The Best Jazz Festivals in Brazil

Born in New Orleans, United States, the jazz arose from the interaction between the contradictions of America. Considered an innovation-based art, which reinvents itself as it’s created, jazz has in its particularity the freedom and improvisation between personal styles.

Its simplicity, combined with contagious innovation, spontaneity, freshness of compositions, and the emotional genius of its improvisers, consolidated the essence of jazz. It was spread all over the world, and in Brazil, it could not be different.

We have prepared a list of Jazz events in Brazil that will leave you, traveler, willing to call for an encore:

Rio das Ostras Jazz & Blues – (RJ)

It’s one of the largest festivals of its kind in Latin America and is considered by critics as one of the most important in Brazil. The festival takes place in the seaside resort of Rio das Ostras, little less than 170 km far from Rio de Janeiro, with beaches, lagoons, charming coastal.

Savassi Festival – Belo Horizonte (MG)

The main themes of Savassi Festival are jazz and instrumental music since 2003. Today, in addition to concerts in public spaces, the festival offers CD releases, contests, workshops, artist residency, among others. All over these years of festival, with annual and uninterrupted editions, over 300 thousand people attended the event.

Brasil Jazz Fest – São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro

The most traditional and important shows of its kind in South America happens in the cities of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, and features great names of jazz.

The Jazz Festival of Capão – Chapada Diamantina (BA)

Well known for the waterfall trails of Cachoeira da Fumaça and Morro do Pai Inácio, Vale do Capão is the landscape of the Jazz Festival of Capão, in the famous and charming Chapada Diamantina. The event usually merges jazz lovers to various national and local musical attractions in the ecological park of Vale do Capão.

We recommend you read the article “On the Way to Choro Jazz Festival Ceara-Brazil” written by Rebecca Kleinmann, an american musician and lover of Brazilian music who tells us about her experience at the biggest Choro Music festival in Brazil.

junho 16, 2022

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