Barcelona's annual jazz festival is ready and raring to go when fall hits.
The Voll-Damm International Jazz Festival is an event that takes over the music scene in the city and opens it up to the world's most renowned and talented musicians. This is Europe's premier jazz event, with more than 50 concerts in 20 venues around the city of Barcelona.
This year's program, scheduled for Friday, Oct. 10, through Sunday, Nov. 30, has some top performers, including Diana Krall, Jaques Morelenbaum Cello Samba Trio, the Trodheim Jazz Orchestra and Eirik Hedgdal with Joshua Redman, amongst others.
Barcelona's jazz festival brings together music-lovers from across the city and world — Photo courtesy of Jaime Oriz
This jazz festival is truly one of the city's most exciting fall exhibits. It sports a large international crowd and offers a chance for locals and visitors to visit a variety of clubs, bars and concert halls.
Shows will take place all over the city, including venues such as Luz de Gas, Palau de La Musica and Auditori del Forum. Harlem Jazz Club in the Gothic Quarter will be hosting a large number of concerts, including Jac de Gats on Wednesday, Oct. 22.
On Friday of that week, it has Adriana Ospina and Saturday, Oct. 25, they'll feature Ray Cuza i Orquesta Sazonando with Carlos Caro. Tickets for these venues range between 10 to 15 euros, as do most of the concerts throughout Barcelona.
Another one of Barcelona's concert halls that will play host to the jazz festival is the renowned Palau De La Musica. Not only is this building a Modernist masterpiece, but it's also gorgeous and one of the most beautiful settings in which to experience a concert. Built between 1905 and 1908 by architect Lluis Domenech i Montaner, the Palau was originally built as a home for the Orfeo Catala.
This Art Nouveau building is the only concert venue in this style to be called a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It's quite something to see a concert in this building, and there are several taking place during the course of the festival.
On Friday, Oct. 24, Vicente Amigo will perform, and on Friday, Nov. 14, Trondheim Jazz and Eirik Hegdal with Joshua Redman will grace the stage. If you happen to be in town for these dates and are somewhat interested in Jazz, seeing a concert at the Palau is an unforgettable experience.
The beauty of the festival, in addition to the jazz, is that the venues are spread out amongst the Ciutat Vella ("Old City"), as well as the Eixample and some of the "posher" parts of town. This gives people visiting for the first time a chance to see eclectic and different parts of the city through the various jazz venues.
Tickets range in price depending on the show, and they can be purchased in advance online.