Bucharest International Jazz Competition

Bulevardul Regina Elisabeta



100 % jazz & more…competition, jam sessions, workshops...
Bucharest International Jazz Competition, organized by jmEvents.ro, is a singular event on the professional Romanian jazz scene, but also is ranked among the first 3 jazz competitions in Europe. It is addressed to bands and vocalists aged up to 35 years, and its mission is to contribute to the acknowledgement of the Romanian and international jazz values.

An entire week dedicated exclusively to jazz. Between May 12 and 19, Bucharest’s music lovers are invited to discover and to encourage the best musicians of the moment, “crème de la crème” or just reaching the peaks of success, from all around Europe and other continents.

The contest is followed by jam sessions and workshops, where international specialists share their knowledge and skills in jazz with the participants.

Bucharest International Jazz Competition is more than an international contest, it is a statement – it promotes young musicians’ creativity and freedom of expression at a time when the commercial is the compromise to success in music.

Having a strong start, the first edition in 2007 registered 30 bands from 25 countries. Musicians with different backgrounds came together on the EUROPAfest stage and gave their best to the Bucharest public. Most contestants had an impressive portfolio, attending prestigious international events such as the Jazz Festival of Montreux, Red Sea International Jazz Festival or Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival USA. 

Improvisation, explosive energy and the joy to share music – these are the co-ordinates for the 2012 Bucharest International Jazz Competition which has in Semifinal 25 bands from 24 countries.