & Band, Circo Simonelli Jazz & Soul Band, Yuri Honing 4et, Paul van Kessel, Stephanie Francke 4et



Jazz in the GardensJazz in the Gardens

When & Where: 21-22 Mar, Miami Gardens, FL (U.S.)

Performers: Erykah Badu, R. Kelly, Run DMC, Toni Braxton, Sheila E., Brian Culbertson, Karina Iglesias


Guildhall Jazz FestivalGuildhall Jazz Festival

When & Where: 21-27 Mar, London, England (UK)

Performers: Guildhall Jazz Ensemble, Guildhall Jazz Singers, Junior Guildhall Jazz Band, Guildhall Alumni Jazz Ensemble


AMR Jazz FestivalAMR Jazz Festival

When & Where: 24-29 Mar, Génève (Switzerland)

Performers: Craig Taborn, Manuel Gesseney 5et, Kuara, Antoine Thouvenin 5et, Gary Bartz 4et, Mathieu Rossignelly Trio


Brilliant CornersBrilliant Corners

When & Where: 25-28 Mar, Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)

Performers: Get the Blessing, Fred Frith, Dublin City Jazz Orchestra, TROYKA, Meilana Gillard 4et, Scott Flanigan Trio



When & Where: 25-29 Mar, Schwäbisch Hall (Germany)

Performers: Omar Sosa & Joo Kraus, Jan Garbarek Group, Triosence, Johanna Borchert, Julia Kadel Trio, Dauner & Dauner


Cape Town Jazz FestivalCape Town International Jazz Festival

When & Where: 27-28 Mar, Cape Town (South Africa)

Performers: Al Jarreau, Dee Dee Bridgewater & Irvin Mayfield feat. NOJO, Courtney Pine, Gerald Clayton Trio,  Sons of Kemet, Wallace Roney 5et


Next Generation Jazz FestivalNext Generation Jazz Festival

When & Where: 27-29 Mar, Monterey, CA (U.S.)

Performers: Harvard VoxJazz, Vibe6, University of the Pacific Jazz Orchestra, SF JAZZ High School All-Stars Jazz Orchestra


Bohem Ragtime & Jazz FestivalBohém Ragtime & Jazz Festival

When & Where: 27-29 Mar, Kecskemét (Hungary)

Performers: Echoes of Swing, Attila Korb & His European All Stars, Paolo Alderighi, Stephanie Trick, Bohém Ragtime Jazz Band



Vossa JazzVossa Jazz 

When & Where: 27-29 Mar, Voss (Norway)

Performers: Julia Biel, Peter Evans, Anneli Drecker, Manu Katché, Carsten Dahl, Maria Parr, Mikko Innanen 10+, Ida Jenshus


Brand Jazznight


Brand Jazznight

When & Where: 28 Mar, Hoensbroek (Netherlands)

Performers: Check festival’s official website


L'echangeur de sonsL’Échangeur de Sons

When & Where: 28 Mar-12 Apr, Chambéry (France)

Performers: Marcus Miller, Luigi Grasso 8et, David Sauzay & Walter Ricci, Djazia Satour, Joëlle Léandre & Jean-Luc Cappozzo