Umbria Jazz in Perugia
What is Umbria Jazz?
Umbria Jazz is the most awaited event for all Perugians and Jazz lovers: in July the historic center of Perugia every year, for over forty years, is literally overwhelmed by one of the most important jazz festivals in Italy and in the world, Umbria Jazz, to the point where it is said that our city is transformed into a small New Orleans.
The dates of Umbria Jazz 2018
For the 45th edition of Umbria Jazz Perugia opens its doors to music from 13 to 22 July 2018.
The history of Umbria Jazz
Umbria Jazz is a music festival known all over the world that for years has made the city of Perugia famous, but it is perhaps less known that the first edition of Umbria Jazz was born near Terni, at the natural theater of the village of Piediluco, on August 23 in 1973, when the Aktuala group and the mainstream orchestra of Thad Jones and Mel Lewis played. Three evenings were planned, including two in Perugia and one in Gubbio, when the Weather Report and Sun Ra’s Solar Arkestra performed in Piazza 4 November, with alternative performances that made a lot of discussion, but welcomed an incredible success with the public. The birth of Umbria Jazz was possible thanks to the will of a Perugian, Carlo Pagnotta, current artistic director of the festival, passionate about this kind of music, to create in their city a festival dedicated to Jazz. Perhaps few know that the idea was born in a café in the historic center of the city and that took shape from the collaboration with some members of the Umbria Region, recently established. This fortuitous series of events meant that the proposal to create this festival, with the collaboration of Alberto Alberti, The greatest manager of jazz artists of the time, to draft the artistic program, landed in the region and was approved. Umbria Jazz was born.
Umbria Jazz of the 70s
To understand what was Umbria Jazz in the early years of the event we must remember the spirit of protest and general disorder that characterized Italy in those years, when attending a concert was often an opportunity for political protest and expression of social discomfort of an entire generation .
On the stages of Umbria Jazz passed the likes of Count Basie, George Coleman, Art Blakey, Dizzy Gillespie, Chet Baker, Stan Getz.
Those who have lived those first editions in fact remember very well the climate of disorder and turmoil, but also of exceptional vitality in which the small and quiet city of Perugia was found for a few days a year: famous are the photographs in which stretches of young assailed literally the city to listen to concerts, sleeping on the street, breaking the routine of a population not accustomed to a similar climate of internationality. There was no lack of “political” protests and whistles, disturbances and discomforts, to the point where the 1978 edition closed this first period because it needed a pause for reflection, to better understand how to manage what had now become an event that, although with his contrasts, he liked, attracted many people and had become a point of reference for international jazz music.
Umbria Jazz from the 80s to today.
In 1982 they resumed the concerts of Umbria Jazz, but the festival was no longer a set of free concerts without rules, had changed skin, although not the substance. Now we paid a ticket for the most important shows and in 1985 the Umbria Jazz Association was founded, with the task of managing the homonymous brand, owned by the Umbria Region, which still today deals with every aspect of the organization festivals, from artistic choices to logistics, from sponsors to the whole organization.
Shortly after the Umbria Jazz Foundation was born, with the task of managing the economic resources: do you know that the current president is the great Renzo Arbore?
Umbria Jazz had become in fact a permanent festival, that is, its concerts were mainly in Perugia, far from the center, in the stadium area, under a circus tent! The memory of the disturbances of the previous years was still too much alive and therefore in the center, in the wonderful setting of the Frontone Gardens, only the evening concerts were held, which saw the presence of artists such as Sonny Rollins, Randy Crawford, Michel Petrucciani, Phil Collins, Al Jarreau and Keith Jarrett.
Since 2003 the biggest and most important concerts are hosted in the Santa Giuliana Arena, the historic sports field close to the city center, while it is possible to listen to the most intimate concerts closely related to pure jazz in the eighteenth-century Teatro del Pavone, in the nineteenth century Morlacchi, in the thirteenth-century church of San Francesco al Prato, in the church of San Pietro and in other small and precious locations in the city center, such as the Oratory of Santa Cecilia or even the unconventional one of the Podiani Hall in the National Gallery.
Who does not remember the 1987 concert at the Curi Stadium in Sting and the Evans?
The music of Umbria Jazz
The music and style of Umbria Jazz over the years has changed: not only pure and orthodox jazz, but also rock, blues and more attention to Italian jazz musicians.
