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The weather may be hot, but the music’s cool, way cool. Here are five of the world’s best summer jazz festivals, all set in beautiful locations.

  • Monterey, California, September 17 to 19: The MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL, pictured here, is one of the longest-running jazz gatherings. 2010 marks its 53rd year. montereyjazzfestival.org
  • Burlington, Vermont, June 4 to 13: Often overshadowed by the Montreal Jazz Festival held later in the month, the DISCOVER JAZZ FESTIVAL is a small, undiscovered gem that attracts its share of high-caliber acts. discoverjazz.com
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    Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival
  • Edinburgh, Scotland, July 30 to August 8: Hot music meets moody medieval city at the EDINBURGH JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL. Don’t miss the performances by the Edinburgh Festival Jazz Orchestra. www.edinburghjazzfestival.co.uk
  • Molde, Norway, July 19 to 24: To celebrate his 80th birthday, saxophonist Sonny Rollins debuts at the MOLDE INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL this year. moldejazz.no
  • JAZZ À LA VILLETTE. jazzalavillette.com