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 51st edition scheduled to take place from 22 to 27 July 2019, 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.


Monday 22 July, Piazza Cavour – Aulla
Riccardo Zegna – Giampaolo Casati Duo

Tuesday 23 July, Piazza Mentana – La Spezia
Charles McPherson Quartet

Wednesday 24 July, Parco Villa Magni Shelley – Lerici
Benny Benack III Quintet feat Andy Farber (sax)
“Salute to the King”

Thursday 25 July, Piazza San Pietro – Porto Venere
GeGè Telesforo Group “SoundzForChildren”

Friday 26 July, Piazza Mentana – La Spezia
Antonio Ciacca Septet “Pulses”

Saturday 27 July, Piazza Mentana – La Spezia
Joey DeFrancesco Trio

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