Jazz Clubs & Festivals in Rome

Are you interested in Jazz music? Would you like to hear some jazz music played in one of Rome’s jazz clubs? Our guide gives you facts & information about when & where to go to hear some great jazz music in Rome.

The origins of Jazz music in Italy and Rome date back to the First World War and the American Soldiers who were stationed in Italy and brought it with them. Jazz music had a small but loyal following in Rome throughout the 1920’s and the repression of fascist Italy in the 1930’s. After World War Two Jazz music exploded in popularity in Rome and Italy with home grown jazz bands popping up and incorporating distinct European styles to their jazz.

Jazz clubs in Rome

Today Rome is one of the best places in Europe to go to listen to some excellent Jazz music. Rome has a few clubs that are devoted entirely to jazz music.

The Big Mama jazz club is situated in the Trastevere district of Rome across the river Tiber. This jazz club in Rome provides a venue for some of the best blues performers in Rome.

The New Orleans Jazz Café is situated in the city centre of Rome. This is probably one of the best jazz clubs to attend in Rome in terms of live performances. Live jazz performances are not held every night at this club although they are advertised well in advance giving you a chance to organise your night at this jazz club.

More regular live jazz performances can be enjoyed at the Alexanderplatz jazz club which has some type of live jazz music performance on most nights. This jazz club in Rome is particularly known for attracting big foreign names in jazz music.

Jazz festivals in Rome

As Rome and its inhabitants are such big fans of jazz, it comes as no surprise that they have their own jazz festival. The Rome jazz festival is an annual celebration of jazz music that has been going for nearly 30 years. The Rome jazz festival usually starts around mid October and last for almost one month. This jazz festival in Rome draws big name jazz musicians from the world of Italian jazz, European jazz and even big names in American jazz.  Dozens of performances by jazz bands of different styles make this jazz festival quite eclectic in its offerings, ensuring that there is something to suit all jazz fans in Rome.

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