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Voll-Damm Barcelona Jazz Festival
C/ Palau de la Música, 4-6
- Where: Concerts take place at the following venues: Apolo, Auditori del Fôrum, Barts, Cafè del Conservatori del Liceu, Conservatori del Liceu, Cotton Club (Casino Barcelona), Cotton House, El Asador de Aranda, Harlem Jazz Club, Hotel El Palace, Luz de Gas, L'Auditori Sala 2, L'Auditori Sala 3, Monvínic, Palau de la Música Catalana, Razzmatazz, Teatre del Auditori Sant Cugat
- Price: Depending on the concert.
- Accommodation Nearby: Accommodation in Central Barcelona
- Website: Official Barcelona Jazz Festival Website
The International Jazz Festival of Barcelona returns this year for its 49th edition from 30 September to 19 December. If you like this type of music, don’t miss this festival, which is one of the most important in the world of jazz.
The programme, carefully prepared throughout the year, combines world-renowned artists with newcomers who are sure to be future stars, such as Louis Armstrong or Ella Fitzgerald.
Many current artists
This year the festival will begin with the pianist and jazz singer Diana Krall. The singer will perform in the Auditori, in the Forum de Barcelona. El festival se arranca este año con la pianista y cantante de jazz Diana Krall. She recently released her fifteenth studio album “Turn up the quiet” in which she recreates a return to the sources of American Jazz.
But before the first official concert of the festival, don’t miss the opening that takes place at the Moll de la Fusta. A large party with 12 hours of music, accompanied by incredible gastronomy. ‘To eat, to drink, to listen, to dance, to share, to enjoy’. This is, according to the festivals offical page, Jazz & Food, the innovative proposal of the Voll-Damm International Festival of Jazz in Barcelona.
Video showing last years Jazz & Food
Also, in October, Novemeber and December, you can discover more Jazz artists, such as Ambrose Akinmusire, Alfonso de Vilallonga, Antonio Carmona, James Rhodes, Eliane Elías and many more.
In all corners of Barcelona
Not one, not two, not even three. Seventeen concert halls are made available to artists in the Barcelona Jazz Festival. These can be found in all corners of the city and are easily accessible by public transport (metro and bus).
Here is the list of halls where you can attend the concerts: Apolo, Auditori del Fôrum, Barts, Cafè del Conservatori del Liceu, Conservatori del Liceu, Cotton Club (Casino Barcelona), Cotton House, El Asador de Aranda, Harlem Jazz Club, Hotel El Palace, Luz de Gas, L'Auditori Sala 2, L'Auditori Sala 3, Monvínic, Palau de la Música Catalana, Razzmatazz, Teatre del Auditori Sant Cugat.
History of the festival
This event is not new, it was born in 1966. The first edition of the Barcelona International Festival of Jazz opened with a concert with Dave Brubeck and his quartet, 3 November 1966. Since then, the festival has been celebrated almost every year during autumn.
The city of Barcelona has seen an infinite amount of renowned artists thanks to this festival. These include people such as duke Ellington, Miles Davies, Jimmy Smith and many more.
In 1989, the festival was run by the organisation The Project. Today, they continue to do so.
A beer brand as the main sponsor
If you have visited the official website for the event, you will have seen that the brand “Voll-Damm” is the name of the festival. This famous beer has sponsored the event, as the main sponsor, since 2002.
Video of the event
Decided to go the festival but don’t know what concert to choose? Take a look at this video to get an idea of the artists who will perform this year.
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