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 48th edition scheduled to take place from 5 to 15 July 2017, 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.

Jazz Festival in Portovenere

The dates of the festival scheduled to take place in the medieval sea hamlet of Portovenere are:

La Spezia Jazz Festival in Portovenere, Liguria

11th July 2017

Castello Doria – 21:30
ROSARIO GIULIANI
LUCIANO BIONDINI
CINEMA ITALIA
Film projection, free entrance

12 July 2017

Piazza San Pietro – 21:30
WHIPLASH
Film projection, free entrance

On this occasion you can take the free boat ride from La Spezia (Passeggiata Morin) to Portovenere.

Other highlights of the International La Spezia Jazz Festival

Apart from the musical appointments in Portovenere, you cannot miss the following performances in La Spezia:

6 July 2017
Piazza del Bastione – 21:00
ENRICO RAVA
TOMASZ STANKO QUINTET
THE EUROPEAN TRUMPET LEGENDS
OPENING ACT MARCO BIASETTI
Concert, entrance fee

15 July 2017
Piazza del Bastione – 18:30
BRANFORD MARSALIS
QUARTET with KURT ELLING
Concert, entrance fee

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

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