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Music and Arts in Murcia: San Javier Jazz Festival

In 1998, jazz fans yearned to hear the music they loved performed live. This is the auspicious beginning of the San Javier Jazz Festival. Known affectionately as Jazz San Javier, for 23 years, it has been drawing jazz lovers and musicians who return yearly for a can’t miss experience set in the natural beauty of Murcia, Spain. 

Jazz Goes Global

The San Javier Jazz Festival celebrates an international line-up. This year’s program featured renowned American pianist Brad Mehldau who blends classical with jazz, flamenco jazz with Spaniard Daniel García accompanied by Cuban musicians, Jamaican jazz pianist Monty Alexander who hails in Miami and has 75 albums recorded under his belt, and a special performance with the Jayhawks. This year’s festival also included a tribute to jazz great and friend of Jazz San Javier, Chick Corea, recipient of the Festival Award in 2018. 

Music in the Streets

Another element of Jazz San Javier is their “music in the streets” series of free outdoor concerts, throughout different locales of Murcia, taking jazz to the people.  

How to See Jazz San Javier

Ticket sales are flexible. You can buy tickets for a single show or two, or plan on soaking up music and buy a pass for the entire festival, which happens every year at the end of summer.

Tune into “La 2 de TVE” from September 2 through the 16th for select programming to air from the 23rd San Javier Jazz Festival that just wrapped up at the end of July.  You can also listen in on August 27th to “Radio Nacional, Radio 3” for a special program from this year’s festival too. 

The Spanish ministry of Industry, Commerce, and Tourism has named Jazz San Javier, an Event of National Tourist Interest. You might not have to travel far to attend this famed music festival. Bring your dream to live in a Spanish villa to life with Dreamcasas.

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