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The Category Jazz Festivals is a subset of Music Festivals. Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all of the Jazz Festivals which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Festival's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Jazz Festivals do NOT (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Marlborough Jazz International Festival

- Omagh Jazz and Big Band Festival

 

! Jazz Festivals KEY

''If you think you know jazz and blues, you’re probably wrong! If you love music, you’ll love Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival. We’ve dipped into every genre and traversed the globe to bring you a line-up dedicated to the incredible musical legacy of jazz and blues; from swing to funk, bebop to blues, Gypsy jazz to Gospel, soul to rock ‘n roll ...' Held Late March.

 

* Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival

‘Putting a swing in the step of the town each year, this lively four day event features a great bill of both local and national jazz musicians ... Various styles of jazz feature, but traditional and New Orleans styles are especially popular. Enjoy the best live jazz in Cornwall!’ Held Late August.

 

* Bude Jazz Festival

The Budleigh Jazz Festival, last held Late April 2017, seems to have been replaced by this Festival, started in 2019. Held  Late June.

* Budleigh Salterton Festival of Jazz and Blues
Also indexedBudleigh Jazz Festival

‘The Festival is uniquely set in one of the UK's finest Elizabethan stately piles, our very own Burton Agnes Hall! Over twenty five bands provide a weekend of Jazz and Blues from our manicured lawns and inside our ornately carved Great Hall ... Could this be the most breathtaking place to spend a weekend, soaking up the UK's hottest jazz and blues acts? We provide music for all tastes, from those seeking an ambient accompaniment to a glass of wine in the majestic grounds; to the jazz or blues aficionado wanting to get up close to star performers.’ Held Mid July.

* Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival

'Cheltenham has become one of the country’s best-loved jazz festivals. Our trade-mark mix of international jazz icons, up-and-coming new artists and unique festival performances has seen us host some of the world’s greatest musicians ... Our festival site in Montpellier Gardens at the heart of Cheltenham is the perfect place to soak up an outstanding festival atmosphere. Featuring a feast of free outdoor music, a selection of food and drink stalls, and fun family activities – it’s the only place to be over the Bank Holiday weekend.' Held Early May.

* Cheltenham Jazz Festival

'Has become a regular fixture of Limavady’s social calendar since 1997. As a non profit making organisation, the Festival has only been made possible by the generosity of the local community and business owners, and we’d like to say “Thank You” to each and every one of you.' Held Mid June.

 

* Danny Boy Jazz & Blues Festival

‘The Darlington Jazz Festival, hosted by Darlington Jazz Club, began in April 2011 taking place entirely at The Forum in Darlington. Over the past 7 years, the festival began growing with events taking place across the country and involving renowned Jazz artists ... The Festival is a perfect place for Jazz fans, old and new and is always open to more and more players. For a taster of what we do, don’t miss our Darlington Jazz Club nights, hosted on Sunday nights every fortnight from 5.30pm - 8.00pm.’ Festival held Early May.

* Darlington Jazz Festival
Also indexedDarlington Jazz Club

‘From the Festival's commencement the artistic policy has been to concentrate on musical excellence (rather than the "star system") and to champion spontaneous creativity: music making on the spot in Edinburgh. These virtues have been developed in the 21st Century with the production of a wide range of new music, the establishment of the Edinburgh Jazz Festival Orchestra, and an on-going commitment to supporting Scottish musicians to realise creative ideas, and to link with international musicians. Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival has also grown its world outlook, presenting high quality musicians from all over the world.‘ Held Mid July.

 

* Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival
Also indexedEdinburgh Jazz Festival Orchestra

Held Mid November: ‘Over the years, the Festival has made a steady transition from north London to London-wide, and from May to its present November slot, to establish today's multi-faceted 10 day event. It has grown to be not only London's largest city-wide music festival, but one of the major international jazz events. The highlights have been many - each year brings its own character and momentum, and the riches of the Festival can as easily be found in a packed club as in the concert hall.’

 

* EFG London Jazz Festival

'Brings its annual supply of world-class musicians and upcoming superstars to the City's already vibrant jazz scene ... Our Community & Education Fund is an initiative that incorporates community and education concerts & workshops that educate people of all ages in jazz music, allowing them to try out new instruments and experience live jazz music.' Held in Mid June.

 

* Glasgow Jazz Festival

Annual Festival, first offered in 2011, runnng over an early Autumn weekend, and organized by Herts Jazz. Held Late September.

 

* Herts Jazz Festival

J-Night is one of the leading producers of world jazz in the North of England. We’ve produced the Hull Jazz Festival (summer and winter editions) for over 25 years and we deliver a year-round festival offer in Hull, using our ability to build, maintain and develop effective partnerships with organisations including Hull Truck Theatre, Freedom Festival, Hull Music Hub, University of Hull Creative Campus and Hull City Council.’

 

* Hull Jazz Festival
Also indexedJ-Night

'Began in 1988 and has been staged annually on the First Weekend of May ever since – 2017 marked our 30th Festival ... The Festival continues to attract top class UK and international bands in mainly the Traditional New Orleans idiom. The Festival is a great supporter of young musicians who feature prominently in the annual programme.' ALERT 'The Festival is taking a break in 2019. Jazz will feature as part of the artistic offerings centred on Rothesay Pavilion when it re-opens late in 2020. Meanwhile we are running Bute Manouche for the second time from 23-25 October 2020, which is Scotland’s own Gypsy Jazz Festival.'

