Apr 17, 2023Apr 22, 2023
Various venues

Jazzaar is an outstanding jazz festival that takes place each year in the city of Aarau. This year marks the 31st edition of the festival, which will likely appeal to fans of Latin jazz! Immerse yourself in the music, whether you sit back and relax at a concert or an open rehearsal, or take part in a workshop with prominent masters of the art form.

Jazz masters performing alongside jazz stars of the future

Not only is the festival renowned for welcoming eminent jazz musicians to its stage each year, but it also encourages the next generation of musicians with its youth programme, Bandstand Learning with Role Models.

The high-point of this year's festival is arguably the Cuban Spirit concert that takes place on April 21 at Aarau Culture and Congress House. Guest musicians such as Gonzalo Rubalcaba on piano, the vocalist Johana Jo Jones, bassist Oscar Stagnaro and percussionist Paulo Stagnaro will join the Jazzaar Festival Latin Band for this feast for the ears, full of samba beats and cool Cuban rhythms.

Jazzaar poster 2023

Workshops at Jazzaar

At Jazzaar, there are many free workshops on diverse and fascinating topics with masters in their field. Here's an overview of what's on offer:

  • Improvisation - Igor Butman
  • Percussion - Paulo Stagnaro
  • Cuban Music - Gonzalo Rubalcaba
  • Composition - Gil Goldstein
  • The Journey from Classical Piano to Roots - Ray Angry

Jazzaar festival locations

Jazzaar takes place in many amazing venues in Aarau, including:

  • Culture and Congress House Aarau
  • Alte Reithalle
  • Alte Kantonsschule
  • Restaurant Einstein

Get your tickets to Jazzaar

Get your tickets to Jazzaar on the Jazzaar website. If you're on time you might even be able to make use of the Early Bird tickets. While you're there, make sure to leave time to explore the castles, heritage sites and historical monuments, because Aarau is also rich in history. 

Thumb photo: Peter Poeschl, courtesy of Jazzaar