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August Jazz Festivals Guide

 The Ultimate Summer Jazz Festivals Guide is back!

For August 2014 we are going to go from the sunny and beautiful Antilles to Australia and the incredible sceneries of Iceland, with stops in North America and Europe. The Ultimate Summer Jazz Festivals Guide for August 2014 features over 60 jazz events all over the world, from North America’s most famous jazz fests – including the 60th edition of Newport Jazz Festival and the 35th annual Detroit Jazz Festival – to great jazz festivals in France, the UK, the Nordic Countries and the rest of Europe.

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Jazz on the PlazzJazz on the Plazz

Where & When: Los Gatos, CA (U.S.), 25 June – 27 August

Performers: Snarky Puppy, Tuck & Patti, Kathy Kosins and Full Spectrum Jazz Orchestra, Monterey Jazz Festival County High School All Stars

 

 

Houston Jazz FestivalHouston International Jazz Festival

Where & When: Houston, TX (U.S.), 31 July – 3 August

Performers: Kyle Turner, Joe Carmouche, Courtney Sanchez, Bayou City Brass Band, Althea Rene’, Liz Vaughn

 

ElojazzElojazz

Where & When: Oulu (Finland), 31 July – 3 August

Performers: Joe Lovano, Timo Lassy, Joyce Elaine Yuille, Lars Danielsson, Jukkis Uotila

 

Varna JazzVarna Summer International Jazz Festival

Where & When: Varna (Bulgaria), 31 July – 3 August

Performers: Dimitar Liolev 4et, Kochetov 5et, Plamen Karadonev Trio, Acquaphonica

 

 

Jazz à BagnolesJazz à Brignoles

Where & When: Brignoles (France), 31 July – 3 August

Performers: Ben Toury, Sub Jazz Project, Rene Briaval 4et, Paul Lay

 

 

Locomotive Jazz FestivalLocomotive Jazz Festival

Where & When: Lecce (Italy), 31 July – 4 August

Performers: William Greco, Antonella Ruggiero in Jazz, Larry Franco, Mark Harris

 

Trnavsky JazzykTrnavsky Jazzyk

Where & When: Trnava (Slovakia), 1-2 August

Performers: Richard Bona 5et, Bloom, Stefan Bugala & Eugen Vizváry

 

 

Gouvy Jazz & Blues FestivalGouvy Jazz & Blues Festival

Where & When: Gouvy (Belgium), 1-3 August

Performers: Check festival’s official website

 

Kaliningrad JazzKaliningrad City Jazz

Where & When: Kaliningrad (Russia), 1-3 August

Performers: Avishai Cohen, UB40, Caryl Baker 4et, Anna Schnell and Jo-Jo Effect

 

 

La Londe Jazz FestivalLa Londe Jazz Festival

Where & When: La Londe les Maures (France), 1-3 August

Performers: Panam Panic, BFG Bex Ferris Goubert, Debademba

 

Loulé JazzLoulé Jazz Festival

Where & When: Loulé (Portugal), 1-3 August

Performers: Genoveva Faísca, Eduardo Cardinho & João Barradas, Low Tech Groove

 

Telluride Jazz FestivalTelluride Jazz Festival

Where & When: Telluride, CO (U.S.), 1-3 August

Performers: Poncho Sanchez, Snarky Puppy, Monty Alexander & Harlem-Kingston Express, Lettuce, Dragon Smoke

 

Newport Jazz FestivalNewport Jazz Festival

When & Where: Newport, RI (U.S.), 1-3 August

Performers: Bobby McFerrin, Wynton Marsalis, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Dave Holland, Gregory Porter, Dr. John

 

AquaJazz Sochi Jazz FestivalAquaJazz Sochi Jazz Festival

Where & When: Sochi (Russia), 1-4 August

Performers: Allan Harris Band, Lee Ritenour Band, Dave Grusin, Fantine, Lisa Henry

 

Jazz à DomergueJazz à Domergue

Where & When: Cannes (France), 1-5 August

Performers: Guitar Family Connection, Elina Duni 4et, Philippe Petit 4et, Randy Ingram 4et

 

Tremplin Jazz AvignonTremplin Jazz

Where & When: Avignon (France), 1-6 August

Performers: Christian Scott, Manu Katché, Alexis Avakian 4et, Melanie De Biasio, Shahin Novrasli

