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The Jazz Festivals of Summer & Fall 2022 Are Reconnecting Fans

jazz fests 2022

After more than two years of canceled concerts and club appearances and any kind of touring, the summer and fall Jazz Festival scene is back.

And you can bet that artists and audiences alike are just craving for ways to connect again.

Here are ten jazz festivals not to be missed this summer and autumn.

Montreal Jazz Festival

Montreal Qc, Canada
June 30 – July 9 , 2022

Montreal Jazz Festival

This is the largest jazz festival on the planet, in one of North America’s most unique cities, where summer is ALWAYS one party after another.

In its 42nd year, the FIJM has some serious pedigree and enough variety both in paid concerts and free outdoor shows to satisfy any listener’s taste.

This year’s notable headliners include The Roots playing the huge free outdoor closing show on July 9 and Jazz At The Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis. As well as, Christian McBride, Malika Tirolien, DeeDee Bridgewater, Manhattan Transfer, Cory Henry and hundreds more.

If you’ve never experienced Montreal or this amazing festival, make it this year.

Find it online here.

Love Supreme Festival

Glynde place, East Sussex, U.K
July1-3 2022

Love Supreme Jazz Festival

Being named after one of the most important jazz recordings of all time ( John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme), one might expect a purely hardcore jazz lineup.

While this year’s jazz acts feature the astounding tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana and guitar wunderkind Lage Lund, they also include acts as varied as Erykah Badu, Gregory Porter, Tom Misch, Liane LeHavas, and The Brand New Heavies.

It all goes down on the first weekend in July in East Sussex, UK. See you there.

Find it online here.

Newport Jazz Festival

Newport, RI
July 29-31, 2022

Newport Jazz Festival

Founded in 1954, the Newport Jazz fest is one of the oldest jazz festivals in North America and this year’s headliners once again showcase the programmers ongoing commitment to presenting both recognized and up and coming artists.

Lots of musical history was made here including the 1955 recording of Round Midnight by Miles Davis, and the Duke Ellington Orchestra’s 1956 live recording “Ellington at Newport”.

This year’s concerts include Norah Jones, Christian McBride, Esperanza Spalding, Terence Blanchard and Angelique Kidjo.

Find it online here.

Montreux Jazz Festival 2022

Montreux, Switzerland
July 1-16

Montreux Jazz Festival

We’re crossing the pond for sixteen days in July for the granddaddy of all music festivals on the planet.

Founded in 1967, the modern-day Montreux Jazz Festival is a mix between avant garde pop, jazz and successful artists from across different musical genres.

This year’s lineup features Jeff Beck, Herbie Hancock, Jamie Culum, Van Morrison, John Mclaughlin, Celeste, Diana Ross and dozens of others.

Find it online here.

San Francisco Jazz Festival

June 8-19 , July 7-31, August 4 – 14

San Francisco Jazz Festival

The San Francisco Jazz fest is set up a little differently than most in that it presents music throughout the summer in different settings, with specific themes.

This year featuring 44 concerts in 4 different venues over 12 days in June including Gregory Porter, Pacific Mambo, Diane Reeves with Chucho Valdes and Joe Lovano.

Then in July the music continues with a Piano series from July 7-10, a Pan American-themed series from July 20-24, and a Blues week from July 28-31.

There are even more planned concerts in August.

Find it online here.

Telluride Jazz Fest

Teulluride, Colorado
Aug 12-14

Telluride Jazz Fest

A unique almost boutique jazz fest in the mountains of Colorado, featuring an eclectic , exclusive program of music presented in the most spectacular scenery imaginable.

The 44th edition will take place Aug 12-14 and will present musical offerings from Cory Wong, DeeDee Bridgewtater, bass legend Rufus Reid and , Yola.

The mountains of Colorado are spectacular any time of year, but August is a near perfect time to visit.

Find it online here.

Hollywood Bowl Jazz Festival

Los Angeles California
June 25–26, 2022

Hollywood Bowl Jazz Festival

A star studded weekend in L.A at the iconic Hollywood Bowl.

Originally the Hugh Hefner Playboy Jazz fest, this years music makers include Lalah Hathaway, Corinne Bailey Rae, Gregory Porter, TajMo’, Jacob Collier, the Arturo Sandoval Latin Big Band, Bobby Hutcherson, Angélique Kidjo, Boz Scaggs, The Maceo Parker Big Band, Sheila E., Béla Fleck and The Flecktones, Harold López-Nussa, and Sona Jobarteh.

Go spend a weekend in L.A. Your ears will thank you for it.

Monterey Jazz Festival

September 23–25, 2022

Monterey Jazz Festival

One of the most picturesque corners of, well, anywhere really…

Monterey,California is rarified air and it’ll be filled with jazz music on the weekend of Sept 23-25.

The Monterey Jazz Fest boasts the title of longest running jazz fest in the world as this year sees the presentation of the 65th edition.

Artists include MoodSwing Reunion ( Meldhau, Blade, Redman, McBride) Chucho Valdes, Kurt Elling and Veronica Swift.

If you’re on the west coast of the U.S, don’t miss this one.

Chicago Jazz Festival

late August–early September 2022 (unconfirmed)

Chicago Jazz Festival

The city of Chicago’s history with creative music stretches way back.

From the famed Art Ensemble of Chicago to the Chicago blues style, and the 1920’s Chicago jazz that later made its way to NYC in the 30s, Chicago is a large part of the American jazz tradition.

This is a totally free event held in Millenium Park and other venues citywide on Labor Day weekend.

This year’s festival presents music by Bill Frisell, Miguel Zenon, Henry Threadgill and other purveyors of improvisational music.

North Sea Jazz Festival

Rotterdam, Netherlands
July 8-10, 2022

North Sea Jazz Festival

Enjoy a weekend in Rotterdam, filled with the finest jazz on the planet.

This year features a Herbie Hancock Masterclass, singing sensation Gretchen Parlato, Cuban virtuoso pianist Gonzalo Rubacalba and Louis Cole.

Contemporary cutting edge jazz is what you’d expect from the Dutch and this famed festival delivers the music. It is so choice. If you have the means, I highly recommend attending.

Past performers include Count Basie, Miles Davis, Billy Eckstine and Sarah Vaughan.

Find it online here.

There you have it. Some of the best jazz fests to visit this summer and autumn, with enough music and travel to keep you busy well past labor day.

Stay tuned for a live update from one of these fabulous music fests, later this summer. Happy listening!

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