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Potsdam Jazz Festival - visitors guide

The annual Potsdam Jazz Festival

Jazz enjoys a pride of place in the music culture of Germany and whether it is jazz blues, big-band, mainstream or avant-garde jazz this country has it all. Both local and international jazz musicians recognise Germany as a jazz hotspot and consider the annual Potsdam Jazz festival to be an ideal jazz platform.

Although the ‘jazz capital’ of Germany is officially Frankfurt, Potsdam in Berlin is very well known among jazz artists and jazz enthusiasts. The Potsdam Jazz festival that takes place in Germany on an annual basis celebrates the styles of jazz artists including Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller and several other jazz performers both traditional and contemporary.

Potsdam Jazz Festival is a celebration of Jazz that is held in September every year and brings together old-school classical jazz and new styles of Jazz from around the world. The event takes place with open air concerts around the Brandenburg Gate Potsdam jazz festival in Berlinand Volkspark Potsdam.

The Brandenburg Gate and Volkspark Potsdam are popular destinations in Berlin for the annual Potsdam Jazz festival and can get crowded with international visitors looking to enjoy some amazing jazz gigs. The Brandenburg Gate, which is one of the main locations of the Jazz Festival, is probably the best known structure in Berlin. Situated to the West of the City Centre where Unter den Linden and Eberstraße intersect ands is easily accessible.

Another venue of the Potsdam Jazz Festival is the Volkspark in Potsdam which is one of the most popular parks in Potsdam, the capital of Brandenburg. The Potsdam Jazz Festival is normally scheduled to take place in September and hosts some very exciting performances by the world’s greatest Jazz musicians.

Location: Potsdam, Berlin, Germany.
Date: Usually September annually (check official site for dates)

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