 

 

Crest Jazz VocalCrest Jazz Vocal

Where & When: Crest (France), 1-9 August

Performers: Lisa Simone, Tigran Hamasyan, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Biréli Lagrène

 

 

Jazz em AgostoJazz em Agosto Festival

Where & When: Lisbon (Portugal), 1-10 August

Performers: Marc Ribot Ceramic Dog, Evan Parker & Matthew Shipp, Marc Ducret Real Thing #3, Luís Lopes Lisbon Berlin Trio

 

 

Stompin on the QuompsStompin’ on the Quomps

Where & When: Christchurch (UK), 2 August

Performers: Taverners Big Band, Blue Commotion ft. Zoë Schwartz, The Lemongrove

 

Xàbia JazzXàbia Jazz

Where & When: Jávea (Spain), 2-4 August

Performers: Christian Scott 6et, Carmen Souza, Sant Andreu Jazz Band

 

 

TW12 Jazz FestivalTW12 Jazz Festival

Where & When: London (UK), 3 August

Performers: Check festival’s official website

 

Festi JazzFesti-Jazz

Where & When: Saint Cezaire (France), 3-10 August

Performers: Zara McFarlane, Philippe Cocogne, Ed Cherry, Bruno Rousselet

 

 

Catskill Jazz FactoryCatskill Jazz Factory’s Joy of Jazz Week

Where & When: Tannersville, NY (U.S.), 5-9 August

Performers: Marcus Roberts, Charenee Wade 4et, Jason Marsalis, Rodney Jordan

 

 

Django Reinhardt New York FestivalDjango Reinhardt New York Festival

Where & When: New York City, NY (U.S.), 5-10 August

Performers: Joel Frahm, Anat Cohen, Jane Monheit, Edmar Castaneda, Chris Washburne

 

Jazz en BaieJazz en Baie

Where & When: Baie du Mont Saint-Michel (France), 5-16 August

Performers: Dee Dee Bridgewater, Roy Hargrove 5et, Avishai Cohen Trio,  Earth, Wind & Fire Experience ft. Al McKay, Biréli Lagrène, Jacky Terrasson

 

 

Silda JazzSildajazz Jazz Festival

Where & When: Haugesund (Norway), 6-10 August

Performers: Patti Austin, Liane Carroll, Miriam Mandipira, Dirty Loops, The Cat Empire

 

 

 

River Raisin Jazz FestivalRiver Raisin Jazz Festival

Where & When: Monroe, MI (U.S.), 7-10 August

Performers: Keiko Matsui, Spyro Gyra, Marc Antoine, River Raisin Big Band

 

 

Brecon Jazz FestivalBrecon Jazz Festival

Where & When: Brecon (Wales, UK), 7-10 August

Performers: Greogory Porter, Laura Mvula, Zara McFarlane, Polar Bear, Warren Vaché 5et, Loose Tubes

 

 

Au Grès du JazzAu Grès du Jazz

Where & When: La Petite Pierre (France), 7-17 August

Performers: Gregory Porter, Avishai Cohen Trio, Roy Hargrove 5et, Roberto Fonseca & Fatoumata Diawara, Paolo Fresu & Omar Sosa

 

 

Downtown Oakville Jazz FestivalDowntown Oakville Jazz Festival

Where & When: Oakville (Canada), 8 & 9 August

Performers: Dr. Lonnie Smith, Ruthie Foster, Frank Horvat Band, Ginger St. James & the Grinders, Charlie Kert

 

 

Litchfield Jazz FestivalLitchfield Jazz Festival

Where & When: Goshen, CT (U.S.), 8-10 August

Performers: Cécile McLorin Salvant, Kirk Whalum, Anthony Strong, Cyrus Chestnut Trio, Jane Bunnett, Curtis Fuller

 

San Jose Jazz Summer FestSan Jose Jazz Summer Fest

Where & When: San Jose, CA (U.S.), 8-10 August

Performers: Snarky Puppy, Poncho Sanchez, Bootsy Collins, Marc Cary Focus Trio, Monty Alexander, Catherine Russell,  Kris Bowers

 

