The Umbria Jazz winter festival started yesterday and marks a few days of magic winter time in the region. Orvieto is hosting this year’s winter jazz festival, held until January 2nd, with two major events taking place. The first is a New Year’s Eve midnight concert and the second is a New Year’s Day gospel choir concert. The other days mark various concerts and events in different locations around the town.
We’ll take it as a kind of warm up to the 2011 Umbria Jazz Festival to take place in summer. It will go from July 8 to 17 and will feature the usual international and local acts. Performers at the winter event include Stefano Bollani and Chick Corea, Ray Anderson, Danilo Rea and more. And obviously, in addition to the music, you can enjoy the great Umbrian wine and food on offer. See the Umbria Jazz website for more.
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The city of Vasanello, in the province of Viterbo, Lazio, had its period of splendour in the 15th century, during the times of the marriage between Giulia Farnese and Orsino Orsini. The real gem of the town is the 13th century castle, with its square angles and cylindrical towers which belonged to the Orsini and then to the Colonna. The rooms hold a beautiful collection of ceramics, and even the medieval garden is worth a visit. Little alleys give glimses of the romantic churches of Santa Maria Assunta and San Salvatore.
In Piazza Ortaccio, from today and for the next three days, the Ortaccio Jazz Festival will take place, if you’re looking for something smaller than the big sister, Umbria Jazz Festival. Organised by the cultural association “Messico e Nuvole”, the event will include appearances from artists such as Rosario Giuliani, Fabiana Rosciglione, la The Old Circus Jazz Band and Rita Marcotulli
The OJ festival for 2008 also includes a special section dedicated to literature and “books in jazz”.
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Sonny Rollins, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny & Gary Burton, Alicia Keys, Cassandra Wilson, Caetano Veloso, Carla Bley, Charlie Haden, Brad Mehldau, R.E.M. and local representatives Enrico Rava, Stefano Bollani, Paolo Fresu and Mario Biondi, are just some of the names present for the 35th Umbria Jazz festival taking place from July 11 to 20 in Perugia.
Event locations include the Arena Santa Giuliana, in the open, and the Teatro Morlacchi and Teatro Pavone for purists of acoustics. This festival includes a mammoth 250 events, so there should be plenty to choose from for fun.
Go to the official site for more information, while after the jump you can check out last year’s video.