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Associação AlãoJazz Portugal

Associação AlãoJazz is a nonprofit organization based in Alenquer, Portugal, with a mission to provide jazz education and performance opportunities to the local community, and to promote improvisation as a natural and spontaneous creative process. In 2022, the Associação will celebrate International Jazz Day for the first time.


“If you’re serious about jazz, you’re going to discover a lot about yourself. If you let it, jazz can change people’s lives for the better.”

Tell us a little about your organization’s mission
To spread the jazz word in a small, rural part of the country. We organize concerts, jam sessions, a festival and formative activities.

Why does your organization celebrate International Jazz Day?
Because the goals of international Jazz Day and ours, as jazz educators and promotors, are very much the same.

Tell us about a favorite memory from International Jazz Day
It was great to celebrate the IJD some years ago conducting a workshop about the music of Butch Morris and his Conduction sign language.

How do you think jazz can improve people’s lives?
If you’re serious about jazz, you’re going to discover a lot about yourself. If you let it, jazz can change people’s lives for the better.