Flow FestivalFlow Festival (featured festival)

Where & When: Helsinki (Finland), 8-10 August

Performers: Roy Hargrove 5et, Evan Parker, Mopo, The National, Manic Street Preachers, Outkast

 

Long Beach Jazz FestivalLong Beach Jazz Festival

Where & When: Long Beach, CA (U.S.), 9 & 10 August

Performers: Al Jarreau, Al Williams Jazz Society, Lalah Hathaway, Rachelle Ferrell, Ramsey Lewis, Tyrese

 

Richmond Jazz FestivalRichmond Jazz Festival

Where & When: Richmond, VA (U.S.), 9 & 10 August

Performers: Cassandra Wilson, Boney James, Down to the Bone, Regina Carter, Tierney Sutton

 

Oslo Jazz FestivalOslo Jazz Festival

Where & When: Oslo (Norway), 11-16 August

Performers: Evan Christopher’s Django à lá Créole, Sun Ra Arkestra, Monty Alexander Trio, Hanna Paulsberg Concept

 

Parfum de JazzParfum de Jazz

Where & When: Buis les Baronnies (France), 11-23 August

Performers: Sylvia Howard, Virginie Techeyne, Pink Turtle 7et, Ray Lema

 

Haarlem Jazz & MoreHaarlem Jazz & More

Where & When: Haarlem (Netherlands), 13-16 August

Performers: CeCe Peniston, Goodluck, Gregory Boyd, Lucien Foort & Sammy Sticks, Saxophonation, Sabrina Starke

 

 

 

 

Nisville Jazz FestivalNisville Jazz Festival (featured festival)

Where & When: Nis (Serbia), 14-17 August

Performers: Check festival’s official website

 

 

Markham Jazz FestivalMarkham Jazz Festival

Where & When: Markham (Canada), 14-17 August

Performers: Jackie Richardson, Bruce Cockburn, Craig Handy

 

 

Turku Jazz Turku Jazz Festival

Where & When: Turku (Finland), 14-17 August

Performers: Timo Lassy Band, Dan Tepfer, Aki Rissanen/Jussi Lehtonen 4et ft. Dave Liebman, Ruta Duduma Band

 

 

Jazz MiddelheimJazz Middelheim

Where & When: Antwerp (Belgium), 14-17 August

Performers: Herbie Hancock & Wayne Shorter, Vijay Iyer, Dave Douglas, Stacey Kent, Avishai Cohen Trio, Ahmad Jamal

 

 

Hudson Valley Jazz FestivalHudson Valley Jazz Festival

Where & When: Warwick, NY (U.S.), 14-17 August

Performers: Check festival’s official website

 

 

Reykjavík Jazz FestivalReykjavík Jazz Festival

Where & When: Reykjavík (Iceland), 14-20 August

Performers: Sunna Gunnlaugs Trio, Pedrito Martinez Group, Björn Thoroddsen 5et, Ari Hoenig

 

 

Bellingen Jazz FestivalBellingen Jazz Festival

Where & When: Bellingen, NSW (Australia), 15-17 August

Performers: Allan Browne, The Sugarfoot Ramblers,  The Unity Hall Jazz Band, Margie Lou Dyer Trio

 

 

Broadbeach Jazz FestivalBroadbeach Jazz Festival

Where & When: Gold Coast (Australia), 15-17 August

Performers: Ingrid James, Rhonda Burchmore, Grace Knight, Aaron West, Ashley Lewis, Frazer Goodman, James Sherlock

 

 

Canary Wharf Jazz FestivalCanary Wharf Jazz Festival

Where & When: London (England, UK), 15-17 August

Performers: Zara McFarlane, Polar Bear, Andy Sheppard 4et, Riot Jazz Brass Band

 

 

Montclair Jazz FestivalMontclair Jazz Festival

Where & When: Montclair, NJ (U.S.), 16  August

Performers: John Scofield, Christian McBride, Melissa Walker, Cuchito Valdes, Bruce Williams

 

 

Morristown Jazz & Blues FestivalMorristown Jazz & Blues Festival

Where & When: Morristown, NJ (U.S.), 16 August

Performers: Bucky Pizzarelli, Frank Vignola, Ed Laub, Winard Harper & Jeli Posse, Matt Schofield Trio

