Cool and Hot Jazz Music in Barcelona!

The history of Jazz music in Catalonia can be traced back to the 1920s; the time period in which America was first experiencing the movement of Jazz from the small and unknown to the mainstream. Barcelona in the 1920s was a haven of romantic cultural development and artistic exploration.

History of Barcelona Jazz

From the 1920s to the 1960s, major American Jazz artists regularly visited Barcelona, spreading their musical influence and helping to develop the Catalán’s passion for Big Band, Swing, and Experimental music. Over time, traditional musicians from Barcelona became influenced by the melodies from across the Atlantic and started to develop their music in a similar style.

Tete Montoliu is the undisputed father of the Catalán Jazz movement. Born blind in Barcelona in 1933, Montoliu studied music in the city and followed his passion for Jazz, despite the genre being labeled as a negative foreign influence on a unified Spain by Franco’s fascist regime. Musical exchange between Montoliu and visiting American Jazz musicians through the 1940s and 1950s helped develop his already unique piano style and eventually paved the way for the internationally-renowned Catalán Jazz musicians of today.
It was in 1929 that the first Jazz-oriented club nights became major events in Barcelona, thanks to international visitors to the city’s Universal Exposition on the rocky, costal mountain of Montjuïc.


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Cool Jazz

Cool jazz is a style of modern jazz music that arose following the Second World War. It is characterized by its relaxed tempos and lighter tone, in contrast to the bebop style.

Broadly, "cool" refers to a number of post-war jazz styles employing a more subdued approach than that found in other contemporaneous jazz idioms. The term "cool" started being applied to this music around 1953, when Capitol Records released the album Classics in Jazz: Cool and Quiet.

ans of today.
It was in 1929 that the first Jazz-oriented club nights became major events in Barcelona, thanks to international visitors to the city’s Universal Exposition on the rocky, costal mountain of Montjuïc.


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Hot Jazz

Hot Jazz or Early jazz which is sometimes referred to as Dixieland music or New Orleans jazz, , is a style of jazz music which developed in New Orleans at the start of the 20th century, and was spread to Chicago and New York City by New Orleans bands in the 1910s. Well-known jazz standard songs from the Dixieland era, such as "Basin Street Blues" and "When the Saints Go Marching In", are well known songs even to non-jazz fans. With its beginnings in riverboat jazz, Dixieland progressed to Chicago-style jazz or Hot Jazz as developed by Louis Armstrong and others. 

Dixieland combined earlier brass band marches and the "standard" band consists of a "front line" of trumpet (or cornet), trombone, and clarinet, with a "rhythm section" of at least two of the following instruments: guitar or banjo, string bassor tuba, piano, and drums. The Dixieland sound is created when one instrument (usually the trumpet) plays the melody or a variation on it, and the other instruments improvise around that melody. 


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New Jazz Apartments

Cool Jazz

Our Cool Jazz Apartment follows our new concept of accommodation in Barcelona inspired by the Jazz genre. This is an apartment designed to provide people with comfort and style in a soft, thoughtful and quiet musical style. Following this concept, the apartment has been designed to provide an atmosphere of tranquility.

Hot Jazz

Our Hot Jazz Apartments follow the same concept but are designed to reflect the Hot Jazz genre. These apartments are perfect for people wanting to have a relaxing holiday.


Jazz Clubs in Barcelona 


With two performances per day, 365 times a year for half a century few jazz clubs, and generally few live music venues, can boast a history and repertoire of artists like that of Jamboree. It is an institution that is part of the cultural heritage of Barcelona and offers a musical dynamism which has made it into one of the most popular venues on Plaça Reial. It has been visited by global jazz legends of all times from all five continents as well as supporting lesser known local musicians.

Plaça Reial, 17, 08002 Barcelona

933 04 12 10


Harlem Jazz Club 

Whilst Harlem Jazz Club isn´t the oldest jazz club in Barcelona within its walls is one of the liveliest jazz clubs in Barcelona which offers concerts each day in a range of different genres. If you are a jazz fan make sure to come and check out this suave hidden gem within the Gothic Quarter.

Carrer de Comtessa de Sobradiel, 8, 08002 Barcelona

933 10 07 55


If you would like to come to Barcelona and experience some great jazz then take a look at JAZZ BCN APARTMENTS where you will find a great range of apartments all over the city.

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