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July-Umbria Jazz Perugia

What is Umbria Jazz

Umbria Jazz is the international festival dedicated to the most important jazz music in Italy, which for over forty years has been a regular appointment for the city of Perugia, turning it into a true Jazz capital, almost a small New Orleans.

The dates of Umbria Jazz 2018

Umbria Jazz 2018 awaits you in Perugia from 13 to 22 July.

The history of Umbria Jazz

Perugia is known to the international public thanks to Umbria Jazz, but perhaps you do not know that the festival was actually born near Terni, in the natural theater of Piediluco, on August 23, 1973, on whose stage the Aktuala and the mainstream orchestra of Thad performed Jones and Mel Lewis.

Four evenings were planned, one in Gubbio and the other two in Perugia, in Piazza IV Novembre, where they played the Weather Report and Sun Ra’s Solar Arkestra, whose very alternative performances created not a little sensation, but they collected also a great success.

How was Umbria Jazz born? He was born in a bar in the historic center of Perugia, thanks to the desire of Perugino Carlo Pagnotta, current artistic director of Umbria Jazz, who loved this kind of music and wanted Perugia to have a festival of his own and this was possible thanks to the collaboration with some exponents of the newborn Umbria region.

It was called Alberto Alberti, the most famous manager of jazz artists of the time, because he designed the artistic program and once the project was ready it came in and was approved. The Umbria Jazz festival was formally born.

Umbria Jazz of the 70s

Anyone who remembers the first editions of Umbria Jazz will certainly remember the climate of rebellion and protest that was breathed during his concerts, also seen as a moment of expression of the profound social unease and cultural restlessness that stirred the Itala in the ’70s.

The artists who performed on stage, from Count Basie to George Coleman, from Art Blakey to Dizzy Gillespie, from Chet Baker to Stan Getz, lived on their skin the absolutely unique and unrepeatable atmosphere that was breathed at the Umbria Jazz concerts.

The life of a quiet town like Perugia in those days was transformed and hordes of young and old poured out on its streets and squares to watch the shows, literally planting the curtains where it happened, disrupting the peaceful and provincial living of our city, that suddenly found itself at the center of the world.

Who does not remember the whistles, the fights, the social unrest: think that in 1978 the situation had become so unmanageable that it had to stop the event for a few years: the festival liked it, it was a public success and could not be renounced, but we had to find a way to reconcile the arrival of so many music fans from all over the world with the needs of the city: something had to be done!

Umbria Jazz from the 80s to today.

Umbria Jazz resources in 1982 but no longer without rules as before: to attend the most important concerts the ticket was paid and in 1985 the Umbria Jazz Association was born, which would have managed the homonymous brand, owned by the Umbria Region, which now manages every aspect of the Festival, from artistic choices, to sponsors, to logistics.

Shortly after the birth of the Umbria Jazz Foundation, which takes care of its economic resources and the current president is the great Renzo Arbore.

Umbria Jazz was no longer a touring but sedentary festival of concerts, where we played mostly in Perugia, near the stadium, think a little under a circus tent!

In the center there were only the evening concerts, in the suggestive context of the Frontone Gardens, where they played artists of the thickness of Sonny Rollins, Randy Crawford, Michel Petrucciani, Phil Collins, Al Jarreau and Keith Jarrett.

And for the superconcerti with the pop stars of international appeal there was the Curi stadium: in the memories of every Perugino and not only was the concert by Sting and the Evans in 1987!

No more confusion or unrest but only quality music!

Since 2003, evening concerts that attract more public are held at the Arena Santa Giuliana, the historic sports ground of Perugia near the center, while the smaller and more refined concerts welcome with their warm jazz atmospheres their audience in the city’s theaters Peacock or the Morlacchi, or in other delightful locations such as the Oratory of Santa Cecilia, the church of San Francesco al Prato, the church of San Pietro. In some editions the concerts were also held in the National Gallery, in the Podiani hall, for a perfect combination of music and works of art!

The music of Umbria Jazz

The music of Umbria Jazz is not only and exclusively jazz but has also gradually opened up to other genres, such as blues, rock and above all gave space to Italian jazz musicians.

Slowly the black music has made its way, declined in the shades and emotions of blues, soul, zydeco, marching band and rhythm ‘n’ blues, but also the pop-rock world, which allowed the performance of international artists as Elton John, Carlos Santana, James Brown, Donna Summer, Eric Clapton, Earth, Wind & Fire, Simply Red, Prince, BB King and many others!

If you are curious to find out the names of all the artists who performed at Umbria Jazz visit www.umbriajazz.com and you will see the great names of those who played and sung in Perugia’s stages!

This blend has made the Umbria Jazz festival the exciting show we know today and attracts hundreds of fans and fans from all over the world, with its concerts in the streets and squares of the center from morning to evening that will make you dance and sing until late at night!

The Umbria Jazz program 2018

The program of Umbria Jazz 2018 also this year gives great names of international music: on July 16th and 17th the bands of Massive Attack and The Chainsmocker will play at the Santa Giuliana arena, on July 20th will be the turn of David Byrne, on July 13th Quincy Jones will celebrate his 85th birthday with a special concert on the opening day, and then again Pat Metheny, Melody Gardot, Os Mutantes, Gregory Porter, Margaret Menezes, Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, Stefano Bollani, Young Fathers and Kyle Eastwood .

