Discover the hottest jazz festivals around the world

If travel is on your mind and jazz has a place in your heart, these festivals are the next stop for you!

Gone are the days when jazz was the prerogative of poorly lit clubs. Over the years, the fascinating musical genre has pushed the boundaries and carved out a special place for itself in the mainstream. So much so that today’s music lovers travel from near and far to feel its magic. Now that live music has made a comeback this year, be sure to check out these best jazz festivals in the world!

The biggest Jazz festival in the world: Montreal International Jazz Festival (FIJM)

The artists’ program includes: The comet is coming, Hanorah, Ibrahim Maalouf, Naomi

Next edition: June 29-July 8, 2023

Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Montreal hosts the largest jazz festival in the world. Image: Courtesy of FIJM website.

Since the summer of 1979, the largest city in Quebec has hosted the FIJM, or Montreal International Jazz Festival, as it is commonly called, every year. The city’s biggest jazz-themed party has been attracting legendary musicians since its inception. Hundreds of concerts are held indoors and outdoors, ranging from blues and acoustic folk to electro and of course traditional jazz. According to Guinness World Records, it is the largest jazz festival in the world. montrealjazzfest.com

The most cultural Jazz festival in the world: New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival

The artists’ program includes: To be determined

Next edition: April 28-May 7, 2023

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

New Orleans Jazz Festival
The heart of world jazz and beyond! Image: Courtesy of NOJAZZ website.

When you have a jazz festival that spans two weekends, you know the lineup is going to be huge, and the New Orleans Jazz Festival live up to that expectation. With 12 different music stages and an alumni roster that spans over 22,000 artists since 1970, it has hosted some of the greatest artists of the last half-century! A true heritage festival, each year it presents a huge list of artists from various genres including gospel, blues, traditional and contemporary jazz, rock, pop, R&B, Cajun, zydeco and much more! nojazzfest.com

The best ‘new jazz’ festival in the world: XJAZZ-Festival

The artists’ program includes: Avishai Cohen, Jose James, Theo Croker

Next edition: May 10-14, 2023

Location: Berlin, Germany

The best jazz festivals in the world
Berlin’s biggest musical attraction is as grand as you think! Image: Courtesy of XJAZZ website.

Probably the newest on the list, XJAZZ-Festival will celebrate its ninth anniversary next year. But with 80 acts scheduled in 10 different venues, this is Berlin’s biggest jazz festival and aims to cross stylistic boundaries with innovative artists. The festival focuses on the development of global jazz with influences from other styles of music including pop, funk, hip-hop, African rhythm, electronic, improvisation and more. xjazz.net

The most picturesque jazz festival in the world: Montreux Jazz Festival

The artists’ program includes: To be determined

Next edition: June 30-July 15, 2023

Location: Montreux, Switzerland

Montreux Jazz Festival
Nothing better than swaying your hips to slow jazz facing the Swiss Alps! Image: Courtesy of the Montreux Jazz Festival website.

Perched on the shores of Lake Geneva with a view of the majestic Chablais Alps, Montreux Jazz Festival has undoubtedly reserved the most picturesque spot for itself. Founded in 1967, this Swiss carnival is the OG queen of European jazz festivals — second in size to Montreal’s massive annual jamboree. It has become a modern musical event over time, but jazz remains at the heart of its activities with workshops, jazz cruises, themed trains, competitions, late night jams, club stages, outdoor stages, large auditoriums, loads of DJs and chill out time. bars. montreuxjazzfestival.com

The oldest jazz festival in the world: Monterey Jazz Festival

The artists’ program includes: Incognito, Maysa, Gregory Porter, Artemis

Next edition: September 23-25, 2022

Location: Monterey, California, USA

Monterey Jazz Festival
The longest in the running for a reason. Image: Courtesy of the Monterey Jazz Festival website.

Held annually on the 20-acre, oak-dotted Monterey County Fairgrounds since 1958, the nonprofit festival celebrates jazz and America’s cultural heritage by showcasing legendary musicians, composers and young rising stars. The 65th anniversary of the Monterey Jazz Festival is sure to be a big deal. This year’s event will feature four stages and a massive lineup showcasing a wide range of jazz styles – from big band to avant-garde. montereyjazzfestival.org

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