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Buenos Aires International Jazz Festival

For the avid jazz fan, the Buenos Aires International Jazz Festival is a must if visiting the city. Taking place at the ND Aneneo cultural space, the festival has included musicians such as saxophonist James Moody, the Terence Blanchard Quintet, the Cuban pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba and the local porteño favourite, the trumpeter Roberto 'Fats' Fernández. More than 36,000 visitors go to the jazz festival annually. Although the festival in its current form has only been around since 2002, some form of jazz festival has existed in the city since the 1960's; the current Buenos Aires Jazz Festival is just a more formalized version. The first of the new version festival in 2002 was held in the midst of Argentina's severe economic and political problems, and the outcome was uncertain and doubted by many. However, the concerts and performances, mostly by well-known local artists, were all free, and people flocked to attend them. From there,the event has grown into one recognized the world over, and has drawn many international artists including Jane Blackstone, Freddie Hubbard, Kenny Barron, Anthony Braxton, Michael Brecker, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ron Carter, Herbie Hancock, Randy Weston and many more. Adrian Iaies, a local jazz pianist, has been the festival director since 2007.

Venue: ND Ateneo, 918 Paraguay

Date: November 2014 TBA