Festa do Jazz is back

December 16th, 17th and 18th

After the full program was announced and the special edition passes for the 20th anniversary of the Jazz Festival were sold out, tickets for all concerts are on sale at Ticketline and at the CCB box office.

With regard to the poster, in addition to the already announced Salvador Sobral and Trilok Gurtu, this year’s Party has a luxury program.

Discover the best of Portuguese jazz, as well as debates and the National Meeting of Jazz Schools. This year, the festival takes place in three iconic locations in Belém, each unique in its own right: the architecturally stunning CCB – Centro Cultural de Belém, where the main concert program takes place, the Picadeiro do Antigo Museu dos Coches, which will host the National Meeting of Jazz Schools, as well as two exclusive concerts, and the eclectic bookstore and event space Ler Devagar at Lx Factory with Jam Sessions in the evening. In addition to a diverse musical offer, the Jazz Festival will once again host discussion panels on relevant social issues.

All CCB concerts will be broadcast live on RTP Palco and will be available on the digital platform for one year.

20 YEARS JAZZ PARTY – BY CARLOS MARTINS (artistic director)

Understanding the Festa do Jazz (FdJ) is crucial to understanding jazz in the last decades in Portugal, namely in the last 20 years. That’s why we made a book, published in 2020 -the only edition of its kind in Portugal- for the last 20 years, about the universes, personal and collective, created and/or stimulated by the Festa.

But explaining everything that has been done in the last 20 years could be, in addition to being extensive, a futile exercise discussing numbers and impacts that will never be as important as the qualitative and symbolic vision of the countless encounters and creations made by the Portuguese Jazz musicians who are the center of the Festival. It was these musicians who started the internationalization of jazz in Portugal, as well as the paths of pedagogy.

That’s why I prefer, as artistic director, to underline some ideas and practices essential to FdJ that are important for the community of musicians that, meanwhile, has consolidated itself in Portugal. The creation of a community and its support, it should be noted, was our greatest contribution, as a partner of a previously informal network of musicians, promoters, researchers, journalists, and teachers, among others, encompassing a range of diverse voices, with different experiences and roles in different contexts.

In this light, the Festa has been, over the course of 20 years, clearly the largest and most complete observatory of jazz in Portugal, creating unique moments of revealing new talents and new proposals from renowned musicians. It has always been the unifying space by promoting an annual national meeting, creating networks, formal and informal, betting on creation, improvisation, pedagogy, and the exchange of knowledge of those involved, including young people from national jazz schools. From the National Competition of Schools (of Jazz) for the past 19 years, most of the great current musicians have emerged, who in turn have been illuminating the future paths of improvised music made in Portugal, and now in Europe.

On the other hand, fulfilling the vocation of the Festival, the program brought together and brings together the most varied trends in Portuguese improvised music, paying attention to inclusive aspects. Therefore, 20 years later and in this edition that celebrates this anniversary, the inclusion of women in the program in almost 50% of the scheduled groups is, for us, inseparable from the fight that we all have to fight to attract more women to Portuguese jazz, which is still very sexist. , like the rest of society. Our desire to continue encouraging other festivals to do the same is not therefore innocent. It must be said that women in jazz cannot be “invented” when they do not exist in schools, groups, and communities. The path is long and difficult due to cultural issues that, in this and other themes such as colonialism or institutional racism, for example, contribute to a greater Portuguese periphery in Europe, in addition to the geographic one. But we’ll make it.

It was also to shorten this physical, cultural and psychological periphery that Sons da Lusofonia/Festa do Jazz has strategically worked on the internationalization of Portuguese Jazz. To this end, in Lisbon in 2018, the Europe Jazz Network, the Lisbon City Council, and the Centro Cultural de Belém, it held the first European Jazz Conference in Portugal (European Jazz Conference) in which Portuguese jazz musicians were finally introduced to the European jazz elite, in a careful and strategic way, that we brought to Lisbon. As part of the European Jazz Network for over 10 years, Festa do Jazz gathered the necessary documentation to recently create, with several national partners, the first Portuguese Jazz Network – Portugal Jazz – the name under which the first embassy was programmed this time, taking the most important entities of national Jazz to the biggest jazz fair in the world – Jazzahead! in April of this year.

Although national in character, FdJ continues along these paths, promoting the encounter of Portuguese with European musicians, as we do in this edition of the Festa. In addition to being national, the Festa is a festival in Lisbon, the city that hosts and projects it. That’s why we want to invite people from Lisbon who have given us so much to come to live this 20th-anniversary celebration with us, and that’s why we invite the city and people from Lisbon on the first day of concerts, on December 16th, at the Great Auditorium of the CCB, to be with us.

Due to the clashes and celebrations it fosters, the Jazz Festival is a place of true joy. In this edition of the 20 years, there will be many surprises not to be missed. Check out the program and come party with us.



