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This month’s Ultimate Jazz Festivals Guide features over 50 of the world’s finest jazz fests.

In the U.S., the list of events taking place in October includes the Texas Jazz Festival, Earshot Jazz Festival, Kansas City’s Vine Jazz & Blues Festivals, Catalina and Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival, among others.

There’s also a series of cool jazz cruises organized for October, such as Capital Jazz Super Cruise and the Texas Jazz Jam Cruise.

The season of great jazz presented in Canada this month includes the Festival International de Jazz de Québéc – headlined by Wynton Marsalis & Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and Grammy winner Cécile McLorin Salvant – and Montreal-based L’OFF Jazz Festival.

Jazz fans looking for sun, great live music and colorful surroundings should head over to the Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival Aruba, Festival de Jazz Costa Brava, Barcelona Jazz Festival and AngraJazz.

October is going to be a busy month in Europe.

Rhino(s) Jazz, Nancy Pulsations, Jazz sur Seine and Tourcoing are some of the events presented by the French jazz scene, while Switzerland will welcome a stellar cast of performers for Baloise Session, Jazz Onze+, Contre Band and Zürich’s Jazznojazz.

Jazz will also be very much present across the English Channel with Marsden Jazz and ReVoice Festival in England, Scotland’s Callander Jazz, Guinness Cork Jazz and Galway in Ireland.

Also taking place this month are Belgrade Jazz, Skopje Tbilisi and AghaRTA, organized in Prague’s popular venue AghaRTA.

October is also going to be a busy month in Scandinavia, with Stockholm Jazz Festival, Tversted JazzDays, DølaJazz, Jazzfest Future and Jazz Festival Umeå. And don’t forget about Vilnius Jazz and Tampere Jazz Happening, featuring some of the world’s most in-demand artists like Terence Blanchard, Bill Frisell and talented trumpeter Takoya Kuroda!

The list of festivals happening in October also includes Granite Town and Nepal’s top jazz event Jazzmandu.

Here’s the complete breakdown of this month’s jazz fests:

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When & Where: 2-4 October, Angra do Heroísmo (Portugal)

Performers: Joey DeFrancesco Trio, Barry Harris Trio, Garry Smulyan 4et, Roberto Toscano 4et


Rhinos JazzRhino Jazz(s)

When & Where: 2-19 October, Loire, Rhône, Isère (France)

Performers: Lisa Simone, Omer Avital, Agathe Jazz 4et, Sandra Nkake, Gilberto Gil


Jazz Contre Band

Jazz Contre Band Festival

When & Where: 2-25 October, Various cities across Switzerland

Performers: Stephane Belmondo Trio, Tito Puentes, Anthony Joseph, Chic Street Man


Enjoy JazzEnjoy Jazz International Festival

When & Where: 2 October-15 November, Heidelberg and other cities across Germany

Performers: Gregory Porter, Branford Marsalis 4et, Robert Glasper Experiment, The Bad Plus


Skoda Jazz FestivalSkoda Jazz Festival

When & Where: 2 October-6 December, Various cities across Belgium

Performers: Charles Lloyd 4et, Gregory Porter, Stacey Kent, Bill Frisell, The Bad Plus, Rudresh Mahanthappa


Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival ArubaCaribbean Sea Jazz Festival Aruba

When & Where: 3 & 4 October, Aruba (Caribbean)

Performers: Liv Warfield & NPG Hornz, Prince Royce, Candy Dulfer, Richard Bona 5et


Callander JazzCallander Jazz & Blues Festival

When & Where: 3-5 October, Callander, Scotland (UK)

Performers: The Jive Aces, The Revolutionaires, The Pinstripe Suit Swing Band


Jazz et Toques in TrouvilleJazz et Toques in Trouville

When & Where: 3-5 October, Trouville-sur-Mer (France)

Performers: Malted Milk, Art Big Band, Satie’sfaction, Mikaël Loukia Trio


L'OFF JAZZ FestivalL’OFF JAZZ Festival

When & Where: 3-12 October, Montréeal, QC (Canada)

Performers: Joe Sullivan Big Band, Pink Saliva, Josh Rager & Donny Kennedy 8et, Kevin Warren – East West Project, Kite Trio

