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Jazz Festivals Guide: September

Even though summer is getting to an end, the list of jazz festivals that take place around the world is not getting shorter…quite the opposite, actually!

The Ultimate Summer Jazz Festivals Guide for September 2014 features over 60 jazz events from all over the world, including the 57th annual Monterey Jazz Festival, the 13th edition of Tokyo Jazz Festival, Tanjazz and Jazz au Chellah in Morocco, and Noosa Jazz Fest in Australia. And don’t forget about some of Europe’s coolest jazz happenings such as Jazz à la Villette, the Smooth Jazz Festival in Augsburg, Herts Jazz and Lancaster JazzFest in the UK.

Ah, did I mention that the Maui Jazz & Blues Festival, Canada’s Guelph Jazz and Brantford International Jazz Festival, Angel City Jazz Fest, Berklee Beantown Jazz, OutBeat Jazz and Las Vegas Jazz Festival all take place in September too?

Jazz festivals in North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia, and the cruise Dave Koz & Friends at Sea… this month’s jazz festivals guide really has it all (so don’t forget to tweet it)!

iTunes FestivaliTunes Festival

Where & When: London, England (UK), 1-30 September

Performers: Tony Bennett, Gregory Porter, Beck, Pharrell Williams, Maroon 5, Robert Plant




Northampton Jazz Festival

Northampton Jazz Festival

Where & When: Northampton, MA (U.S.), 2-6 September

Performers: Etienne Charles & Creole Soul, Champian Fulton Quartet, Seamus Blake Band, FlavaEvolution



Jazz Sudbury

Jazz Sudbury Festival

Where & When: Sudbury, ON (Canada), 3-6 September

Performers: Emilie-Claire Barlow, Heavyweights Brass Band, Hugh Jazz, Chris Dardick Group



Guelph Jazz FestivalGuelph Jazz Festival

Where & When: Guelph, ON (Canada), 3-7 September

Performers: Vijay Iyer Trio,  Sun Ra Arkestra, Randy Weston’s African Rhythms Trio



FestiJazz Bolivia


Where & When: Sucre (Bolivia), 3-13 September

Performers: Check festival’s official website



Jazz à la VilletteJazz à la Villette

Where & When: Paris (France), 3-14 September

Performers: Avishai Cohen, Maceo Parker, Joshua Redman & The Bad Plus, José James, Laura Mvula, Henri Texier




Where & When: Kristiansand (Norway), 4-6 September

Performers: Laurie Anderson, Nils Petter Molvaer, Fennesz, Arve Henriksen, Dodebum, Kresten Osgood



Noosa Jazz FestivalNoosa Jazz Festival

Where & When: Noosa Lions Park (Australia), 4-7 September

Performers: Vince Jones, Steve Clisby, Emma Pask, Grace Knight, Greg Gould, Jan Preston



Maui Jazz & Blues Festival

Maui Jazz & Blues Festival

Where & When: Maui, Hawaii (U.S.), 4-7 September

Performers: Les McCann, Donald Harrison, Javon Jackson, Steve Turre, Paula Fuga, Corey Ledet, Benny Uyetake



Brighton Jazz BBQ

Brighton’s Smokin’ Jazz & Barbecue Blues Festival

Where & When: Brighton, MI (U.S.), 5-6 September

Performers: Nikki Hill, Larry McCray, Nick Moss Band, CJ Chenier & His Red Hot Louisiana Band

Tokyo Jazz FestivalTokyo Jazz Festival

Where & When: Tokyo (Japan), 5-7 September

Performers: Herbie Hancock, Chaka Khan, Benny Golson, Christian McBride Big Band, Hiromi, Ron Carter, Ahmad Jamal, Makoto Ozone


All-Canadian Hope PortAll-Canadian Jazz Festival Port Hope

Where & When: Port Hope, ON (Canada), 5-7 September

Performers: Kellylee Evans, Mike Francis Quartet, Fathead, Susie Arioli, Mike Janzen Trio


Rimini JazzRimini Jazz

Where & When: Rimini (Italy), 5-7 September

Performers: NP Big Band, Rimini Dixieland Jazz Band, Roman Dixieland Few Stars


Pentastic Hot Jazz Festival

Pentastic Hot Jazz Festival

Where & When: Penticton, BC (Canada), 5-7 September

Performers: Tom Rigney & Flambeau, The Terrier Brothers, Gator Nation, Lance Buller, Blackstick


