Your guide to Malaga Jazz Festival

One of the biggest events in Malaga during the autumn is the annual Malaga Jazz Festival. This year’s edition is the 33rd and as usual, calls on several big names to celebrate this annual event. This blog post tells you what’s on and where during the festival.

Note that the information in this post refers to the 2018 Jazz Festival. Bookmark the page for up-to-date information on the 2019 edition (released in the summer).

Dates of Malaga Jazz Festival (2018)

The festival takes place From Sunday 29 October to Sunday 4 November. All concerts in the Cervantes Theatre begin at 8.30pm with the exception of the inaugural concert that starts at 6.30pm.

Venues for Malaga Jazz Festival

The Cervantes Theatre is the main stage for the principal Malaga Jazz Festival concerts. As usual, other live music venues in the city will be offering jazz concerts and related events.

Where to buy tickets for Malaga Jazz Festival

These are available at the Cervantes Theatre box office or online .

The highest price for a ticket for a jazz concert is €36 and the lowest €11. Discounts are available if you buy tickets for more 4 or more events. For example, if you buy a ticket for each of the six concerts, you receive a discount of 25 per cent. See the website for details.

Malaga Jazz Festival

Malaga Jazz Festival programme

This year has a great line-up with lots of big names in jazz as follows:

29 October offers the opening concert by the Centro de Artes y Música Moderna (CAMM), the city’s main music school and specialist in jazz. A full orchestra and quintet will provide jazz music from all genres as a great way to start the week celebrating jazz. This concert is free – you can get tickets from the Cervantes Theatre box office from Tuesday 23 October. Open Monday to Friday 11am to 2pm and 6 to 8.30pm and Saturday 6 to 8.30pm. Maximum 2 per person.

30 October kicks off the Jazz Festival proper when GoGo Penguin play their unique jazz style including pieces from their latest album, A Humdrum Star. The trio features Chris Illingworth on piano, Nick Blacka on bass and Rob Turner on drums.

31 October sees the return of American singer songwriter Madeleine Peyroux (1 of our favourites). She’ll be presenting her latest album Anthem, which she co-wrote and produced with Larry Klein. Her poetic pieces take a sombre look at life but Peyroux’s upbeat style offers optimism and will have your feet tapping.

Malaga Jazz Festival

1 November the new month begins with the great French pianist, Michel Legrand who will receive the Malaga Jazz Festival Cifu Prize in recognition of his outstanding and long career as a jazz musician. He’ll be banging out the beat on the keys along with Pierre Boussaguet on double bass and François Laizeau on drums.

2 November sees something of a jazz legend taking to the stage. Billy Cobham, whose drumming career includes a long spell with Miles Davis and the Bitches Brew, will be playing a selection of his signature compositions along with David Dunsmuir on guitar, Michael Mondesir on bass and Steve Hamilton and Camelia Ben Naceur on keyboards. Definitely one of the highlights for true jazz fans since Cobham has played with numerous great jazz figures and has a long list of credits after his name.

3 November sees jazz from the other side of the pond when Stefano Bollani, a big name on the European jazz scene, brings the rhythms of Brazilian jazz to Malaga. He’ll be presenting Que Bom, his latest album, jam-packed with catchy Brazilian sounds along with Jorge Helder on the double bass, Jurim Moreira on drums and Armando Marçal and Thiago da Servinha on percussion. You’ll be getting up and dancing at this one.

And as an appropriate finale, on 4 November another jazz legend returns to Malaga. John Scofield who has a big local following, last appeared in the Malaga Jazz Festival in 2007. Known as the master of improvisation, Scofield will be presenting Combo 66 alongside Gerlad Clayton on piano, Vicente Archer on bass and Bill Stewart on drums. The perfect end to this year’s festival!

See the full programme for events during Malaga Jazz Festival at the Cervantes Theatre here (pdf download).

Other events during Malaga Jazz Festival

Malaga Jazz Festival also includes lots of other jazz-related events around the city centre. Look out for free jazz concerts held in the following squares:

  • Plaza de Féliz Sáenz
  • Plaza de las Flores
  • Plaza del Obispo
  • Plaza Mitjana
  • Plaza del Carbón
  • Plaza de Jerónimo Cuervo (in front of the Cervantes Theatre)

Outdoor concerts take place daily with the first starting at 12.30pm in Plaza Féliz Sáenz and the last in Plaza de Jerónimo Cuervo at 7pm just before the jazz concerts start in the Cervantes Theatre.

There are also concerts on Calle Alcazabilla and at the Artsenal art space on Muelle Uno.

Several restaurants offer jazz concerts too including D’platos, Asako, Café Central, Le Grand Café, Taberna El Mentidero, Terraza de la Aduana, el ZZ Pub, Balneario Baños del Carmen, Hotel La Chancla, Gran Hotel Miramar and Hotel Molina Lario.

After-hour ’round midnight’ sessions take place daily in the downstairs bar at the AC Malaga Palacio Hotel.

Jazz on the Wall is another great place to catch jazz in Malaga. Their Facebook page has information on jazz concerts and sessions.

Full details available at tourist offices during the last week of October and first week of November.

Why not take a break in Malaga during the Jazz Festival and visit the city’s many attractions while you’re here. Our Guide to Malaga contains all you need to make the most of the city – things to do in Malaga, things to see, where to stay and where to eat plus lots of other helpful information. Take a good look round the website!

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