Atlantique Jazz Festival  Atlantique Jazz Festival

When & Where: 3-19 October, various cities across France

Performers: Ibrahim Maalouf, Anthony Joseph, Sax Machine, Lund 4et, Marc Ducret & Journal Intime


Texas Jazz Jam CruiseTexas Jazz Jam Cruise

When & Where: 5-12 October, cruise to Roatan, Honduras, Belize City and Cozumel (Mexico)

Performers: Dr. James Polk, Pamela Hart, Cameron Riggs, Texas Jazz Jam Band


Jazzik Festival SuboticaJazzik Festival Subotica

When & Where: 8-9, Subotica (Serbia)

Performers: Vasil Hadžimanov Band, HarsNeumannDesA  Trio, Alexandra Schenk Band feat. Dušan Novakov


Galway Jazz FestivalGalway Jazz Fest

When & Where: 8-12 October, Galway (Ireland)

Performers: Andreas Varady, Louis Stewart 4et, Pierre Durand & Guido Zorn, Naomi Berril


Sopot Jazz FestivalSopot Jazz Festival

When & Where: 8-12 October, Sopot (Poland)

Performers: VEIN feat. Greg Osby, Trilok Gurtu, Jon Irabagon, Matthias Schubert, Bozilo, RGG


Nancy Jazz PulsationsNancy Jazz Pulsations

When & Where: 8-18 October, Nancy (France)

Performers: Gregory Porter, Robert Glasper Experiment, Ibrahim Maalouf, Catherine Russell, Omer Avital


Costa Brava Jazz FestivalCosta Brava Jazz Festival

When & Where: 9-12 October, Palafrugell, Costa Brava (Spain)

Performers: Anthony Strong 5et, Quixoteràpia, Pol Omedes Trio, Joan Chamorro 4et & Magalí Datzira


Catalina Island JazzTrax FestivalCatalina Island JazzTrax Festival

When & Where: 9-19 October, Catalina Island, CA (U.S.)

Performers: Keiko Matsui, Brian Culbertson, Peter White, Mindi Abair, Nick Colionne, Dirty Dozen Brass Band


ReVoice Jazz FestivalGeorgia Mancio’s ReVoice Festival

When & Where: 9-20 October, London, England (UK)

Performers: Carmen Lundy, Lianne Carroll, Ian Shaw, Georgia Mancio, Sara Colman


Marsden Jazz FestivalMarsden Jazz Festival

When & Where: 10-12 October, Yorkshire, England (UK)

Performers: Bob Kerr’s Whoopie Band, The Sugar Sisters, Michelson Morley, Doncaster Jazz Orchestra feat. Dennis Rollins


Southern Oregon Music FestivalSouthern Oregon Music Festival

When & Where: 10-12 October, Medford, OR (U.S.)

Performers: Blue Street Jazz Band, Bob Draga, Cornet Chop Suey, Gator Nation Band, Lena Prima Band


Pittsfield City Jazz Festival


Pittsfield City Jazz Festival

When & Where: 10-19 October, Pittsfield, MA (U.S.)

Performers: Stephanie Nakasian, Empire Jazz Orchestra, Claire Daly, Sharel Cassity


Stockholm Jazz FestivalStockholm Jazz Festival

When & Where: 10-19 October, Stockholm (Sweden)

Performers: Wayne Shorter 4et, Jamie Cullum, Angélique Kidjo, José James, Hanna Paulsberg Concept, Kairos 4et feat. Emilia Mårtensson


Jazz sur SeineJazz Sur Seine

When & Where: 10-25 October, Paris (France)

Performers: Tricia Evy, Gael Horellou, Lou Tavano, The Drops, Michel Reis “Paris” 4et


Earshot Jazz FestivalEarshot Jazz Festival

When & Where: 10 October – 11 November, Seattle, WA (U.S.)

Performers: Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas 5et, Carmen Lundy Group, Pharoah Sanders 4et, Greg Osby 4et, Jacky Terrasson Trio


Sax on the RiverSax on the River

When & Where: 11 October, Sacramento, CA (U.S.)

Performers: Elan Trotman, Cecil Ramirez Group, Cynthia Douglas


Smooth Jazz Fall Festival


The Smooth Jazz Fall Festival

When & Where: 11 October, Davenport, IA (U.S.)