Dave Koz & Friends at SeaDave Koz & Friends at Sea

Where & When: Cruise from Vancouver, BC (Canada) to Ketchikan, Alaska (U.S.), 5-12 September

Performers: Dave Koz, Chris Botti, Gerald Albright, Bobby Caldwell, Richard Elliot, Mindi Abair, Oleta Adams


Jazz au SommetJazz Au Sommet

Where & When: Planfoy (France), 5-21 September

Performers: Djacque Le Notare, Acro Jazz, Ortie, Michelangelo 4et, Le Grand Bal Des Cousins


Jazz Festival SoestJazz Festival Soest

Where & When: Soest (Netherlands), 6 September

Performers: Incognito, Licks & Brains, Sherry Dyanne, Anna Serierse


Grols Jazz VestevalGrols Jazz-Vesteval

Where & When: Groenlo (Netherlands), 6 September

Performers: Yanesh!, The Cool Quest, Bradley’s Circus, Fat Harry and the Fuzzy Licks


Prairie Village Jazz Festival

Prairie Village Jazz Festival

Where & When: Kansas City, MO (U.S.), 6 September

Performers: Deborah Brown feat. Joe Lovano & Terell Stafford, Kevin Mahogany feat. Joe Cartwright Trio, The Jazz Disciples



BB Jazz Festival

BB Jazz Festival

Where & When: Huntington Beach, CA (U.S.), 6-7 September

Performers: Tony! Toni! Toné!, Mint Condition, Moon Child, Tim Bowman, Chrisette Michele, Noel Gourdin


Zoetermeer Jazz

Zoetermeer Jazz

Where & When: Zoetermeer (Netherlands), 7-27 September

Performers: James Tormé, Madeline Bell, Jon Gomm, Mrs Hips, Wim Ninaber


Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival

Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival

Where & When: Fredericton, NB (Canada), 9-14 September

Performers: Dr. John, Laila Biali, Phil Dwyer, STU Jazz Orchestra, Emilie-Claire Barlow, Gypsophilia



Where & When: Tanger (Morocco), 10-14 September

Performers: Cécile McLorin Salvant, Buika, Lillian Boutté, Drew Davies Rhythm Combo, Gnawa Express, Olinka Mitroshina


Smooth Jazz Festival AugsburgSmooth Jazz Festival Augsburg

Where & When: Augsburg (Germany), 11-14 September

Performers: Candy Dulfer, Paul Taylor, Marion Meadows, Chris Standring, Julian Vaughn, Bob Baldwin


KoktebelKoktebel Jazz Festival

Where & When: Koktebel (Ukraine), 11-14 September

Performers: Get the Blessing, Brazzaville, Nadine Shah


Indy Jazz FestIndy Jazz Fest

Where & When: Indianapolis, IN (U.S.), 11-20 September

Performers: Maceo Parker, Tom Harrell, JoshKaufman, Steve Turre, Grace Kelly


Imperial Wharf Jazz FestImperial Wharf Jazz Festival

Where & When: London, England (UK), 12-13 September

Performers: Liane Carroll Trio, Ezra Collective, Jazz Jamaica feat. Myrna Hague, GoGo Penguin, Yolanda Brown


Herts Jazz FestivalHerts Jazz Festival

Where & When: Welwyn Garden City (UK), 12-14 September

Performers: John Taylor Quartet, Alan Skidmore Quartet feat. Georgie Fame, Jean Toussaint, Brian Dee Trio


Brantford International Jazz FestivalBrantford International Jazz Festival

Where & When: Brantford, ON (U.S.), 12-14 September

Performers: Mark McLean & KellyLee Evans, Bria Skonberg, Myriad 3, Eliana Cuevas, Pavlo, George Olliver & Gangbusters



Where & When: Toledo, OH (U.S.), 12-14 September

Performers: Cakewalkin’ Jass Band, Yerba Buena Stompers, Boilermaker Jazz Band, North Side Jazz Band


Toots Jazz Festival

Toots Jazz Festival

Where & When: La Hulpe (Belgium), 12-14 September

Performers: Thomas Dutronc, Philip Catherine, Charles Loos, Steve Houben, West Music Club


Charlotte Sunset Jazz FestivalCharlotte Sunset Jazz Festival

Where & When: Charlotte, NC (U.S.), 13 September

Performers: Adrian Crutchfield, Kenneth Carr and the Tigers, Charlotte Jazz Orchestra, Robyn Springer, Los Trabucos


