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Jazz: Finding the Music in the Maastricht Region

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Jazz is a big part of the music scene in the Maastricht region, with many local and nearby musicians who play live on a weekly basis. A little searching can usually turn up a least one musical event at a cafe or a concert, and regional musicians sell their work both in stores and online. As autumn settles in around us, two jazz festivals are on the horizon for lovers of this type of music: Jeker Jazz and the MECC Jazz Maastricht.

Jeker Jazz (14-17 October): The first of these two festivals, Jeker Jazz (last year called Jazz Promenade) is a four day event in Maastricht’s downtown Jeker quarter. The event focuses on admission-free jazz, blues, funk, and related music played live in various cafes and pubs, mostly from regional musicians but some do come from all over. This year is its 20th anniversary! Dan and I attended one of the concerts last year, and had an enjoyable evening. But show up early; the cafes fill quickly.

The MECC Jazz Maastricht (29-30 October): The MECC Jazz Maastricht festival is a new event this year, but its roots began in the 1990s with another event called Jazz Mecca. Located (naturally) at the MECC, attendees will be treated to a mix of international and regional musicians as well as great food and drink. You can check out the program and purchase tickets on their website. Entrance is €42,50 for one day, or €72,50 for the complete event.

Beyond the individual festivals, live music is quite easy to find in the Maastricht region. If you’re looking for live events in Maastricht, try Jazz Maastricht, where they maintain a calendar of music events and also have more information about festivals when they take place. For Limburg area events beyond Maastricht you can try JazzClub Zuid-Limburg which also has an itinerary.

In all likelihood these events and websites only scratch the surface of live music in the Maastricht Region. Do you have a favorite jazz event you’d like to share? Please add it in the comments below.

Source: This article was originally published on Maastricht Region: to Live.

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