48th Voll-Damm International Jazz Festival of Barcelona

October-December 2016

The 48th Voll-Damm International Jazz Festival of Barcelona 2016 kicks off in early October bringing local and international stars of jazz, flamenco, salsa and more to the city until mid-December.

Founded in 1966 and featuring a show by Dave Brubeck in the Palau de la Música, the Barcelona Jazz Festival has become an annual musical treat filling the Catalan capital with traditional jazz and latin fusion from October to December.

The 2016 jazz festival is only the 48th edition because it wasn't organised in 1977 and 1979 but brings a particularly exciting roster of local and international stars.

Some of this years big stars include Chucho Valdés, Bill Frisell, Jack DeJohnette and Michel Legrand and there's flamenco from the likes of Vicente Amigo and José Mercé.

As far as local talent is concerned, I'll be doing my best to catch the exceptional Andrea Motis and the boisterous La Vella Dixieland, and to show how eclectic the line-up is the festival is also welcoming reggae rhythm legends Sly and Robbie.

The main venues are:-

 La Palau de la Música, L'Auditori, Barts, Conservatori del Liceu, Harlem Jazz Club, Monvinic, Teatre-Auditori Sant Cugat, and Luz de Gas

Plus lesser venues such as:-

Gran Hotel Havana, Hotel El Palace, The Wittmore, Casa Bonay and Casino de Barcelona 

Just click on the link to go to the venue page and book tickets there.

In order to make sure you don't miss an important show, you can Download the full programme for the 48th Voll-Damm International Jazz Festival of Barcelona here.


*By the way, there are free jazz and light shows at the Magic Fountains of Montjuïc at 9.30 pm every Saturday throughout October and at 7.30 pm every Saturday throughout November.





Barcelona Jazz Festival Featured Artists 2016



Wed October 19th: Playing Lecuona (film) - BARTS

Thur October 20th: Los Van Van - BARTS

Mon October 24th: Chucho Valdés-Joe Lovano Quintet - BARTS

Tue October 25th: Jack DeJohnette-Ravi Coltrane-Matthew Garrison - BARTS

Wed October 26th: Hiromi: The Trio Project - Palau de la Música Catalana

Wed October 26th: Big Mama Montse & Tota - Harlem Jazz Club

Thur October 27th: Antonio Lizana - Luz de Gas

Fri October 28th: Bill Frisell Quartet - BARTS

Fri October 28th: Sylvia Patricia - Harlem Jazz Club

Fri October 28th: Ricardo Fernández del Moral - Casa Bonay

Sat October 29th: Las Minas Puerto Flamenco - BARTS

Sun October 30th: Joel Tortul-Leon Capitano Tango Duet - Harlem Jazz Club

Mon October 31st: James Vincent McMorrow - BARTS

Mon October 31st: Catfingers - Harlem Jazz Club

Tues November 1st: Lizz Wright - L'Auditori Sala 2

Wed November 2nd: SFJazzCollective - Conservatori del Liceu

Thur November 3rd: Gonzalo Rubalcaba Quartet - Conservatori del Liceu

Thur November 3rd: Normanton Street - Harlem Jazz Club

Fri November 4th: José Mercé - Palau de la Música Catalana

Fri November 4th: Brandee Younger - Casa Bonay

Fri November 4th: Swing Vandals - Harlem Jazz Club

Sat November 5th: Carta Blanca LICEU SUPERSAX PROJECT - Conservatori del Liceu

Sat November 5th: Vicente Amigo - Palau de la Música Catalana

Sun November 6th: Helena Camps - The Wittmore

Sun November 6th: Jazz en Familia - Gran Hotel Havana

Mon November 7th: Terence Blanchard & The E-Collective - Conservatori del Liceu

Tue November 8th: Asaf Avidan - L'Auditori

Wed November 9th: Dino Saluzzi Group - Conservatori del Liceu

Wed November 9th: M.A.P. - Teatre-Auditori Sant Cugat

Thurs November 10th: Michael Nyman & The Michael Nyman Band - Palau de la Música Catalana

