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. And you have to wear a mask at all times during the concerts.. 

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. 

Venues for Malaga Jazz Festival

The Cervantes Theatre is the main stage for the principal Malaga Jazz Festival concerts, all of which start at 8pm. As usual, other live music venues in the city will be offering jazz concerts and related events. In 2021, jazz concerts will also take place all over Malaga at different locations including parks and squares. Details of locations, times and dates to follow. 

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 €30. There are none of the usual discounts this year for buying several tickets, but we think they’re a bargain anyway! 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:

Thursday 4 November kicks off the Jazz Festival proper with José James, vocal and guitar with his accompanying musicians. The American artist will be presenting his second solo album, No Beginning No End 2 and will offer a great first evening of jazz.

Friday 5 November welcomes The Tigran Hamasyan Trio. The award-winning jazz pianist and singer will play The Call Within, 10 original pieces that reportedly represent his most intense work.

Malaga Jazz Festival

Saturday 6 November welcomes Richard Bona and the Alfred Rodríguez Band on the electric bass and piano. Bona draws on his African roots and merges them with the best of American jazz, while Rodríguez brings his piano playing skills to the stage. Both have been tutored by Quincy Jones who considers Rodríguez to be “the best pianist in the world”. 

Sunday 7 November is the turn of Kyle Eastwood (no prizes for guessing who his Dad is) who brings Cinematic, film soundtracks to the Malaga Jazz Festival and gives them classic jazz sounds. Expect to hear Gran Torino, Unforgiven and The Pink Panther, all with a jazzy twist. Eastwood is considered one of the best contemporary jazz double bass players. 

Monday 8 November brings Tino di Geraldo to the Festival with Concert Bal, his own compositions and cover versions (Paco de Lucia, Nine Inch Nails). A versatile musician and composer, di Geraldo’s music draws on multiple influences including jazz, latino, flamenco and traditional folk music. 

Tuesday 9 November turns to perhaps the greatest jazz instrument of all, the sax. Local saxophone musician Tete Leal and his band and singers will present his latest project, Five Elements and take you on a journey of traditional jazz, electronic sounds and vocal choruses. 

And lastly Wednesday 10 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. 

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