ANGRAJAZZ – Festival Internacional de Jazz de Angra do Heroísmo – is an event organized by a non-profit association – Associação Cultural Angrajazz – with the support of the Angra do Heroísmo City Council, the Regional Departments of Culture and Tourism, and many private sponsors.

It takes place annually, in Angra do Heroísmo, Terceira Island, Azores, a middle Atlantic town considered by UNESCO as world patrimony.

The first edition of this festival took place in 1999, and since then it has been happening every year, in the beginning of October.

Until 2003 the festival took place on a XVII century cloister of an old convent. Since 2003 the Angrajazz moved to the new Centro Cultural e de Congressos de Angra do Heroísmo, an old bullfight ring transformed into a cultural center.

The semi circular auditorium turns into a big jazz club, fitting 550 persons, with the musicians very close to the public, which gives it a very exciting and truthful atmosphere.



The Angrajazz claims itself as a main-stream festival, with the main purpose of spreading and developing the appreciation of this kind of music in the Azores Islands.

Some of the concerts realized at the festival have been considered, by the specialized media, among the best of the year in Portugal.

The Associação Cultural Angrajazz organizes also some side events during the festival like workshops, conferences, expositions, cinema and others.

As a result of some of these workshops, the Angrajazz Orchestra was created in 2002, playing for the first time at the 4º Angrajazz. This Orchestra is formed by 20 local musicians, and directed by the musicians and professors Pedro Moreira and Claus Nymark.



– Associação Cultural Angrajazz
– Câmara Municipal de Angra do Heroismo (Cidade Património Mundial)



– Miguel Cunha
– José R. Pinto
– João Pedro Barreiros
– Rui Borba


Angra do Heroismo, Terceira Island, Azores, Portugal
– Grand Auditorium – feats 550 persons, arranged as a big jazz club
– Small Auditorium/Cinema – feats 158 persons.
– Main Atrium with 300 square meters (expositions, sailing of merchandizing and CDs)
– Piano bar with esplanade.


In 2015, October 1 ,2 and 3.


– City Council of Angra do Heroísmo
– Regional Department of Culture
– Regional Department of Tourism
– Private Sponsors
– Tickets and merchandizing
– Education project of Orchestra Angrajazz, consists of a small jazz school during the year and has institutional support from City Council, Regional Department of Culture and sponsorship of Guarita Supermarkets.


1º ANGRAJAZZ . 1999
– Quinteto de Carlos Martins (Portugal)
– Toots Thieleman/Kenny Werner (Belgium/USA)
– John Scofield/Steve Swallow/Bill Stewart Trio (USA)
– Claude Bolling Quarteto (France).


2º ANGRAJAZZ . 2000
– Frank Morgan Quinteto, com Valery Panomarev, John Hicks, Curtis Lundy and Yoron Israel (USA)
– Dixie Gang Septeto “Participação do Grupo de Metais Ilha Lilaz ” (Portugal)
– Dena DeRose Trio com Ingrid Jensen (USA)
– Richard Gallianno Trio (France)
– Hilton Ruiz Quarteto (USA)


3º ANGRAJAZZ . 2001
– Mário Delgado Projecto Filactera (Portugal)
– Paolo Fresu Quinteto (Italy)
– Sonny Fortune Quarteto (USA)
– Cedar Walton Trio (USA)
– Roseanna Vitro Quintet com Gary Bartz (USA)
– Steve Turre Sexteto com cordas – Chris Howes, Akua Dixon, Stephen Scott, Buster Williams and Victor Lewis (USA)


4º ANGRAJAZZ . 2002
– Orquestra Angrajazz (Azores)
– Only Jazz Quarteto (Azores)
– Russell Malone, Benny Green e Ray Drummond Trio (USA)
– Kenny Barron trio com Kyoshi Kitagawa e Ben Riley (USA)
– Louis Hayes Quarteto com Javon Jackson, Ronnie Mathews e Michael Bowie (USA)
– Laverne Butler e Bruce Barth trio (USA)
– Big Band do Hot Clube de Portugal dirigida por Pedro Moreira (Portugal)


5º ANGRAJAZZ . 2003
– Sexteto do Hot Clube de Portugal (Portugal)
– Orquestra Angrajazz (Azores)
– Karrin Allyson Quinteto (USA)
– Scott Hamilton Quarteto (USA)
– Philip Catherine Quarteto (Belgium)
– Martial Solal Trio (France)
– Regina Carter Quinteto (USA)


6º ANGRAJAZZ . 2004
– Paula Oliveira Quarteto (Portugal)
– Orquestra Angrajazz (Azores)
– Bireli Lagrene Quarteto (France)
– Herbie Nichols Project (USA)
– Mark Murphy Quinteto (USA)
– E.S.T. Esbjörn Svensson Trio (Sweden)
– Wycliffe Gordon Quinteto (USA)


