Umbria Jazz Festival 2014



Umbria Italy, all of Perugia to be exact, becomes a giant arena for concerts and parades. The entire center of Umbria is filled with the sweet sultry sounds of jazz music, the smell of mouth watering food and the essence of wine. Arguably today no other jazz Festival in the world than the one located in the heart of medieval Italy,Umbria jazz creates so much excitement and power. It becomes a magnet for Jazz lovers and devotees of various types of music. 
It all began in 1973 over 41 years of delightful tunes and happy notes taking its participants on a journey of high spirits. 
Umbria is well known for its wines, its black and white truffles, divine pork dishes and superb savory pork sausages, but jazz has put this beautiful century old city in its fantastic setting of Perugia on the world map for artistry and the world’s best concert. When it comes to music Umbria seems to move aside from its traditional ways and embraces the contemporary. Each July this region hosts this renowned international music festival.

The crowds are intensely awaiting, the emotion is rising and excitement is growing as famous as well as new talented artists perform in this festival of festivals. Drawing some famed artists such as, Duke Ellington, Wynton Marsalis, George Benson, Art Blakey, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Stan Gets, Boby Bergy, Ornette Coleman, Solomon Burke, Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, Tito Puente, the list goes on and on. 
Herbie Hancock who by the way endorses this institution of young and upcoming artists, and the array of talented musicians and artist year after year. Amongst the others, famous bluesmen, as Stevie Ray Vaughn, BB King, Eric Clapton, and the infamous James Brown, have performed. This festival has also been host to numerous non Jazz bands including Santana, sting, Van Morrison, Elton John, and Phil Collins just to name a few. 
By far there is no comparison to any other Jazz Festival on Earth that has this amount of inspiration, culture and character. Definitely Italian!! 
Its charismatic founder,Carlo Pagnotta, places this festival as an endless glow of Hope for the future of Jazz, but not only is that what this event creates merging from history, and profound culture and fine cuisine it is a fine example of success! Engaging joyful encounters with the masses of people who attend and the endless amounts of local destinations to enjoy, making this an inviting event to participate in.
The 2014 Umbria Jazz festival venues are as follows (some are free, mostly the outdoor venues paid concerts are performed within the inside venues)
Arena Santa Giuliana
the Pavone theatre
Oratorio Santa Cecilia
* Piazza IV Novembre
* Carducci Gardens
Palazzo della Penna
* Piazza IV Novembre and Carducci Gardens host a series of free daily concerts with a wider variety of music genres.
Many restaurants, wine bars and pubs host free concerts for their customers. The venues you want to be on the lookout for are as follows:
Bottega del vino (Via Sole, 1).
Cactus Cafe (via Baldeschi 12/a). Jam sessions every night starting at 11pm.
Ristorante La Taverna (Via Streghe, 8).
Elfo’s (Via Sant’Agata).
Trottamundo (Via della Stella). Literary cafe and wine bar, jam sessions starting at 11pm. Plus “spaghettata” (pasta for everyone) at midnight.
Pachamama (via sant’elisabetta, 5). – Jam session starting at 11pm.