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Going Places: Jazz Festivals Are A Great Way To See Foreign Cities

Peder Sterll
The New Jungle Orchestra performs at the Copenhagen Jazz Festival in this photo from 2014.

The Pacific Northwest is full of great jazz festivals. But jazz festivals also happen around the world. And this week on Going Places, KNKX travel expert Matthew Brumley lists off some of his favorites.

Cape Town International Jazz Festival: South Africa's biggest jazz festival happens for a weekend in late March or early April.

Buenos Aires Jazz Festival:  Nov. 22-27, 2017. The festival has been going on since 2008.

Paris Jazz Festival: June 17 - July 30, 2017. The lineup is coming in May. It's a seven-weekend festival in France's capital city.

Copenhagen Jazz Festival:July 7-16, 2017. Dee Dee Bridgewater, Herbie Hancock and others are listed as headliners. But as you might have heard in the audio above, Hancock's show is already sold out.

Montreux Jazz Festival: June 30-July 15, 2017. Arguably one of the world's most famous festivals, this one takes place on Lake Geneva, in Switzerland.

International Havana Jazz Festival: Dates TBD. Usually, this event is in December, but Brumley says this year he's heard it's set for January. That said, it's hard to pin down exactly when. We couldn't find an official website. 

Close To Home

In Seattle, you’ll find the Ballard Jazz Festival in May and Earshot Jazz Festival in the fall. Bellevue’s Jazz & Blues Festival goes up at the end of May. To the north, check out Jazz Port Townsend and the Victoria Jazz Society's festival in the summertime. The DeMiero Jazz Festival happens in Edmonds in March. Tacomaand North Bend both have jazz walks – one-night events tohear live music. In Oregon, there’s the Portland Jazz Festival every February.


"Going Places" is 88.5's weekly exploration of travel. Our travel expert, Matthew Brumley, is co-founder of Earthbound Expeditions on Bainbridge Island, which provides small group travel to clients including KNKX. Never miss an episode again. Subscribe to Going Places with iTunesGoogle Play or Stitcher.

Ed Ronco is a former KNKX producer and reporter and hosted All Things Considered for seven years.