Performers: Jeff Lorber Fusion & Eric Marienthal


Kansas City's Vine Jazz & Blues FestivalKansas City’s Vine Jazz & Blues Festival

When & Where: 11 October, Kansas City, MO (U.S.)

Performers: Roy Hargrove, Lucky Peterson, Meshell Ndegeocello, Midnight Star


Tversted JazzDaysTversted Jazzy Days

When & Where: 11-18 October, Tversted (Denmark)

Performers: John Scofield Trio, Joey DeFrancesco Trio, Riel/Passborg, Bobo Moreno 4et


Tourcoing JazzTourcoing Jazz Festival

When & Where: 11-19 October, Tourcoing (France)

Performers: Gregory Porter, Ibrahim Maalouf, Youn Sun Nah 4et, Sylvain Luc & Daniel Mille


AghaRTA Prague Jazz FestivalAghaRTA Prague Jazz Festival

When & Where: 12 October-28 November, Prague (Czech Republic)

Performers: Stanley Clarke Band, Anat Cohen 4et, Medeski,/Scofield,/Martin/Wood, Candy Dulfer


Festival International de Jazz de QuébecFestival International de Jazz de Québec

When & Where: 13 October – 2 November, Québec City, QC (Canada)

Performers: Wynton Marsalis & Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Cyrille Aimée, Emilie-Claire Barlow


Sun Valley Jazz JamboreeSun Valley Jazz Jamboree

When & Where: 15-19 October, Sun Valley, ID (U.S.)

Performers: Jim Fryer & the Usual Suspects, Tom Rigney & Flambeau, Gator Nation, Bill Allred’s Classic Jazz Band


Clearwater Jazz HolidayClearwater Jazz Holiday

When & Where: 16-19 October, Clearwater, FL (U.S.)

Performers: Earth, Wind & Fire, Dr. John & The Nite Trippers, Spyro Gyra, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Tomkats Jazz Orchestra feat. Katt Hefner


Vilnius Jazz FestivalVilnius Jazz Festival

When & Where: 16-19 October, Vilnius (Lithuania)

Performers: Emile Parisien 4et, Digital Primitives, Emil Viklicky Trio, Aki Takase


Amelia Island Jazz FestivalAmelia Island Jazz Festival

When & Where: 16-19 October, Amelia Island, FL (U.S.)

Performers: Randy Brecker, Tony Monaco, Jilla Webb, Bonnie Eisele, James Hogan


Skopje Jazz FestivalSkopje Jazz Festival

When & Where: 16-19 October, Skopje (Macedonia)

Performers: Terri Lyne Carrington, Wadada Leo Smith, Obara International, Matthew Shipp, Eliane Elias


Rehoboth Beach Jazz FestivalRehoboth Beach Jazz Festival

When & Where: 16-19 October, Rehoboth Beach, DE (U.S.)

Performers: Al Jarreau, Boney James, Brian Culbertson, Gerald Albright, Patti Austin, Rick Braun


DolaJazzDølaJazz-Lillehammer Jazzfestival

When & Where: 16-19 October, Lillehammer (Norway)

Performers: The Muffinz, Mezzoforte, Vidar Busk, Kåre Nymark Jr. Band


Jazzmandu - Kathmandu Jazz FestivalJazzmandu – Kathmandu Jazz Festival

When & Where: 16-22 October, Kathmandu (Nepal)

Performers: KJ Denhert, Eduardo Mendonça, Pity Cabrera Trio, Ange Takats, Kristian Persson Elements


Texas Jazz FestivalTexas Jazz Festival

When & Where: 17-19 October, Corpus Christi, TX (U.S.)

Performers: Tom Braxton, Stacey Knights, Stephen Richard, Joel Dilley, Texas Brass Band


Granite Town Moruya's Jazz, Food & Funk FestivalGranite Town Moruya’s Jazz, Food & Funk Festival

When & Where: 17-19 October, Moruya, NSW (Australia)

Performers: Katie Noonan, Emma Pask, Mama Kin, Thirsty Merc


Jazzfest FutureJazzfest Future

When & Where: 17-19 October, Trondheim (Norway)

Performers: Pat Metheny Unity Group, Earth, Wind & Fire Experience feat. Al McKay, Lighthouse, Lizz Wright, Naoko Sakata Trio