Lake George JazzJazz at the Lake

Where & When: Lake George, NY (U.S.), 13-14 September

Performers: Cyrille Aimée & Gypsy Jazz Quintet, Anat Cohen Quartet, Jane Bunnett & Maqueque, Raymond Scott Orchestrette


Jazz al ParqueJazz al Parque

Where & When: Bogotá (Colombia), 14-15 September

Performers: Check festival’s official website


Festival Jazz Girona

Festival de Jazz de Girona

Where & When: Girona (Spain), 14-27 September

Performers: Håkan Broström Quartet feat. Joey Calderazzo & Jeff “Tain” Watts, David Pastor Nu-Roots


San Francisco Jazz FestivalSan Francisco Jazz Festival

Where & When: San Francisco, CA (U.S.), 15 September-18 December

Performers: Pat Metheny, Robert Glasper Trio, Carmen Souza, Asha Bhosle, Vinicius Cantuária



Jazz au Chellah

Jazz au Chellah

Where & When: Chellah, Rabat (Morocco), 17-21 September

Performers: Phronesis, Majid Bekkas Afro-Oriental Jazz Trio, Anu Junnonen, Juan Carmona Quintet, De Jongens Driest, For Free Hands



Jazz Finland FestivalJazz Finland Festival

Where & When: Helsinki (Finland), 18-20 September

Performers: UMO Jazz Orchestra, Timo Lassy Band, Mopo, Jussi Fredriksson, Kari Ikonen Trio, Young Nordic Jazz Comets showcase


Jazz N Caz

Jazz – N – Caz

Where & When: Cazenovia, NY (U.S.), 18-20 September

Performers: Catherine Russell, Marrissa Mulder, Karen Oberlin, Paul Carlon and La Rumba is a Lovesome Thing

OutBeat Jazz FestivalOutBeat Jazz Festival

Where & When: Philadelphia, PA (U.S.), 18-21 September

Performers: Andy Bey, Terri Lyne Carrington, Fred Hersch, Bill Stewart, Patricia Barber, Dena DeRose, Jennifer Leitham


Lancaster Jazz FestivalLancaster Jazz Festival

Where & When: Lancaster, England (UK), 18-21 September

Performers: Courtney Pine, Dennis Rollins, Samuel Eagles, Elliot Galvin Trio, Paul Edis Sextet


Jazz & Blues in the VillageJazz & Blues in the Village

Where & When: Sarnia, ON (U.S.), 19-20 September

Performers: Diana Panton, Al Weiss Jazz Quartet, Chris Murphy Band, JW-Jones


Las Vegas Jazz FestivalLas Vegas Jazz Festival

Where & When: Las Vegas, NV (U.S.), 19-21 September

Performers: Maze feat. Frankie Beverly, Brian Culbertson, Euge Groove, Anthony Hamilton, Ledisi, Jessy J


Newtown Jazz & Wine Festival

Newton Jazz and Wine Festival

Where & When: Newton, MA (U.S.), 19-21 September

Performers: Patrice Williamson, Dominique Eade, Dale LePage, Lydia Harrell, Cassandra Pearl, NJWF All Stars


Monterey Jazz Festival

Monterey Jazz Festival

Where & When: Monterey, CA (U.S.), 19-21 September

Performers: Herbie Hancock, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Charles Lloyd Quartet, Ambrose Akinmusire Quintet, Gary Clark Jr., The Roots


Brea Downtown Jazz Festival

Brea Downtown Jazz Festival

Where & When: Brea, CA (U.S.), 19-21 September

Performers: Poncho Sanchez Perek Bordeaux, Bleeding Harp, The Hats



Pender Harbour Jazz Festival

Pender Harbour Jazz Festival

Where & When: Pender Harbour, BC (Canada), 19-21 September

Performers: George Cables Trio, Dan Brubeck Quartet, Gary Comeau & Friends, Katherine Penfold Trio



Angel City Jazz Festival

Angel City Jazz Festival

Where & When: Los Angeles, CA (U.S.), 19-28 September

Performers: Wadada Leo Smith’s Silver Orchestra, Allison Miller Boom Tic Boom, Toshiko Akiyoshi Trio, Anthony Braxton


