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Kanika Nevatia Apr 30 2014

Which are the best jazz festivals around the world?

Reema Bhalla Apr 30 2014
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Jazz is, hands down, one of the coolest forms of music. What better way to celebrate International Jazz Day than giving you the lowdown on the best jazz festivals around the world.

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, United States

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is a colossal musical extravaganza. This ten-day annual festival attracts people in tens of thousands. Over the years, jazz greats like Mahalia Jackson, Billy Joel, Ellis Marsalis, Carlos Santana have performed here.
The festival has been getting bigger and better over the years and newer genres like pop, rock and rap are getting highlighted. This year the main attractions were Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen, Christina Aguilera, Phish and Robin Thicke.

Photo of Jazz Festival, New Orleans (by Official Facebook Page)

Non jazz things to do: Fill up on delicious crayfish and jambalaya, visit the French Quarters, admire the massive Missisippi River.

Photo of Jambalaya (by Jon Sullivan)

Montreal Jazz Festival, Canada

The biggest music festival in the world, the Montreal Jazz Festival attracts nearly 2 million people each year! Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles and Bo Diddley have taken to the stage here in the past. The best thing about this festival is that most attractions are absolutely free!

Photo of Montreal Jazz Festival (by Francis Bourgouin)

Non jazz things to do: Climb the Olympic Tower, the world’s tallest inclined tower or see the amazing Basilique Notre-Dame de Montreal (where Celine Dion got married).

Photo of Montreal (by poco a poco)

Montreux Jazz Festival, Switzerland

Set on the banks of the beautiful Lake Geneva, Switzerland, the Montreux Jazz Festival is an unmissable event for jazz afficianados. From Miles Davis and Ray Charles to David Bowie and Prince, all music greats have performed here. This is without a doubt one of the best jazz festivals around the world.

Photo of Miles Davis with Robben Ford (by Jean Fortunet)

Non jazz things to do: Take a cruise on Lake Geneva or try snowboarding and skiing at Montreux Heights.

Photo of Montreux Heights (by Pischdi)

Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Denmark

Copenhagen is Europe’s jazz hub. From free street performances to big concert hall shows, jazz completely overtakes the city in July.

Photo of Jazz band in New Haven (by Martin Nikolaj)

Non jazz things to do: Check out the beautiful Tivoli Gardens and the statue of the Little Mermaid while you are there.

Photo of Tivoli Gardens (by Chris Brown)

Monterey Jazz Festival, Monteray, California

Legends like Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong and Billy Holiday have graced the stages of the Monterey Jazz Festival, the oldest jazz festival in the world. In addition to listening to some incredible jazz, blues and swing, you can also take part in workshops or check out exhibitions.

Photo of Monterey Jazz Festival (by Official Facebook Page)

Non jazz things to do: Take a trip down to the nearby Monterey Bay Aquarium or drive down the 17 Mile Drive, one of the most scenic drives in the world.

Photo of 17 Mile Drive (by amadscientist)

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