La Spezia Jazz Festival

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The La Spezia Jazz Festival is an international music event that takes place in the mesmerizing Gulf of Poets. Specifically, the Festival Internazionale del Jazz della Spezia occurs in the summer months the towns of La Spezia, Lerici, and Portovenere.

The jazz music festival was founded in 1696 by Tiberio Nicola, a local musician and jazz lover from La Spezia. With its 50th edition scheduled to take place from 23 to 29 July 2018, it is the longest-running Italian jazz festival to date. Most of all, the greatest international jazz stars have played here, making it one of the top historic events of the kind at European level.

It is quite safe to say that few other jazz festivals in the world (if any) can boast such an extraordinary location such as the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Portovenere, its Islands and the Cinque Terre in Liguria.

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2018 CALENDAR

Main Events

SATURDAY 7 JULY
at 21:00 in La Spezia – Piazza Mentana
Garfield High School Jazz Band

MONDAY 23 JULY
at 21:00 in Aulla – Piazza Cavour
Kansas Smitty’s House Band

TUESDAY 24 JULY 
at 21:00 in La Spezia – Piazza Mentana
Take 6

WEDNESDAY 25 JULY 
at 21:00 in La Spezia – Piazza Mentana
Billy Hart Quartet featuring Joshua Redman

THURSDAY 26 JULY
at 21:00 in La Spezia – Oratorio Don Bosco
Gran Galà del Jazz, Farber-Ferrara- Occhipinti-Santaniello-Steinman

FRIDAY 27 JULY
at 21:00 in Portovenere – Piazza San Pietro
Nick The Nighfly 5 Tet

La Spezia Jazz Festival in Portovenere, Liguria

SATURDAY 28 JULY
at 21:00 in La Spezia – Piazza Mentana
Antonio Ciacca Orchestra with Benny Golson and Federico Rampini, homage to Martin Luther King

SUNDAY 29 JULY
at 21:00 in San Terenzo (Lerici) – Parco Villa Magni Shelley
Bruce Bart Trio with Renè Marie
at 23:00 in La Spezia
De Terminal – Banchina Revel – “I have e dream” Kelvin Sholar DJ SET Closing Party

Additional Events “Aperitivi in Jazz”

MONDAY 23 JULY
at 19:00 – Aulla
Loredana D’Anghera

TUESDAY 24 JULY
at 19:00 – La Spezia
Chiara Izzi

WEDNESDAY 25 JULY
at 19:00 – La Spezia
Giordano Carnevale

FRIDAY 27 JULY
at 19:30 – Portovenere (Venus Bar at Grand Hotel Portovenere)
Mario Biasio / Simone Locarni

portovenere jazz music

SATURDAY 28 JULY
at 19:30 – La Spezia
Winner of the Tiberio Nicola Award 2018

SUNDAY 29 JULY
at 19:30 – San Terenzo (Lerici)
On the Beach with Jamile Staevie Manhattan Moods
in collaboration with Italian Jazz Days NY “Young Jazz Book – La Spezia meets New York”

23/24/26/27/28 JULY
at 23 – La Spezia, Centro Allende
Jam Sessions

 

Discover the complete calendar of concerts and movie projections on festivaljazzlaspezia.it.

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