December 16th: Grand Auditorium 21:00

  • Invitation to the City: 20 years of Jazz Festival
  • Trilok Gurtu, Yuri Daniel, João Paulo Esteves da Silva with Carlos Martins, João Frade and Mário Delgado
  • Trilok Gurtu, percussions
  • Joao Paulo Esteves da Silva, piano
  • Yuri Daniel, double bass
  • Guests:
  • Carlos Martins, saxophone
  • João Frade, accordion
  • Mario Delgado, guitar

December 17th – Small Auditorium 4:30 pm

  • Nazaré da Silva Quintet (PT)
  • Nazaré da Silva, voice
  • João Almeida, trumpet
  • Bernardo Tinoco, saxophone
  • Zé Almeida, double bass
  • Joao Pereira, drums

5:30 pm

  • Hugo Carvalhais “Ascetica” (PT/FR/LT)
  • Liudas Mockunas, tenor saxophone, sopranino and clarinet
  • Fábio Almeida, tenor saxophone and flute
  • Fernando Rodrigues, hammond organ and synthesizer
  • Gabriel Pinto, hammond organ
  • Hugo Carvalhais, double bass
  • Mario Costa, drums

9:00 pm

  • Salvador Sobral and Marco Mezquida (PT/ES)
  • Salvador Sobral, voice
  • Marco Mezquida, piano

10:00 pm

  • RTP/Jazz Festival Awards 2022
  • with João Almeida and Carlos Martins

10:30 pm

  • Lantana (PT/PL/SE)
  • Maria Radich, voice
  • Anna Piosik, trumpet
  • Helena Espvall, cello
  • Joana Guerra, cello
  • Maria do Mar, violin
  • Carla Santana, electronics

December 18th – Pequeno Auditório 4:30 pm

  • Caddi, rapper
  • Noiatt, rapper
  • May, rapper
  • Mateja Dolsak, saxophone
  • Mariana Trindade, trumpet
  • Tom Maciel, piano and keyboards
  • Zé Almeida, electric bass
  • Miguel Fernandez, drums

5:30 pm

  • Joana Raquel and Miguel Meirinhos “Ninhos” (PT/ARG)
  • Joana Raquel, voice, lyrics and composition
  • Miguel Meirinhos, piano and composition
  • Demian Cabaud, double bass
  • João Cardita, drums

9:00 pm

  • Perselí (PT/STC/MX)
  • Fuensanta Méndez, vocals, and double bass
  • Alistair Payne, trumpet
  • José Soares, alto saxophone

10:00 pm

  • Lurdes Júdice Awards – National Meeting of Schools

10:30 pm

  • Marques/Cabaud Quartet (ARG/PT/USA)
  • Gonçalo Marques, trumpet
  • Bram de Looze, piano
  • Demian Cabaud, double bass
  • Jeff Williams, drums


December 17th at 3 pm

  • Debate “Culture and Citizenship: Improvisation is Inclusion”
    w/ Andreia Monteiro, Dougie Knight, and Joana Machado
  • Free programming.

4:00 pm

  • National Meeting of Schools
  • Free programming.


  • Conservatory – Professional School of the Arts of Madeira – Eng. Luiz Peter Clode
  • Vitor Fernandes, alto saxophone
  • Beatriz Doria, piano
  • Emanuel Inácio, double bass
  • Afonso Teles, drums
  • Professor: Francisco Andrade


  • Luiz Villas-Boas Jazz School – Hot Clube de Portugal
  • Ana Silva, flute
  • Henrique Pinto, trumpet
  • Maria Soeiru, piano
  • Miguel Jorge, bass
  • Raul Areias, drums
  • Teacher: Gonçalo Marques


  • JAM – Jazz Academy of Music
  • Beatriz Duarte, flute
  • David Rodrigues, trumpet
  • Francisco Van Epps, guitar
  • Lourenço Lucio – guitar
  • Vítor Carvalho, electric bass
  • Nuno Jorge, drums
  • Professor: Nuno Ferreira


  • ART’J – JOBRA Professional School of Performing Arts
  • Ana Santiago, voice
  • Joshua Souza, saxophone
  • Rúben Rosa, trumpet
  • Bernardo Barreira, guitar
  • Afonso Figueiredo, electric bass
  • Elijah Saxton, drums
  • Teacher: Joao Freitas


  • Lusiada University of Lisbon
  • Sofia Costa, voice
  • Diogo Flosa, guitar
  • Pedro Lopez, piano
  • Pedro Matos, bass
  • Gonçalo Albino, drums
  • Teacher: Nuno Costa


7:00 pm

  • Christopher Dell, vibraphone
  • Jonas Westergaard, bass
  • Christian Lillinger, drums
  • Paid programming.

December 18th  at 3pm

  • Debate “The Sound of Lisbon: acoustic territories and the city”
    w/ Pedro Campos Costa, Carlos Santos and Carlos Martins
  • Free programming.


  • 4:00 pm – National Meeting of Schools
  • Free programming.


