The city of Barcelona comes to life throughout November as some of the top artists from the jazz sphere grace the city during the month-long Barcelona International Jazz Festival 2012! The festival, which enjoyed its first installment in 1966, has grown in popularity as the years have passed and now plays host to some of the smoothest saxophone players from around the globe, as well as some top names in blues and soul, during this annual celebration of musical talent.
The event, which kicks off on October 30th and runs until November 30th, offers something for everyone: from jazz enthusiasts to those who simply enjoy unwinding to these soothing sounds. An estimated 80 concerts are to be held during this one-month period at some of Barcelona’s best known venues, including the Palau de la Música Catalana and the Liceu Conservatory, as well as at some cool dives such as the Harlem Jazz Club. What’s more, by renting one of the many central apartments in Barcelona , you can be close to all of the sweet shows at the Barcelona Jazz Festival this autumn!
If you are visiting Barcelona and find yourself on a tight budget, rest assured, the Barcelona Jazz Festival offers plenty of free concerts to choose from. Most notable are the musical styles of Spike Wilner, set to perform on November 26th, as well as Les Jams de Liceu on November 15th, 22nd and the 29th of November at the Liceu Conservatory – all free of charge! With many more free shows to enjoy, be sure to check out the Barcelona Jazz Festival Website for up-to-date information.
- Milow – Friday 9th November at the Teatre Artèria Paral-lel, 9pm.
Catch one of Europe’s most famous DIY musicians when Belgian singer-songwriter, Milow takes to the stage!
- Lee Fields & The Expressions – Friday 9th November at Luz de Gas, 9:30pm.
Soul, blues and jazz…an unmissable combo!
- Melody Gardot – Friday 16th November at the Palau de la Música Catalana, 9:30pm.
Lose yourself as you listen to the musical stylings of this Grammy nominated singer-songwriter from the states.
- Sonny Rollins – Tuesday 20th November at the Palau de la Música Catalana, 9pm.
Catch one of the most influential jazz musicians alive today. Definitely not to be missed!
- Hot Stuff – Friday 30th November at the Harlem Jazz Club, 8:30pm.
Soothing soul, funk and a spot of blues: you can’t go wrong with this one!
Amidst all of the fantastic shows during the festival, be sure to catch other exciting events running parallel to the concerts, including the water, light and music shows held at the enchanting Montjuïc Magic Fountain, which take place every weekend until the finale on December 1st. Up for a spot of wine? Make your way to the wine tasting accompanied by a live jazz show on November 13th at Monvínic.
How to Buy Tickets
Grab your tickets for the Festival Internacional de Jazz de Barcelona now! Although they can be purchased at the door, seating is not guaranteed, so secure your spot by getting tickets through The Project website.
For more information on tickets, venues and a full schedule of events, visit the International Jazz Festival website.