 

 

* Isle of Bute Jazz Festival
Also indexedBute Manouche

'Our aim is to promote jazz on the Isle of Wight. Members of the committee will not receive any financial reward. Inspected accounts will be available on request. The committee will cover the cost of the main venues and headline acts. This will be funded by sponsorship, ticket sales and other fund-raising activities. Any subsequent profits will go towards funding future events. We will encourage other performances during the period. However, we will not act as agents. It will be the responsibility of the performers and venues to negotiate between themselves.' Held Early June.

* Isle of Wight Jazz Weekend

‘Specially created to entertain visitors to Bournemouth and showcase local jazz musicians.’ Held Late June.

* Jazz By The Sea

Lyme Regis Jazz & Blues Weekend is a musical must for the May Bank Holiday, with over 20 acts, featuring jazz, blues and fusion in a four day wrap-around, music-filled weekend. With a rolling programme of free concerts on the seafront and elsewhere, B Sharp’s Busking Festival, as well as headline acts at Marine Theatre, plus the ever-popular BBQ and Brunch, the festival is the ultimate jazz and blues weekender with bags of Lyme appeal ... You don’t have to wait until next May’s jazz & blues festival to hear great music – Jazz Jurassica - the only pop-up supper club on the Jurassic coast, is back in October with another programme of jazz, soul, swing and latin including a 2-course supper ...’

* Jazz Jurassica
Also indexedJazz & Blues Weekend | Lyme Regis Jazz Festival

'Unlike many festivals the Keswick Jazz and Blues Festival takes place in numerous venues in and around the town for which a valid ticket gives access to them all. Pick your favourite style, entertainer or location and head over for some fun, no separate booking required, just mix and match as you see fit.' Held Mid May.

 

* Keswick Jazz & Blues Festival

'A Celebration of Trad New Orleans, Dixieland and Swing Jazz in South West Scotland.' Held Mid June.

* Kirkcudbright Jazz Festival

‘We use all sorts of venues on Islay which have masses of character, however some of their facilities are limited. Doors will open 15 minutes before the concert time - generally there is nowhere to wait apart from outside. Let's hope for good weather ...’ Held Mid September.

 

* Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival

'Continuing the legacy of Llandudno Jazz Festival, JAZZ ON THE FARM is 3 full days of the best UK and international jazz in the stunning setting of Bodafon Farm Park overlooking Llandudno Bay.' Held Mid June.

 

 

* Llandudno Jazz on the Farm Festival
Also indexedLlandudno Jazz Festival

‘Unlike any other event on the jazz festival circuit, mjf offers a fascinating journey of discovery through the world of jazz today. The weird and the wonderful, the challenging and relaxing, the surprising and the familiar - mjf is a prized collection of treasures that is simply not available anywhere else.’ Held Late May.

 

* Manchester Jazz Festival

‘Founded in 1992, Marsden Jazz Festival is one of the UK’s longest established jazz festivals. Thousands of visitors make the trip by train, bus, car or narrow boat to experience the unique atmosphere the Festival brings to Marsden every year, and more than 60 volunteers give up their time to help make the weekend a success. We are proud to showcase a wide range of jazz musicians from internationally-acclaimed artists to local school bands and rising talent.’ Held Mid October.

 

* Marsden Jazz Festival

Started in 1990: ‘Running from mid day on Friday until late on Sunday evening, the programme explores jazz from the first 40 years, with special jam sessions in the Victory Pub in the wee small hours! All concert themes are chosen by the musicians themselves ... The Festival showcases music that you won't hear anywhere else. Alongside regular classic jazz staples are the music and musicians seldom featured at other festivals. The concert takes place in 4* luxury, with assigned seating of 8 to a table. We rotate the tables twice a day so that nobody gets a poor view.‘ Held Early November.

 

 

* Mike Durham’s Classic Jazz Party
Also indexedWhitley Bay Jazz Festival

Held Early February at several venues in Omagh. ALERT Website Link replaced with Link to Facebook Page.

* Omagh Jazz and Big Band Festival

'We are a small community-based charity, run entirely by volunteers. Our aim is to develop and promote the best in live jazz, and particularly to foster aspiring young talent. We arrange regular live jazz gigs and festivals involving leading UK jazz musicians at first-class venues mainly in Clitheroe, the heart of Ribble Valley. But we also encourage up-and-coming talent, especially among younger players by providing opportunities for playing in public and organising coaching and workshops by professional trainers and musicians.' Ribble Valley Jazz Fest held Early May.

* Ribble Valley Jazz & Blues
Also indexedRibble Valley Jazz Fest

Started in 2003. Held Mid September.

 

* Scarborough Jazz Festival

‘My name is Nigel Price and I am the incoming festival director. When I heard that the festival was to close this year [2017] I just couldn¹t stand to see such a fantastic annual event just disappear without a fight so I offered to do what I could to help it to continue. I promise you all that I will give it my best shot. I also promise to source all supporting businesses from Swanage itself where possible and, if I can¹t I will keep it as local as possible.‘ Held Mid July.

 

* Swanage Jazz Festival

'The International Jazz Festival of Wales'. Held Early October.

 

* Swansea International Jazz Festival

Annual weekend event taking place Late June. The Friends of the Upton Jazz Festival is 'Worcestershire's Premier Jazz Society for the best live jazz in the area featuring top musicians from Britain and abroad'.

* Upton upon Severn Jazz Festival
Also indexedFriends of the Upton Jazz Festival

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