Jazz festivals in northern Spain may not be the first thing that come to our mind when we think of Spain… Spains nation brand is more the vision of sun-drenched beaches, passionate flamencodancing, bull-fighting that leaves no one indifferent, or sangría splashed umbrella drinks! Well, we have news for you because some of its Jazz festivals are actually almost 60 years old, and in northern Spain you find some of the finest ones. Here is our pick!
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Jazz festivals in northern Spain are synonymous with two BIG ones, Jazzaldía in San Sebastián and JazzVitoria in the basque capital Vitoria – both take place in July right before the big Spanish vacation month, August. The list of famous musicians that performed on the “Trini-stage” or on the Surriola beach in Donostia (San Sebastián) is remarkable:Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Don Cherry, B.B. King, Diana Krall, Van Morrison, Liza Minnelli, Pat Metheny, Herbie Hancock… and Vitoria is not far behind with Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz..
But the summer months are Jazzy in general…
Here are some summer season opportunities to enjoy great jazz in smaller (and some big) venues in wonderful settings. Jazz festivals in northern Spain are here to stay, especially in the summer months – just look at the number of editions!
- Galicia, OURENSE XXIII Jazz Primavera
- Castilla y León, Burgos, Covarrubias , II Festival Jazz
- Galicia ,Vigo, 15 Festival de Jazz 2019
- Basque Country, BERMEO, XXII JazzBer 2019
- Basque Country, SAN SEBASTIÁN 53 Jazzaldia 2019
- Basque Country, VITORIA, 43 Festival Jazz 2019
- Basque Country, GETXO, 43 Festival Jazz 2019
- Galicia, PONTEVEDRA 27 Festival Jazz y Blues
- La Rioja, EZCARAY 23 Festival Jazz 2019
- Navarra, PAMPLONA XXII JazzFermín 2019
- Asturias, RIBADESELLA XXV Festival de Jazz 2019
- Cantabria, LAREDO , XVI Noches de Jazz
- Galicia, RIANXO Noites de Jazz 2019
- Asturias, CANDÁS VII Semana Jazz 2019
If you are in Santander you can also stop by Rvbicon Bar every Wednesday evening – one of the best jazz clubs in Spain with live acts every Wednesday and more nights!
In September “Rubi” have their own festival Raqueros de Jazz – limited tickets organised by always solid Sol Cultural- something for the real Jazz lover!
Play it again Sam…