The Biggest Jazz Festivals Around the World

Jazz music has been around for centuries, and it has been celebrated in festivals all over the world. From the Montreal International Jazzfestival to the Java JazzFestival in Jakarta, Indonesia, there are plenty of amazing jazz-festivals to explore. The Montreal International Jazzfestival is ranked as the largest jazzfestival in the world in the Guinness World Records and has been entertaining music-lovers for 40 years. The Java JazzFestival is considered to be the largest jazzfestival in the southern hemisphere and features popular Indonesian jazz-artists as well as international jazz-artists.

Vinterjazz, held every February in Copenhagen, Denmark, is one of the most important annual jazz-events in Europe. This event features a special program series including Jazz'n Poetry, Future Sound of Jazz'n, and Jazz'n Poetry. The Montreal International Jazzfestival is held annually from June to July and has broken the world record, holding the Guinness World Record of 2004 as the busiest jazzfestival entertaining more than two million people. The Greater Hartford Festival of Jazzis known as New England's biggest free jazzy event and is held in mid-July in Hartford, Connecticut.

Every year, more than 50,000 jazz-enthusiasts come to the festival to enjoy three days full of quality jazz/music. The Chicago JAZZ Festival is organized to honor Duke Ellington and now attracts more than 150,000 music lovers to various events in Millennium Park and downtown on Labor Day weekend. The Monterrey Jazzfestival donates its profits to music education and is held every summer since 1979. XJAZZ Berlin is one of the most important jazz-festivals in Europe and around the world and is held every May. Cabo jazzis an integral part of local culture and has developed in parallel with American jazzy in the early 20th century.

The Lionel Hampton International Jazzfestival has gone from being a one-day event to a four-day jazz-filled show. Eltham JAZZ, Food and Wine Festival is a great option for those looking for a jazzy celebration with an emphasis on local food. This event is held every February in Melbourne suburb of Eltham. When it comes to the Victoria jazzfestival scene, Wangaratta tends to get all the attention, but Eltham offers a worthy show. No matter where you are located, there is sure to be a great jazzfestival near you that you can attend. From music with a view to festivals combined with history and heritage, there are plenty of amazing jazzy celebrations around the world that you can explore.