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Jazz Festivals

Jazz Music Festivals bring shows out of the clubs and into the streets, for celebrations that can last from a few days to several weeks. Sponsors make it possible for the biggest names in jazz as well as local or unknown musicians to come together in marathons of performances and educational events, exposing general audiences to the jazz spirit.
  1. Jazz Festival Reviews (11)

Jazz Festivals
Jazz Festivals celebrate music, art, dance, food, and community. Where ever there's a jazz festival, that city's jazz scene is given extraordinarily increased exposure. Also, international jazz stars play to audiences that don't often get the chance to see them perform live. Each festival has its own idiosyncrasies, and its own way of paying tribute to jazz. Below are profiles about some of the m…

Festival Profile: NYC Winter JazzFest
A profile of the NYC Winter JazzFest.

Monterey Jazz Festival
A history of the Monterey Jazz Festival, and this year's festival lineup.

Washington DC Jazz Festival 2010
Profile of the Washington, D.C. Jazz Festival

Newport Jazz Festival
A brief history of the Newport Jazz Festival, as well as a description of its current state (as of 2010).

Profile: Jazz Festival Founder George Wein
Profile of Jazz Festival Founder George Wein

Review: 2010 NYC WInter JazzFest
A chronology and review of the 2010 NYC Winter JazzFest.

Review: 2009 NYC Winter Jazzfest
Review of the 2009 NYC Winter Jazzfest at Le Poisson Rouge, Sullivan Hall, and Kenny's Castaways.

The Portland Jazz Festival
Profile of PDX Jazz, the Portland Jazz Festival.

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
Profile of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival

Interview with Jason Olaine, GM of the Monterey Jazz Festival
Jason Olaine is the General Manager for Monterey Jazz Festival Records (MJFR), and Vice President of Programming for Festival Network. He’s in charge of choosing and readying archival recordings from past Monterey Jazz Festivals for release.

Festival Network
Founded by George Wein, the creator of the Newport Jazz Festival, Festival Network is the leading organizer of multi-day music festivals. Search this site for music festivals all over the world.

International Jazz Festivals Organization
The IJFO is responsible for most of the biggest jazz festivals in Europe, and after adding the famous Montreal Jazz Festival to their program, they have become international. Click here for information about festivals in Austria, Finnland, The Netherlands, Italy, and other countries.

Montreux Jazz Festival
Switzerland's premiere music festival, Montreux began in 1967 as a three-day festival. It has since increased its length and its scope of musical styles.

Monterey Jazz Festival
One of the longest running jazz festivals, California's Monterey Jazz Festival provides three full days of music annually, as well as funding for jazz education programs throughout the country.

Montreal Jazz Festival
The largest jazz festival in the world, The Montreal Jazz Festival attracts over 2 million people a year who come to see the broad array of performances, and to enjoy everything beautiful Montreal, Canada has to offer.

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
Since 1970, the New Orleans Jazz Fest has brought music, food, and the arts together in the birthplace of jazz, creating a unique and spectacular yearly event.

Concert Review: 2010 Undead JazzFest
A review of the 2010 Undead JazzFest, representing the genre-melding and forward-looking trend in New York City jazz.

Jazz Festival Guide
A list of the best jazz festivals from around the world.

Festival Network
Founded by George Wein, the creator of the Newport Jazz Festival, Festival Network is the leading organizer of multi-day music festivals. Search this site for music festivals all over the world.

International Jazz Festivals Organization
The IJFO is responsible for most of the biggest jazz festivals in Europe, and after adding the famous Montreal Jazz Festival to their program, they have become international. Click here for information about festivals in Austria, Finnland, The Netherlands, Italy, and other countries.

Montreux Jazz Festival
Switzerland's premiere music festival, Montreux began in 1967 as a three-day festival. It has since increased its length and its scope of musical styles.

Monterey Jazz Festival
One of the longest running jazz festivals, California's Monterey Jazz Festival provides three full days of music annually, as well as funding for jazz education programs throughout the country.

Montreal Jazz Festival
The largest jazz festival in the world, The Montreal Jazz Festival attracts over 2 million people a year who come to see the broad array of performances, and to enjoy everything beautiful Montreal, Canada has to offer.

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
Since 1970, the New Orleans Jazz Fest has brought music, food, and the arts together in the birthplace of jazz, creating a unique and spectacular yearly event.

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