Englewood Jazz FestivalEnglewood Jazz Festival

Where & When: Chicago, IL (U.S.), 20 September

Performers: Chico Freeman, Marquis Hill Blacktet, Denise Thimes, Live the Spirit Big Band feat. Ari Brown


Apex Jazz & Music FestivalApex Jazz & Music Festival

Where & When: Apex, NC (U.S.), 20 September

Performers: MikeMickXer, Heart Brigade, The Soul Psychedelique Orchestra, Peak City Sound


Jazz SA LiveJazz’SAlive

Where & When: San Antonio, TX (U.S.), 20-21 September

Performers: Eddie Palmieri, Marlena Shaw, Yellowjackets


Russian River Jazz and Blues FestivalRussian River Jazz and Blues Festival

Where & When: Guerneville, CA (U.S). 20-21 September

Performers: Boney James, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Larry Graham & Graham Central Station, Gary Clark Jr.


Savannah Jazz Festival

Savannah Jazz Festival

Where & When: Savannah, GA (U.S.), 21-27 September

Performers: Jon Faddis & Savannah Jazz Orchestra, Rene Marie Quartet, Don Braden Quartet, Shemikia Copeland Band


London Latin Jazz FestLondon Latin Jazz Fest

Where & When: London, England (UK), 23-27 September

Performers: Eliae Correa, Grupo X, Jandira Silva, Mike Lindup & Alex Wilson


Ethno Jazz FestivalEthno Jazz Festival

Where & When: Chisinau (Moldova), 25-28 September

Performers: Jazzkamikaze, Univox, Trilok Gurtu New Band, Ronin, Trigon, Grzegorz Karnas Quartet

Dubrovnik International Wine & Jazz Festival Dubrovnik International Wine & Jazz Festival

Where & When: Dubrovnik (Croatia), 25-28 September

Performers: José Feliciano, Dan Brubeck Trio, Michael Kissinger, Maria Manzo


Limerick Jazz Festival

Limerick Jazz Festival

When & Where: Limerick (Ireland), 25-28 September

Performers: Dublin City Jazz Orchestra feat. Peter Churchill, Nigel Mooney Septet feat. Julian Siegel, Crisis Point Big Band


Jazz Days at Festival International EchternachJazz Days at the International Festival Echternach

Where & When: Echternach (Luxembourg), 26 September

Performers:  Jeff Cascaro, The Teachers



Lockerbie Jazz FestivalLockerbie Jazz Festival

Where & When: Lockerbie, Scotland (UK), 26-28 September

Performers: The BBC Big Band, Evan Christopher with Ken Mathieson’s Classic Jazz Orchestra,  Maggie Bell, Take 5


Memorial to Miles Memorial to Miles Targi Kielce Jazz Festival

Where & When: Kielce (Poland), 26-28 September

Performers: Piotr Schmidt, Michal Szkil, Piotra Salaty, Wlodzimierza Pawlika


Jazz Festival Viersen

Jazz Festival Viersen

Where & When: Viersen (Germany), 26-28 September

Performers: Wolfgang Haffner, Tobias Christl & Wildern, Hanno Busch Trio, CaboCubaJazz


Scarborough Jazz FestivalScarborough Jazz Festival

Where & When: Scarborough, England (UK), 26-28 September

Performers: Dennis Rollins Velocity Trio, Nigel Kennedy, John Etheridge and Band, Ollie Howell Quintet


JFly Music FestivalJFly Music Festival

Where & When: Phoenix Park, Waycross, GA (U.S.), 27 September

Performers: Bob Baldwin, Marion Meadows, Joey Sommerville, Marcus Anderson, Jeanette Harris


Berklee Beantown Jazz FestivalBerklee BeanTown Jazz Festival

Where & When: Berklee, MA (U.S.), 27 September

Performers: Ambrose Akinmusire, Snarky Puppy, Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio, Dionne Farris with Russell Gunn Quartet, Aubrey Logan


Hyde Park Jazz FestivalHyde Park Jazz Festival

Where & When: Chicago, IL (U.S.), 27-28 September

Performers: Craig Taborn, Dee Alexander Quartet feat. Oliver Lake, J. D. Allen Quartet, Etienne Charles & Creole Soul, Art Hoyle Quintet


JazzFest Falmouth

Jazzfest Falmouth

Where & When: Falmouth, MA (U.S.), 27 September-8 October

Performers: Catherine Russell, Alan Broadbent, New Black Eagle Jazz Band, Dave Zinno Quartet

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