 

 

Jazz in the PinesJazz in the Pines

Where & When: Idyllwild, CA (U.S.), 16 & 17 August

Performers: Check festival’s official website

 

 

Salem Jazz and Soul FestivalSalem Jazz and Soul Festival

Where & When: Salem Willows, MA (U.S.), 16 & 17 August

Performers: Cape Ann Big Band, Delta Generators, Moon Hooch, North Shore Jazz Project All Stars

 

 

Jazz in the ValleyJazz in the Valley

Where & When: Poughkeespie, NY (U.S.), 17 August

Performers: Buster Williams, Javon Jackson, Steve Turre, Bobby Watson, Eddie Henderson

 

 

Vancouver Wine & Jazz FestivalVancouver Wine & Jazz Festival

Where & When: Vancouver (Canada), 21-24 August

Performers: Blind Boys of Alabama, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Lee Ritenour, Dan Brubeck Quartet, David Friesen Quintet

 

 

Rye International Jazz & Blues FestivalRye International Jazz & Blues Festival

Where & When: Rye (UK), 21-25 August

Performers: Jason Rebello, Kitty Laroar, Simon Spillett, Herbie Flowers, Julia Biel

 

 

Historic Lewiston Jazz FestivalLewiston Jazz Festival

Where & When: Lewiston, NY (U.S.), 22 & 23 August

Performers: Chris Tedesco, Tony Galla, Karrin Allyson, Dave Scott, Mari McNeil Jazz

 

 

Niagara Jazz FestivalNiagara Jazz Festival

Where & When: Niagara-on-the-Lake (Canada), 22-24 August

Performers: Brownman Electryc Trio, Xavier Jazz, Rob McBride Trio, Blue Note Quintet

 

 

Red Sea Jazz FestivalRed Sea Jazz Festival

Where & When: Eilat (Israel), 24-27 August

Performers: Dr. Lonnie Smith, Terence Blanchard Quintet, Diane Schuur, Kellylee Evans, Fred Hersch Trio, Omer Avital Quintet

 

 

Festi Jazz RimouskiFesti Jazz Rimouski

Where & When: Rimouski, Québéc (Canada), 27-31 August

Performers: Ari Hoenig Quintet, 5 for Trio, Hutchinson Andrew Trio, Steve Kuhn Trio, Taurey Butler Trio, Tierney Sutton

 

Curaçao North Sea Jazz FestivalCuraçao North Sea Jazz Festival

Where & When: Curaçao, (Antilles), Pre-Festival shows on 24 & 28 August, 29-30 August

Performers: Dianne Reeves, Chaka Khan, Dr. John, Maceo Parker, Smokey Robinson, José James, Janaelle Monáe, Joss Stone

 

Chicago Jazz Fest

Chicago Jazz Festival

Where & When: Chicago, IL (U.S.), 28-31 August

Performers: Dave Holland PRISM,Gary Burton, Rufus Reid,  Tom Harrell, Sun Ra Arkestra, Terence Blanchard, Cécile McLorin Salvant

 

 

 

Summer Jazz Bike TourSummer Jazz Bike Tour

Where & When: Proloog & Groningen (Netherlands), 29 & 30 August

Performers: Check festival’s official website

 

 

Detroit Jazz FestivalDetroit Jazz Festival

Where & When: Detroit, MI (U.S.), 29 August – 1 September

Performers: Joshua Redman, Tom Harrell, Dave Holland PRISM, Diane Schuur, Pharoah Sanders 4et, Cyrille Aimée, Christian McBride

 

 

Wall Street Jazz FestivalWall Street Jazz Festival

Where & When: New York City, NY (U.S.), 30 August

Performers: Roberta Piket 6et, Virginia Mayhew 4et, Estrella Salsa Etc., Laura Dubin Piano Trio

 

 

 

Wall2Wall Jazz FestivalWall2Wall Jazz Festival

Where & Where: Abergavenny (UK), 30 & 31 August

Performers: The National Youth Jazz Orchestra, Jacqui Dankworth, The Three Belles

 

 

Alcudia Jazz FestivalAlcúdia Jazz

Where & When: Alcúdia (Spain), 30 August – 27 September

Performers: Check festival’s official website

 

 

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