Barcelona International Jazz FestivalBarcelona International Jazz Festival

When & Where: 17 October – 29 November, Barcelona (Spain)

Performers: Kenny Barron & Dave Holland, Gary Burton 4et, John Legend, Diana Krall, Wayne Shorter 4et, Joe Lovano – Dave Douglas 5et, Chucho Valdés


JazzFest at SeaJazz Fest at Sea

When & Where: 18-25 October, Cruis from Miami, FL to San Juan (Puerto Rico)

Performers: The Allan Vache Jazz 6et,  The Harry Allen 5et, The Bria Skonberg 5et, Banue Gibson


Capital Jazz SuperCruiseCapital Jazz Super Cruise

When & Where: 18-26 October, from Fort Lauderdale, FL (U.S.) to Costa Rica, Panama, Cayman Islands

Performers: Fourplay, Kirk Whalum, Lalah Hathaway, Patti LaBelle, Jonathan Butler, Spyro Gyra


Gibraltar International Jazz FestivalGibraltar International Jazz Festival

When & Where: 20-25 October, Gibraltar (Gibraltar)

Performers: Eliane Elias feat. Randy Brecker, The New Orleans Jump Band, Levanter Breeze


Sibiu Jazz FestivalSibiu Jazz Festival

When & Where: 20-26 October, Sibiu (Romania)

Performers: Chico Freeman, Carmen Souza, Eli Degibri, Nicolas Kummert 4et, Ramon Valle Trio


Jazz Festival Umea Jazz Festival Umeå

When & Where: 21-26, Umeå (Sweden)

Performers: Avishai Cohen, Charles Lloyd 4et, Elephant9, Robert Glasper Experiment, Slowly Rolling Camera


Tbilisi Jazz FestivalTbilisi Jazz Festival

When & Where: 23-27 October, Tbilisi (Georgia)

Performers: Stanley Clarke Band, Michel Camilo Trio, Andy Sheppard 4et, Liv Warfield & NPG Hornz, George Mel 4et


Guinness Cork Jazz FestivalGuinness Cork Jazz Festival

When & Where: 23-27 October, Cork (Ireland)

Performers: Dianne Reeves, Carmen Lundy, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Imelda May, The Frank and Walters



When & Where: 24-25 October, Kortrijk (Belgium)

Performers: Dal Sasso/Belmondo Big Band, Rabih Abou-Khalil Trio, Black Flower, Dans Dans


Arizona Jazz FestivalArizona Jazz Festival

When & Where: 24-26 October, Sedona, AZ (U.S.)

Performers: Boney James, Brian Culbertson, Mindi Abair, Maze ft. Frankie Beverly, Mint Condition, Peter White & Euge Groove


Belgrade Jazz FestivalBelgrade Jazz Festival

When & Where: 24-27 October, Belgrade (Serbia)

Performers: Children of Light Trio, Charles Lloyd, Sylvie Courvoisier, Michel Camilo


Baloise SessionBaloise Session

When & Where: 24 October-11 November, Basel (Switzerland)

Performers: Elvis Costello, Dr. John feat. Sarah Morrow & Arturo Sandoval, Monty Alexander, Morrissey, Wyclef Jean


Jazz Onze Festival LausanneJazz Onze+ Festival Lausanne

When & Where: 28 October-2 November, Lausanne (Switzerland)

Performers: Dee Dee Bridgewater, Charles Lloyd, Roy Hargrove 5et, Jack DeJohnette Trio, Manuel Gesseney 5et



When & Where: 29 October-1 November, Zürich (Switzerland)

Performers: Snarky Puppy, Christian McBride Trio, Avishai Cohen Trio, Robert Galsper Experiment, Spyro Gyra, Lucky Peterson


Tampere Jazz HappeningTampere Jazz Happening

When & Where: 30 October-2 November, Tampere (Finland)

Performers: Terence Blanchard E-Collective, Bill Frisell, Takuya Kuroda, Zakir Hussain, Django Bates’ Beloved,  Mikko Innanen 10+


Jazzfest BerlinJazzfest Berlin

When & Where: 30 October-2 November, Berlin (Germany)

Performers: Benny Golson 4et, WDR Big Band & Kurt Elling, Jason Moran & The Bandwagon, Get the Blessing, Soweto Kinch


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