And ‘the presence of so-called black music, with its repertoire of blues, gospel, soul, zydeco, marching band and rhythm’ n ‘blues to connote today the most noisy and engaging Umbria Jazz, that of free concerts in the streets and the squares, the one that keeps Perugia awake and all its public until late at night! And Umbria Jazz has also opened up to the world of pop-rock, bringing on its stage musicians such as Elton John, Carlos Santana, James Brown, Donna Summer, Eric Clapton, Earth, Wind & Fire, Simply Red, Prince, B.B. King and not only!
Do you want to find out all the names of the artists who sang and played at Umbria Jazz? Visit the official website of the event www.umbriajazz.com!
The Umbria Jazz program 2018
The calendar of Umbria Jazz for summer 2018 is full of interesting names and international appeal: Massive Attack and The Chainsmocker will fill the Santa Giuliana Arena on July 16th and 17th respectively, and again David Byrne on July 20th, Quincy Jones he will celebrate his 85th birthday with a concert on July 13th, the opening day of the festival, and again Pat Metheny, Melody Gardot, Os Mutantes, Gregory Porter, Margaret Menezes, Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, Stefano Bollani, Young Fathers and Kyle Eastwood.
To consult the complete program with artists and schedules visit the official website of the event www.umbriajazz.com
Where does Umbria Jazz take place?
Umbria Jazz animates the historic center of Perugia that for 10 days a year transforms from a quiet university town to the capital of Jazz music and more!
The evening concerts take place outdoors on the terraces of the Santa Giuliana Arena, the old stadium of Perugia, close to the beautiful Santa Giuliana Abbey: here are the biggest and most crowded and spectacular concerts; more intimate events linked to pure jazz take place in the historic theaters of the Pavone and Morlacchi, while the free concerts are hosted in Piazza IV Novembre, the main square of Perugia, or are itinerant for Corso Vannucci and the Carducci Gardens, where a point refreshment allows you to refresh yourself by continuing to listen to music outdoors.
To find out where the concerts will take place and how to get to the city, visit the official website www.umbriajazz.com
Where and how to buy tickets for the Umbria Jazz concerts?
The purchase of Umbria Jazz tickets is possible directly from the official website of the event www.umbriajazz.com to the Umbria Jazz tickets section: here you can choose the desired concert and the seats, and then proceed to purchase the e-ticket.
Umbria Jazz Winter and Umbria Jazz Spring
The fans of Umbria Jazz also know very well Umbria Jazz Winter that has been held for 25 years in the Umbrian town of Orvieto at the end of December: the edition just passed has turned its gaze to the American Jazz without forgetting the Italian, giving moments of great music .
The classic indoor concerts were accompanied by itinerant concerts in the streets of the historic center with marching bands, jazz dinners, nightly jam sessions and non-stop music at Palazzo dei Sette, where you can also listen to more “popular” genres.
The New Year’s Mass in the Cathedral with gospel choirs and African-American religious songs and concerts of the Veglione is a fixed occasion, an excellent occasion to welcome the arrival of the new year in an original way and in the name of good music.
With Umbria Jazz Spring instead, the festival returns to its origins: from April 30th to May 1st the spring festival will be in Terni, where it all began back in 1973: you know that this year Umbria Jazz Spring will celebrate the International Jazz Day, the IJD 2018, in the marvelous location of the Marmore Falls? An emotional show not to be missed!
A rich program with music at any time of the day, for anyone who loves music regardless of the genre of reference, to unite under the common sign of the passion for jazz music all over Umbria!
For all information and the calendar of events visit www.umbriajazz.com
Umbria Jazz more and more social
If social media, like jazz, are your passions, share your comments, photos and thoughts on the Twitter and Facebook channel using the hashtags # UJ, # UJW25 and # UJ18 and follow the updates on the Social Wall on the official website of event.
Umbria Jazz for young people
Umbria Jazz also offers the opportunity for young people to attend special lessons through the Umbria Jazz Clinics auditions: the twinning with Berklee College, now in its 33rd edition, allows participation in the selections to be admitted to special courses from 10th to 22nd July 2018.
Students who pass the auditions can take lessons, master classes and jam sessions to improve their technique and grow in their musical career. The novelty this year is the chance to win scholarships at Berklee College in Boston.
Are you interested in participating and testing yourself at Umbria Jazz Clinics? For all information and methods of access visit www.umbriajazz.com at the Umbria Jazz Clinics section or directly at www.umbriajazzclinics.it
If you want to be overwhelmed by the rhythm of jazz, come to Perugia to Umbria Jazz 2018 from 13 to 22 July to live ten days full of quality music.
The city of Jazz awaits you!