Guide to Malaga Jazz Festival 2021

One of the biggest events in Malaga during the autumn is the annual Malaga Jazz Festival. Despite covid-19, the Festival is going ahead with concerts at the Cervantes Theatre. 

Bear in mind that because of health and hygiene protocols, a reduced number of tickets are available so we advise booking as soon as possible. You should arrive early at the concert (doors open 1 hour before the start time) to allow time to have your temperature taken. And you have to wear a mask at all times when you are in public space (including outdoors) in Malaga.. 

Dates of Malaga Jazz Festival (2021)

This year’s festival takes place from Thursday 4 November to Wednesday 10 November. There are also some jazz events in neighbourhoods around the city – see the link below. 

Note that the rest of the information in this blog post refers to the 2020 edition. We’ll be adding the programme and other details as soon as we receive them. Bookmark the page and check back regularly. 

Venues for Malaga Jazz Festival

The Cervantes Theatre is the main stage for the principal Malaga Jazz Festival concerts, all of which start at 7pm. As usual, other live music venues in the city will be offering jazz concerts and related events. In 2020, jazz concerts will take place for the first time all over Malaga at different locations including parks and squares. You can see the list of locations, times and dates here

Where to buy tickets for Malaga Jazz Festival

These are available at the Cervantes Theatre box office or online . Just type jazz into the search box at the top and then choose the event you want to book. 

Tickets for a jazz concert cost between €24 and €30. 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%. See the website for details.


keys on a sax at the Malaga Jazz Festival

Malaga Jazz Festival programme

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

Friday 6 November kicks off the Jazz Festival proper when The Cuban Jazz Syndicate featuring Pepe Rivero (on piano) brings together Cuban jazz musicians. All 6 are winners or nominees of Latin Grammy awards and led by drummer Michael Olivera, will offer a great first evening of jazz.

Saturday 7 November welcomes Chano Dominguez and Diego Amador. Dominguez is famous throughout Spain for his fusion of jazz and flamenco and Amador comes from the family of flamenco greats. Both are maestros on the piano and will offer an evening of jazz compositions and some classic flamenco. 

Malaga Jazz Festival

Sunday 8 November welcomes Kyle Eastwood (no prizes for guessing who his father is…) on the double bass and electric bass. Eastwood has composed several film sound tracks and together with his band will present the album Cinematic. This concert at the Malaga Jazz Festival takes a journey through famous sound tracks and gives them a jazz vibe. Update: this concert has been postponed because of travel restrictions. 

Monday 9 November is the turn of two great musicians. Cuban pianist Daniel Amat and local double bass player Francis Posé join Andrés Litwin, a drummer from Argentina. The evening promises a fusion of harmonies, different tempos and flamenco and Latino influences. 

Tuesday 10 November turns to perhaps the greatest jazz instrument of all, the sax. Local saxophone musician Enrique Oliver and his band will present his latest album Incerteza (Uncertainty) and take you on a journey of free jazz, calypso, samba, hard bop de los 60… 

And lastly Wednesday 11 November, the Malaga Jazz Festival welcomes its first female musician. American Robin McKelle sings her versions of some of the greatest females artists. 

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 in restaurants and hotels – ask at the Tourist Office for full details. Note that due to the state of emergency introduced in Spain on 25 October and the curfew in Malaga (11pm to 6am), these events may not take place. 

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