If you want to know the dates of all the concerts, schedules, locations and information on each individual artist visit www.umbriajazz.com

Where Umbria Jazz takes place
Umbria Jazz overwhelms with its energy and its rhythms all the historic center of Perugia to the point that the city, very quiet throughout the year, in the 10 days of the event literally changes face and becomes a small capital of Jazz music.

One of the symbolic places of the festival is the Arena Santa Giuliana, the old sports stadium that takes its name from the nearby Abbey of Santa Giuliana, where the biggest and most public concerts are set up, and that often the last evening becomes a huge collective space without seats to dance together! The most intimate concerts, perhaps those of jazz music where the single artist performs only with piano, sax or other instruments, are housed in the precious city theaters, the Morlacchi and the Pavone, while in Piazza IV Novembre, the heart of Perugia, a stage is set up where the artists who perform free concerts make the city dance until late at night!

Free and free concerts are also available along Corso Vannucci and the Carducci Gardens, where you can relax at the refreshment point while listening to good outdoor music.

To get all the information on how to get to Perugia, how to get to the center and the various locations visit www.umbriajazz.com

Where and how to buy tickets for the Umbria Jazz concerts
For paid concerts it is possible to buy the Umbria Jazz tickets online from the festival website www.umbriajazz.com under tickets: following an easy procedure that also allows you to choose the place you can buy the e-ticket.

Umbria Jazz Winter and Umbria Jazz Spring

Umbria Jazz is also declined in the winter version with Umbria Jazz Winter, which for 25 years has been hosted in the beautiful Umbrian town of Orvieto, the city of the cliff, at the end of December: the last edition was a success, with artists representing both jazz American than Italian.

There was no lack of street music with marching bands, jazz dinners and night-time jam sessions, non-stop music at Palazzo dei Sette with more “popular” genres. Great excitement in listening to the New Year’s Mass in the Cathedral accompanied by gospel choirs and sacred African-American songs, in addition to the Veglione concerts, which allow you to celebrate the new year in an alternative way to the rhythm of music!

Where Umbria Jazz takes place

Umbria Jazz overwhelms with its energy and its rhythms all the historic center of Perugia to the point that the city, very quiet throughout the year, in the 10 days of the event literally changes face and becomes a small capital of Jazz music.

One of the symbolic places of the festival is the Arena Santa Giuliana, the old sports stadium that takes its name from the nearby Abbey of Santa Giuliana, where the biggest and most public concerts are set up, and that often the last evening becomes a huge collective space without seats to dance together! The most intimate concerts, perhaps those of jazz music where the single artist performs only with piano, sax or other instruments, are housed in the precious city theaters, the Morlacchi and the Pavone, while in Piazza IV Novembre, the heart of Perugia, a stage is set up where the artists who perform free concerts make the city dance until late at night!

Free and free concerts are also available along Corso Vannucci and the Carducci Gardens, where you can relax at the refreshment point while listening to good outdoor music.

To get all the information on how to get to Perugia, how to get to the center and the various locations visit www.umbriajazz.com

Where and how to buy tickets for the Umbria Jazz concerts

For paid concerts it is possible to buy the Umbria Jazz tickets online from the festival website www.umbriajazz.com under tickets: following an easy procedure that also allows you to choose the place you can buy the e-ticket.

 

Umbria Jazz Winter and Umbria Jazz Spring

Umbria Jazz is also declined in the winter version with Umbria Jazz Winter, which for 25 years has been hosted in the beautiful Umbrian town of Orvieto, the city of the cliff, at the end of December: the last edition was a success, with artists representing both jazz American than Italian.

There was no lack of street music with marching bands, jazz dinners and night-time jam sessions, non-stop music at Palazzo dei Sette with more “popular” genres. Great excitement in listening to the New Year’s Mass in the Cathedral accompanied by gospel choirs and sacred African-American songs, in addition to the Veglione concerts, which allow you to celebrate the new year in an alternative way to the rhythm of music!

But from this year Umbria Jazz experiments: do you know that April 30th is the International Jazz Day? Umbria Jazz Spring celebrates it in the wonderful scenery of the Cascata delle Marmore, with a show that you can not miss!

From April 30th to May 1st, the jazz festival returns to its origins, in Terni, where it began: not just Perugia and Orvieto, therefore, under the banner of Umbria Jazz!

For any information and for the concert calendar visit www.umbriajazz.com

Umbria Jazz more and more social

Do you love sharing your experiences on social media? With the hashtags # UJ, # UJW25 and # UJ18 you can follow the updates on the Social Wall festival of the official website and share your thoughts and photos through Facebook and Twitter.

 

Umbria Jazz for young people

If you feel like an artist and want to perfect mastery of music Umbria Jazz gives you the opportunity to participate in Umbria Jazz Clinics: its auditions, now online, will allow you to be selected for special courses from 10 to 22 July 2018, thanks to a 33-year collaboration with Berklee College.

Those who pass the audition will participate in classes, master classes and jam sessions, to perfect their technique and have the chance to win scholarships at the Berklee College in Boston itself.

If you think you have the fabric and want to test yourself, go to www.umbriajazz.com or www.umbriajazzclinics.it to find the rules and all the useful information.

Perugia, the great little capital of Jazz, awaits you from 13 to 22 July 2018!

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