Italy’s premier jazz festival returns

08th July, 2016
Returning from today until July 17 is Umbria Jazz, Italy’s premier jazz festival, located close to many of our luxury Umbria villas. Established over 40 years ago in 1973, Umbria Jazz has since become one of the country’s most popular musical events.

Held in a number of venues across the regional capital of Perugia, Umbria Jazz sees more than 200,000 people descend upon the city every year to enjoy ten days of unforgettable concerts, featuring both internationally-acclaimed and up-and-coming artists.

Though the festival specialises in showcasing the best of the jazz scene, it has also expanded to include numerous other musical genres, including blues and rock and roll. As well as welcoming several legends of jazz over the years, which include Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis, Umbria Jazz has welcomed a wealth of other big names from the world of pop to the stage, including Eric Clapton, Phil Collins and Elton John. This year’s festival promises yet another exciting line-up of diverse artists and musicians, including Mika, Kamasi Washington, Diana Krall and Melody Gardot.

If you’ve missed out on tickets, there’s always the chance to enjoy some top-quality jazz music with the festival’s winter edition. Umbria Winter Jazz is held in the nearby town of Orvieto every year around the New Year period, helping to bring in the New Year in unrivalled style.

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