JAZZ CLUBS & FESTIVALS

Around the world

As you may have seen, a large part of the Jazzfuel site exists to show you how to book more jazz gigs for your project. From figuring out the right shows for you, to learning how to better pitch your project by email and how far in advance you should try to do all of this.

But there’s something else which you’re probably very aware of…

Regardless of how long you’ve been a gigging jazz musician, there are more than likely a huge number of jazz clubs, venues and festivals out there that you haven’t even discovered yet.

Or maybe you’ve heard their names, but you aren’t sure of how they work, what sort of bands they book or when they happen.

When it comes to booking gigs, there’s one thing that tends to be true:

If you don’t know about a club or festival, it’ going to be pretty hard to get a gig there!

Of course, booking requests do appear out of the blue sometimes. But that’s the exception rather than the rule.

So if you’re looking to increase the number of gigs or quality you’re getting, there are two things to take care of:

1) Make sure you have a strategy for booking gigs
Are you setting aside regular time to do this? Are you writing great pitching emails and sending them to the decision maker at the club or festival? There’s a whole lot of advice on this topic on the Jazzfuel site, which you can dive into here.

2) Learn more about what jazz clubs & festivals are out there
Once you’re confident you have the promotional materials and plan in place to convince a jazz promoter to book you, the goal is to expand your target list so you’re giving yourself more opportunities.

Of course, doing some focused research on the right venues for your music is important (hint: here’s how to get better results in less time) but you can learn a lot just by some concentrated Googling too. And, with that in mind, we’ve put together this growing collection of articles, interviews & guides on the topic…

 

Takeaways from 40+ club & festival promoters: practical advice on getting gigs

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Takeaways from 40+ club & festival promoters: practical advice on getting gigs…

A list of jazz clubs & jazz festivals

The information on this page will help you discover to more about the great jazz club and festivals around the world.

Some of them cover the happenings in the major ‘media cities’ around the world – such as London, New York & Paris.

But we’re also bringing you up to speed on markets and opportunities that you maybe never considered before.

How about 5 great jazz clubs and 6 of the best festivals in the Eastern European country of Northern Macedonia?!

If there’s a gig out there with a budget to book an ‘international’ artist, you should know about it. And with these articles we’re doing our bit to speed up that process.

Talking to jazz club & festival bookers

Alongside these ‘guide’ style articles, we’ve also pulled together some of the best club & venue focused Jazzfuel industry interviews from the last few months. We talk to the people responsible for booking bands at venues including the Bimhuis in Amsterdam and Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London as well as festival promoters including Jazzkaar in Estonia and Brno in the Czech Republic.

Some of these might not be the most well-known names in the world, but they book a whole range of top international jazz each year.

So feel free to dive into some of the articles below and feel free to get in touch to suggest a new city of country for us to cover…

And, as always, if you’d like to be alerted to new articles and guides as soon as they’re published, you can join more than 4,000 musicians around the world on the Jazzfuel newsletter.

Montreal Jazz Festival – a Musician’s Guide

Montreal Jazz Festival – a Musician’s Guide

As officially the biggest jazz festival in the world, the Montreal Jazz Festival is a major event in the calendars of musicians and fans alike and, in this article, we'll dive into the details of the organisation and its programming. In its 40-year history, Montreal...

Best Jazz Clubs in New Orleans

Best Jazz Clubs in New Orleans

As the birthplace of jazz, New Orleans is one of many American cities where you can catch a world-class set from an amazing band almost any night of the week. In this guide, we've highlighted some of the best jazz clubs the city has to offer.  Back in the early 20th...

Best Jazz Clubs & Festivals in San Francisco

Best Jazz Clubs & Festivals in San Francisco

Looking for ideas of jazz clubs and festivals in San Francisco? We've got you covered in this guide, which runs through some of the opportunities for all sorts of jazz in The Golden City. It's part of our ever-growing guide to the best places for jazz around the...

Jazz in Los Angeles | Clubs, Festivals & Musicians

Jazz in Los Angeles | Clubs, Festivals & Musicians

We put this article together to showcase some the best jazz clubs and festivals in Los Angeles, as well as to give a taste of the history of the music in this West Coast city and some notable jazz musicians performing in LA today. New York has long been considered the...

Interview with Frank van Berkel of Bimhuis Jazz Club

Interview with Frank van Berkel of Bimhuis Jazz Club

Despite its relatively small size as a country, the Dutch jazz scene presents an impressive array of music featuring both homegrown and international artists. In this interview we caught up with Frank van Berkel who is the programmer at Bimhuis in Amsterdam - one of...

Jazz in North Macedonia

Jazz in North Macedonia

When it comes to touring in Europe there are many smaller countries which, whilst not as 'famous' on the international jazz circuit, provide some great opportunities for performing at clubs and festivals in front of enthusiastic and discerning jazz fans. We're going...

The Best Chicago Jazz Clubs & Venues

The Best Chicago Jazz Clubs & Venues

In this article we're heading towards Lake Michigan to highlight 5 of the best jazz clubs in Chicago, Illinois - but not before diving into the history of the music in one of America's largest cities. If you're reading up on the history of jazz, Chicago is going to...

Interview with Kim Macari

Interview with Kim Macari

From Kurt Rosenwinkel talking about his early days phoning Spanish jazz clubs to pianist Alan Benzie running through how he booked a 16-date European tour, some of the most-read Jazzfuel interviews and guest articles have involved musicians who've done the industry...

Takeaways from 40+ club & festival promoters: practical advice on getting gigs

Free download: The Jazz Promoter Survey

Takeaways from 40+ club & festival promoters: practical advice on getting gigs…

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