If you mention the word Jazz in Italy, you can't help but think of the region Umbria. Thirty-seven years since its first edition, expectation of fans of the most important jazz musical festival in our country hasn't changed.
And how could it? The best names on the international scene, sacred totems coming from all over the world, perform live each year in the impressive location of the Arena Santa Giuliana: located in the heart of Perugia, with next to it one of the most beautiful abbeys of Umbria and the view of the acropolis in the background.
But there's more: the Oratory Santa Cecilia and the Theater Pavone will be hosting the shows dedicated to the most authentic lovers of jazz in all its nuances, traditional and modern.
These organized events are joined by a great number of open-air and, what's even more appealing, free performances This is the "bait" used by the organizers to draw young ones and families to the Festival, offering them concerts of musical genres that are more affordable.
It's 37 long years that Umbria Jazz has been this kind of catalyst and crowd-magnet: ten days of non-stop music, from the early morning to the light of dawn, with the most fascinating scenic views of splendid Perugia as a backdrop. And, what's more, with a very diversified and mixed audience: from the jazz music expert, a careful and demanding listener, to the tourist who is looking to liven his stay in the Umbrian city with a good dose of quality music, whatever kind it may be: jazz, soul, rhythm & blues, blues, gospel, pop.
The names that this year again will see thousands of visitors flock into Perugia are, as always, top-notch: Chick Corea, Stefano Bollani, Herbie Hancock, David Murray Big Band & Macy Gray, Erykah Badu, Pat Metheny, Sonny Rollins and Sting, with the great closing show on Sunday, July 15th on the stage of the Arena Santa Giulia.
All in all, an unmissable venue, with the magnificent landscapes of Umbria that are the perfect setting for ten days of great music.