  • Barreiro Jazz School
  • David Fernandes, voice
  • Lúcia Bartolomeu, vocals and keyboards
  • Paulo Lopez, saxophone
  • Claudia Gonçalves, piano
  • Jorge Vasconcelos, bass
  • Tiago Monteiro, drums
  • Teacher: José Soares


  • Bemposta Primary and Secondary School
  • Salomão Boechat, Alto saxophone
  • Isaac Krasmann, guitar
  • Samuel Miranda, bass
  • Andre Rocha, bass
  • Pedro Ramos, drums
  • Teacher: Vitor Guerreiro


  • Artistic School of the Coimbra Conservatory of Music
  • Pedro Martins, vibraphone
  • Vicente Pechorro, piano
  • Santos, guitar
  • Tiago Fernandes, bass
  • Iris Brave, drums
  • Teacher: Andrea Santos


  • Superior School of Music of Lisbon
  • Julia Rassek, voice
  • Maria Fonseca, trumpet
  • Alvaro Pinto, alto saxophone
  • Henrique Oliveira, tenor saxophone
  • José Manuel Cavaco, piano
  • Bruno Ponte, guitar
  • Juliana Mendonça, double bass
  • Maria Carvalho, drums
  • Professor: Nelson Cascais


  • Afonso Silva, saxophone
  • Pedro Sequeira, vibraphone
  • José Martin Geyer, piano
  • Josias Ribeiro, guitar
  • Xavier Nunes, double bass
  • Pedro Latães, drums


7:00 pm

  • Sofia Sá, voice
  • Clara Lacerda, piano
  • Raquel Reis, cello
  • paid programming


Free programming.

December 17th, 23:00 – 01:30

  • Tom Maciel invites Thiago Alves and João Sousa + Jam Session
  • Tom Maciel, piano
  • Thiago Alves, double bass
  • Joao Sousa, drums

December 18th, 23:00 – 01:30

  • Thiago Alves invites Júlia Perminova and André Sousa Machado + Jam Session
  • Julia Perminova, piano
  • Thiago Alves, double bass
  • André Sousa Machado, drums


Festa do Jazz is the biggest Portuguese jazz festival made by Portuguese people, which has been held without interruption for 20 years, bringing together different audiences, critics, promoters, professional musicians and jazz students from all over the country.

The Jazz Festival has always been the unifying space that promotes an annual national meeting, to create networks, formal and informal, and that promotes creation, improvisation, pedagogy, the exchange of knowledge of those involved, including young people from schools. Festa do Jazz is the observatory of Portuguese jazz and a unique moment for revealing new talents and new proposals from renowned musicians.

The Jazz Festival is, and has been over the years, also a unique moment for the presentation of new talents and new proposals from established musicians. These two factors ensure and require that the Jazz Festival be a nationwide initiative, with prior promotion and dissemination, repercussions at the time and later on innumerable media.

The Jazz Festival presents a program mainly in Portuguese, in all its aspects:

– Professional Approach: the poster has, from the beginning, with the biggest names in national Jazz and some of the biggest in international Jazz;

– Professionalizing Approach: the creation of the national competition of Schools, unique in the world, as an approach to the future of national jazz and the creation of sustainability conditions

– Training: artistic residencies and masterclasses with internationally renowned guests

– Creation of formal and informal networks, national and international: member of the European Jazz Network, Associação Sons da Lusofonia currently promotes the Portugal em Jazz project (

– Permanent framing of gender and citizenship issues and the creation of formal and informal networks that serve to build communities based on good individuals.


  • Organization: Associação Sons da Lusofonia
  • Artistic Direction: Carlos Martins
  • Programming: Carlos Martins with Pedro Melo Alves
  • General Coordination: Inês Lobo
  • Technical Direction: Luís Delgado
  • Produced by: Luís Hilário, Catarina Fernandes
  • Production Assistant: Lia Mei
  • Design: Travassos
  • Press Office: João Pinho (Press Link)
  • Patrons: Doris Matz
  • Sponsorship: Santa Casa da Misericórdia
  • Partners: Belém Cultural Center, RTP Palco, National Coach Museum, Ler Devagar Bookshop
  • Support: Portuguese Republic, Lisbon City Council, Turismo de Lisboa, Parish Council of Belém, Hotel Jerónimos 8, Generator
  • Media Partner: Antena 2, Público, RTP2
  • Recorded and broadcast in the Great Auditorium and Small Auditorium of the Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB)


Associação Sons da Lusofonia promotes comprehensive interventions that combine social intervention and global education with music and interaction between communities, people and the arts.

ASL is a non-profit cultural association created in 1996. Since its foundation, one of the main objectives of ASL has been to contribute to cooperation between geo-culturally diverse countries, promoting the development of an identity based on traditions, common or no, future-oriented – creating a communication platform between generations and groups with different habits and cultural heritages.

It thus contributes to a social and artistic intervention attentive to changes and structured in social creativity. ASL has been doing work of unavoidable importance in favor of Portuguese culture and cultural and human diversity, over almost 27 years, and the importance of this work is recognized by cultural agents, the various publics and by national and international institutional agents.

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