Guide to Malaga Jazz Festival 2020

One of the biggest events in Malaga during the autumn is the annual Malaga Jazz Festival. However, because of covid-19 restrictions, the 2020 edition (the 34th) is not taking place as usual. It will return in 2021 so bookmark this page for future reference for exact dates and performers.  

Dates of Malaga Jazz Festival (2020)

Covid-19 restrictions means the festival will not be taking place this autumn

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. In 2019, 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. 

The highest price for a ticket for a jazz concert is €36 and the lowest €9. 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.


keys on a sax at the Malaga Jazz Festival

Malaga Jazz Festival programme

The information below refers to the 2019 edition of the Jazz Festival. Details of the 2020 edition to follow in early summer.

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

5 November kicks off the Jazz Festival proper when Charles Tolliver plays his trumpet as only he knows how. The concert is part of his worldwide tour celebrating the 50th anniversary of his iconic album, Paper man, which he originally recorded with Herby Hancock et al back in 1968.

6 November welcomes local sax player Ernesto Aurignac, a regular on the Malaga jazz scene. His band of 10 accompanies him in a concert showcasing his latest album, Plutón (Pluto), so expect a cosmic journey!

Malaga Jazz Festival

7 November sees something of a jazz legend taking to the stage. Kenny Barron, one of the world’s greatest jazz pianists, plays solo. The video below of Kenny playing Beautiful Love gives you an idea of the talent taking part in the Malaga Jazz Festival this year. 

8 November is the turn of the sax, played by another jazz great, Charles Lloyd. From Memphis, Lloyd has played with numerous great jazz figures including B B King and has a long list of credits after his name. He’ll be accompanied by his band. 

9 November goes percussion with the Mexican drummer Antonio Sánchez taking centre stage with his band. His talent on the drums is second to none and you’ll see why he’s won no less than 4 Grammys.

On 10 November, the Malaga Jazz Festival goes Nordic. One of the world’s most influential trumpeters today, Nils Petter Molvaer, will be showcasing his unique take on jazz that he mixes into a surprising combination of sounds. Joining him on the stage will be bass and drums. 

The perfect end to this year’s festival comes on 11 November when the youngest jazz player shows her raw talent. Andrea Motis from Barcelona is just 24, but is already making big waves on the international jazz circuit. She takes the vocal and trumpet in this concert where she’s joined by her Quintet. 

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.

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.

Full details available at tourist offices during the first week of November and via this link to the Malaga Jazz programme

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

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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