Thurs November 10th: James Rhodes - BARTS

Thurs November 10th: Joan Vinyals & Two Moons - Harlem Jazz Club

Fri November 11th: Anna Luna - Harlem Jazz Club

Fri November 11th: Michel Legrand - Palau de la Música Catalana

Sat November 12th: Music Maker Foundation Revenue - Luz de Gas

Sat November 12th: Daymé Arocena - Conservatori del Liceu

Sat November 12th: Avishai Cohen Trio - Teatre-Auditori Sant Cugat

Sun November 13th: Berta Sala - The Wittmore

Mon November 14th: Rudresh Mahanthappa's Bird Calls - Conservatori del Liceu

Tue November 15th: The Bad Plus - Conservatori del Liceu

Wed November 16th: Dhafer Youssef - BARTS

Thur November 17th: Craig Taborn - Conservatori del Liceu

Thur November 17th: José James - BARTS

Fri November 18th: Buenas Intenciones - Harlem Jazz Club

Fri November 18th: Nora Norman/Noa Lur - Luz de Gas

Fri November 18th: Michel Camilo & Tomatito - Palau de la Música Catalana

Sat November 19th: Sarah Mackenzie - Luz de Gas

Sat November 19th: Michael Feinstein & Orquesta Simfònica del Vallès - Palau de la Música Catalana

Sat November 19th: Avishai Cohen (Trumpet) Quartet - Conservatori del Liceu

Sun November 20th: Jazz en Familia - Gran Hotel Havana

Sun November 20th: Silvia Martos - The Wittmore

Sun November 20th: Roberto Fonseca - Conservatori del Liceu

Sun November 20th: Brunch with DJ Mary Paz and Roberto Fonseca - Casa Bonay

Mon November 21st: Sly and Robbie meet Nils Petter Molvaer - BARTS

Tue November 22nd: Robert Glaser Experiment - BARTS

Wed November 23rd: Carta Blanca Pepe Rivero with Orq. Cambra del Liceu - Conservatori del Liceu

Thur November 24th: La Vella Dixieland - Luz de Gas

Fri November 25th: Liv Monaghan - Harlem Jazz Club

Fri November 25th: Madeleine Peyroux - Palau de la Música Catalana

Fri November 25th: Raynald Colom Steel - Conservatori del Liceu

Sat November 26th: Kyle Eastwood - Cotton Club-Casino Barcelona

Sat November 26th: Joan Margarit and Carles Margarit - Luz de Gas

Sun November 27th: Christian Scott Atunde Adjuah - Conservatori del Liceu

Mon November 28th: Nils Wogram-BojanZ - Conservatori del Liceu

Tue November 29th: Carta Blanca Ivan Melon Lewis & Liceu Big Band - Conservatori del Liceu

Wed November 30th: Marc Copland-John Abercrombie Duo - Conservatori del Liceu

Wed November 30th: Royal Southern Brotherhood - Luz de Gas

Thur December 1st: Guillermo Klein Septet - Conservatori del Liceu

Thur December 1st: Ala.ni - The Wittmore

Fri December 2nd: Just For Funk - Harlem Jazz Club

Fri December 2nd: Fred Hersch & Orquestra Jazz de Matosinhos - Conservatori del Liceu

Fri December 2nd: La Locomotora Negra - Palau de la Música Catalana

Sat December 3rd: Ignazi Terraza-Bert van der Brink - Conservatori del Liceu

Sun December 4th: Carta Blanca Giulia Valle Trio - Conservatori del Liceu

Fri December 9th: Barbara Hendricks Monvinic Experience - Monvinic

Teatre-Auditori Sant Cugat

Fri December 16th: Andrea Motis & Joan Chamorro Quartet - Palau de la Música Catalana

Wed December 21st: Black Heritage Choir - Palau de la Música Catalana


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