Umbria Jazz is the most important Italian jazz music festival born in 1973 that takes place annually in Perugia, in the month of July.
Since 2003 the most important concerts have been held at the Santa Giuliana arena, with names such as Ornette Coleman, Van Morrison, Bobby McFerrin, Earth, Wind & Fire, James Brown and Manhattan Transfer. Other concerts are held at the eighteenth-century Teatro del Pavone (Sarah Vaughan, 1984), at the municipal theater Morlacchi (Caetano Veloso), at the thirteenth-century church of San Francesco al Prato (Gil Evans, Carmen McRae, the Liberation Music Orchestra), oratory Filipino of Santa Cecilia, in the Podiani hall of the National Gallery of Umbria, in the cathedral of Perugia (the Gospel choirs), in St. Peter’s Basilica (Jan Garbarek and Hilliard Ensemble for the project Officium) and in the Renato Curi stadium (Miles Davis, Manahattan Transfer, Sting and Gil Evans in 1987).
In 1997 a concert was moved to Villa Fidelia di Spello (Eric Clapton).
In the twenty years since the edition of 1982, we add a few digressions in the territories of rock and blues and the Brazilian song, with a greater focus on Italian jazz.
The artistic choices are divided into two strands: on one side the orthodox jazz and on the other the black music (blues, gospel, soul, zydeco, marching band, rhythm ‘n’ blues) with various encroachments in pop-rock, for a general public. In this perspective, the performances of characters like Elton John, Carlos Santana, James Brown, Donna Summer, Eric Clapton, Earth, Wind & Fire, Simply Red and B.B. King.