The big jazz learning adventure in Spain began back in the Seventies. The universities of the Sixties and Seventies made a common cause with the young Jazz movement.

In 1978, the class of Modern Music and Jazz started in Barcelona in the Center d’Estudis Musicals (Center of Musical Studies). It is remarkable to see the large number of clubs offering jazz in Barcelona, in addition to the Jazz Festival in Barcelona and the Association of Jazz Musicians.

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The very first Jazz Festival in Barcelona presented an extraordinary cast with Dave Brubeck, Paul Desmond, Sonny Rollins, Max Roach and Tete Montoliu, among many others.

The Voll Damm Festival of 2011 (so named after the sponsor, a German beer) will count with prestigious jazz musicians such as Maria Schneider and her orchestra, fourth gold medal of the Barcelona Jazz Festival, who is nominated in three categories. Other artists include Shorty & Orleans Avenue, who is releasing his new studio album: For True, Rudresh Mahanthappa, the Italian saxophonist and composer raised in Colorado, U.S. and David (Dave) Holland, the British jazz double bassist, who resides in New York. The Artist of the Year award was granted to Jason Moran, who will present his album in November, a collaboration with flamenco guitarist Pepe Habichuela. They perform a marriage between jazz and flamenco.

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If you are going to attend the Barcelona Jazz Festival 2011, a good choice for accommodations are the apartments in Barri Gothic, the central quarter of Barcelona, which will give you a great opportunity to experience the historic Barcelona, see the beautiful Gothic Cathedral, the Plaza Real and dozens of small bars that can liven up your evening, after listening to your favorite jazz music.

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Vacation rentals in Barcelona can be booked for days, weeks or months, giving you the facility to arrange the dates of your preference. You can also find special rates for students.

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