7º ANGRAJAZZ . 2005
– Orquestra de Jazz do Funchal (Portugal)
– Orquestra Angrajazz com Mário Laginha (Azores)
– Didier Lockwood Trio (France)
– T.G. B. Frazão, Carolino, Delgado Trio (Portugal)
– Sheila Jordan com Steve Kuhn Trio (USA)
– Dave Holland Quinteto (USA)
– Bill Charlap Trio (USA)
– Preservation Hall Jazz Band (USA)


8º ANGRAJAZZ . 2006
– Orquestra Angrajazz com Zé Eduardo (Azores)
– Joe Lovano Noneto (USA)
– Bruce Barth Trio com Vanessa Rubin e Carla Cook (USA)
– Enrico Pieranunzi piano solo (Italy)
– Enrico Rava Quinteto (Italy)
– Filipe Melo Trio (Portugal)
– Eddie Palimieri Afro Caribbean Jazz All Stars (USA)


9º ANGRAJAZZ . 2007
– Laurent Filipe Quinteto (Portugal)
– Roberta Gambarini Quarteto (Italy/USA)
– Orquestra Angrajazz com Afonso Pais (Azores)
– Benny Golson Sexteto (USA)
– Jim Hall Trio (USA)
– Monk’s Casino Quinteto (Germany)


10º ANGRAJAZZ . 2008
– Tom Harrel Quinteto (USA)
– Orquestra Angrajazz com Mário Barreiros (Azores)
– Mário Barreiros Sexteto (Portugal)
– Benny Wallace Noneto “Disorder at the Border” (USA)
– Bobo Stenson Trio (Sweden)
– William Parker Sexteto “Raining on the Moon” (USA)
– Herbie Hancock Sexteto (USA)


11º ANGRAJAZZ . 2009
– Orquestra Angrajazz com Hugo Alves (Azores)
– Jane Monheit Quarteto (USA)
– Quarteto de Mário Laginha (Portugal)
– Henri Texier Strada Sexteto (France)
– Chano Dominguez Trio (Spain)
– Charles Lloyd New Quartet (USA)


12º ANGRAJAZZ . 2010
– Orquestra Angrajazz com Luis Cunha (Azores)
– Mingus Dinasty Septet (USA)
– Stefano Bollani Trio (Italy/Denmark)
– Paula Oliveira + Lisbones (Lisbon)
– Orchestre Nacional de Jazz (France)
– Henri Texier Transatlantik Quartet com Joe Lovano, Steve Swallow, Aldo Romano (France/Italy/USA)


13º ANGRAJAZZ . 2011
– Orquestra Angrajazz (Azores)
– Night of Jazz Guitars c/ Larry Coryell
– Bill Carrothers Trio
– Kurt El-ing Quintet
– Julio Resende International Quartet
– Dave Douglas Brass Ecstasy


14º ANGRAJAZZ . 2012
– Orquestra Angrajazz (Azores)
– Tomasz Stanko Quintet (Poland / Denmark)
– Rui Teixeira Group (Portugal)
– The Jack DeJohnette (USA)
– Jason Moran and The Bandwagon (USA)
– Matosinhos Jazz Orchestra w/ Chris Cheek (Portugal)


15º ANGRAJAZZ . 2013
– Orquestra Angrajazz (Azores)
– Carla Bley Trio (USA)
– Fred Hersch Trio (USA)
– Ray Anderson’s Pocket Brass Band (USA)
– Carlos Bica Trio (Portugal / Germany / USA)
– Cecile McLorin Salvant Quartet (USA / France)


16º ANGRAJAZZ . 2014
– Orquestra Angrajazz (Azores)
– Joey DeFrancisco Trio (USA)
– Barry Harris Trio (USA)
– Gary Smulyan Quarteto (USA)
– Ricardo Toscano Quarteto (Portugal)
– René Marie Quartet (USA)


17º ANGRAJAZZ . 2015
– Orquestra Angrajazz (Azores)
– René Urtreger Trio (France)
– Jeff Denson + Lee Konitz (USA)
– Sexteto de Jazz de Lisboa (Portugal)
– Tord Gustavsen Ensemble (Noruega)
– Gregory Porter & Band (USA)


18º ANGRAJAZZ . 2016
– Orquestra Angrajazz (Azores)
– Christian McBride Trio (USA)
– Desidério Lázaro “Subtractive Colors” (Portugal)
– Ralph Alessi Baida Quartet (USA)
– Charenée Wade Quartet (USA)
– The Cookers (USA)