Jazz Clubs & Festivals Around The World

Discover more about the places presenting the best gigs, via these interviews and guides…

 

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…

 

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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?!

What about 4 clubs and an outdoor theatre in Houston, Texas, jazz venues in Sacramento or live music in Fort Worth and San Jose?

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, Brno in the Czech Republic and two in Austria.

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.

Best Jazz Clubs In Washington D.C.

Best Jazz Clubs In Washington D.C.

Washington, D.C. is the birthplace and home of such important jazz figures as Charlie Rouse, Butch Warren, and the legendary pianist and composer Duke Ellington. Its connection to Duke is enough to cement its importance to jazz history, but it still has a thriving...

A Guide to Jazz Clubs in Fresno, California (2021)

A Guide to Jazz Clubs in Fresno, California (2021)

Fresno's music prospect may not be as well-known as that of the Bay Area to the west, but it can still attract well-known artists and there is a network of local jazz musicians as well who keep the scene alive! Read on for some of the best venues and jazz clubs in...

The Best Jazz Clubs in Memphis, Tennessee (2021)

The Best Jazz Clubs in Memphis, Tennessee (2021)

Memphis, Tennessee; the birthplace of American blues music, home of iconic labels like Stax Records and Sun Records, and of course, a world-famous location for great barbeque. It also has a fantastic jazz scene, which we'll be exploring in this rundown of the best...

5 of the Best Jazz Clubs in Atlanta, Georgia (2022)

5 of the Best Jazz Clubs in Atlanta, Georgia (2022)

Atlanta has long been known globally as a centre for hip hop, but its live jazz scene is just as good! Read on to learn more about five of the best jazz clubs in Atlanta. Atlanta has been a musical town for years. In 1969, the district known as Underground Atlanta was...

Five of the Top Jazz Clubs in Jacksonville, Florida (2022)

Five of the Top Jazz Clubs in Jacksonville, Florida (2022)

Jacksonville, the city bordering the St. Johns River and the Atlantic Ocean, is an underappreciated jewel in northern Florida and a great city for live jazz. Read on to find out more about the best jazz clubs in Jacksonville.  Jacksonville has a fantastic...

A Guide to the Best Jazz Clubs in Miami (2021)

A Guide to the Best Jazz Clubs in Miami (2021)

Miami is home to some fantastic venues for watching and - if you're a musician - performing jazz. Read on our for a rundown of our favourite jazz clubs in Miami. From intimate basement lounges to cosy pubs with a penchant for live music, Miami has no shortage of great...

A Guide to Jazz Festivals in Brazil [2021]

A Guide to Jazz Festivals in Brazil [2021]

Brazil has produced some of the most legendary names in jazz, including Carlos Jobim, Gilberto Gil, João Donato, Ivan Lins and Elis Regina and is home to musical styles like Samba and Bossa Nova which continue to influence the sounds of jazz to this day. The country's...

A Guide to Venues and Jazz Clubs in San Jose

A Guide to Venues and Jazz Clubs in San Jose

Although better known as the capital of technology and startups, San Jose also has a thriving cultural scene and a plethora of great live music venues for watching and playing jazz. Keep reading for our top picks of the best jazz clubs in San Jose! Each year since...

The Best Jazz Clubs in Kansas City, Missouri (2022)

The Best Jazz Clubs in Kansas City, Missouri (2022)

From the 1920s through to today, jazz has been a huge part of Kansas City culture. In this article, we'll look at the city's best jazz clubs which are keeping its world-famous jazz scene alive and kicking. Kansas City played such a vital role in the development of...

Jazz In Austria – The Best Jazz Clubs and Festivals

Jazz In Austria – The Best Jazz Clubs and Festivals

Austria's wide array of jazz venues and festivals is a testament to the country's thriving scene. In this article, we'll take a look at six clubs and events that put on some of the best jazz in Austria. Austria has one of the most thriving jazz communities in Europe....

The Best Jazz Clubs in Sacramento, California

The Best Jazz Clubs in Sacramento, California

The Torch Club, The Fox & Goose Public House, Jazzy Blues Cafe, Old Ironside, Le Bistro and more... stay tuned for some of the best clubs to hear jazz in Sacramento, California! California has been a hotbed for jazz since the 1950s, where the likes of Stan Getz,...

The Best Jazz Clubs in Fort Worth, Texas

The Best Jazz Clubs in Fort Worth, Texas

Located in North Texas just east of Dallas, Fort Worth is a city with a long history of producing world-class jazz musicians. In this article, we'll be taking a tour of the very best jazz clubs in Fort Worth and what they have to offer. The jazz scene in any town is...

The Best Jazz Clubs in Houston

The Best Jazz Clubs in Houston

As part of our series of guides to jazz clubs around the world, we stop today in the great city of Houston. Whether you're a gigging musician booking a tour, or a jazz fan looking for tips in a new city, we hope you'll find some useful ideas for live music... As one...

The Best Detroit Jazz Clubs to Check Out in 2022

The Best Detroit Jazz Clubs to Check Out in 2022

Detroit, better-known for its rock and hip hop scenes, is not as renowned for jazz as cities like New Orleans or Chicago, however, Detroit jazz clubs have played a significant role in the early development of the genre and the city has a thriving modern scene of...

Interview with Tina Heine of Jazz & The City

Interview with Tina Heine of Jazz & The City

Today's interview guest is Tina Heine who, after founding and running the Elbjazz festival in Hamburg for many years, now runs the Jazz & The City Festival in Salzburg, Austria.  It's certainly not a conventional festival - with 'blind date' concerts, unusual gig...

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 [2022 Guide]

The Best Chicago Jazz Clubs & Venues [2022 Guide]

In this article we're heading towards Lake Michigan to highlight some 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...

The Best Jazz Clubs & Venues in Paris

The Best Jazz Clubs & Venues in Paris

Whether you're a fan or a musician, here's our rundown on some of the best jazz clubs in Paris. The French jazz scene has played an important part in the music's history, welcoming all sorts of legendary musicians over the years. Some came to play at the many...

The Best Jazz Clubs in New York (2022)

The Best Jazz Clubs in New York (2022)

In many ways, NYC is the centre of the jazz world. And, as such, New York jazz clubs, bars & venues provide a place where jazz fans and musicians alike can hear some of the best music of the day. From living legends to the stars of tomorrow - and everything in...

Italian Jazz Clubs & Venues

Italian Jazz Clubs & Venues

Great Venues & Jazz Clubs in Italy The European jazz scene offers such a wide and varied culture and, without a doubt, one of the most historically significant countries is Italy. Aside from some of the big names to come out of the Italian jazz scene - Enrico...

The Best London Jazz Clubs & Venues

The Best London Jazz Clubs & Venues

As one of the biggest cities in Europe, there are a whole bunch of London jazz clubs to check out, covering everything from swinging singers through to contemporary, modern jazz. Whilst England as a whole is home to many great cities presenting jazz (some of the...

Great Jazz Festivals In Europe

Great Jazz Festivals In Europe

10 Great European Jazz Festivals   Looking for some help deciding which European jazz festivals to check out this year? Obviously there are hundreds to choose from, but we've picked a small selection from the European jazz scene and asked some of the musicians...

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…