An overview of the 26th edition of the famous italian jazz festival
Umbria Jazz Winter – one of the most important music festivals in Italy – celebrated its 25th anniversary last year with successful live shows featuring many special guests.
The festival returns in Orvieto from December 28 to January 1 2019, with a new and rich programme. The 26th edition was presented yesterday at Villa Mercadante in Rome (Italy), by the Artistic Director Carlo Pagnotta, the Mayor of Orvieto Giuseppe Germani, the Culture Council Member of the municipality Alessandra Cannistrà and the Orvieto Wine Consortium Representative Carolina Formica.
Some of the most important names of italian jazz will be attending the holiday edition of the festival, starting from trumpet players Enrico Rava, Paolo Fresu, Fabrizio Bosso and Flavio Boltro. Umbria Jazz Winter will also host some of the finest international musicians, such as pianists Ethan Iverson and Barry Harris.
This year’s edition will explore the variety of jazz, from its history to current music trends, with concerts celebrating Bud Powell and bebop and a tribute to italian singer and songwriter Fabrizio De André (who died in 1999) that will include live music, readings and recordings.
All music venues are located in the old town centre of Orvieto: musicians will perform at Mancinelli Theatre, Emilio Greco Museum, Palazzo dei Sette and Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo. Malandrino Bistrot and Al San Francesco restaurants will host jazz lunches combining fine music and tasty local food.
As usual, Umbria Jazz Winter also provides an opportunity for emerging artists to show their talent and, this year, two groups of young musicians will perform on stage: the winners of the 2018’s Conad Jazz Contest and the Berklee/Umbria Jazz Clinics 2018 Award Group.
For full programme and ticket details visit www.umbriajazz.com .