Jazz Festivals Around the World

You have not been to a proper musical festival until you’ve hit a jazz fest. Each jazz song is different in their own, unique way despite the fact they come from the same root. And we can say the same about jazz festivals. Everyone at some point in their lives need to visit one, because the experience is definitely an enjoyable one, whether you know a lot of jazz or not. Here is a list of the world’s best jazz festivals.

New Orleans: Jazz and Heritage Festival

Of course, New Orleans would be at the top of our list. They city of where jazz originated from, throws a seven-day festival, filled with non-stop partying and many different kinds of acts that you will get to enjoy throughout the day. Jazz is not the only thing that will be appreciated here. You will also enjoy some blues, gospel, R&B, bluegrass, folk, and more. The best thing about this festival, is how you will get to see all kinds of cultures come together and immerse with the city, and celebrate the musical heritage.

Montreux, Switzerland: Montreux Jazz Festival

The Montreux Jazz Festival has been going on for almost 50 years now, and is known to be the second largest Jazz festival in the entire world. Apparently, with every year that goes by, it keeps getting bigger. So, each year, you will be able to enjoy something different. Something unique about this festival is its venue, as it’s located by Lake Geneva, giving a beautiful scenery for everyone to appreciate while listening to some of your favourite Jazz artists. They do have a variety of genres here as well for those who may not have jazz as their all-time favourite, such as electronic, folk, soul, blues, and more.

Montreal, Canada: Montreal International Jazz Festival

Recorded in the Guinness book of World Records itself, this is the biggest Jazz Festival in the entire world. Over 2 million people fly from all over the world just to visit this monstrous fest that holds over 1,000 concerts. This place does not even need an introduction. The entire city turns into a pedestrian-only area, giving everyone the chance to stroll around and enjoy what they please. Now, if you plan on doing some sightseeing while you are there, you might have a hard time, because concerts are playing throughout the entire day and do not end until midnight or so. But, do not doubt for a second if you will have a good time.

Cape Town, South Africa: Cape Town International Jazz Festival

Only covering a span of two days, this festival has become the most popular jazz festival in all of Africa, drawing a lot of attention. The difference between this jazz festival and the others, is that it is relatively small, and it mixes in a lot of African influence, as well as using other kinds of artistic shows that include fashion, photography, and more. It not only offers shows, but even some fascinating masterclasses and workshops for all kinds of artists.

Cape Town International Jazz Festival