Non-stop jazz from mid-day to past midnight is the formula for this famous festival. Events take place in bars, restaurants, museums, courtyards and squares, and for ten days Perugia is synonymous with jazz played by and for all ages and all nationalities. This year, the festival kicks off on 10 July with a football match between Italian jazz singers and Italian jazz musicians to raise funds for medical research.
Italian jazz pianist Stefano Bollani plays on the Arena S. Giuliana on 15 July and the concluding day on 20 July is dedicated Italian jazz and Armando Trovajoli, Italian composer of film music and pianist, a year after his death. The same evening features great voices of jazz Take 6, Al Jarreau and Mario Bondi.
This year the festival has a new logo, designed by Riccardo Pierassa, selected in conjunction with the Nuovo Istituto Design di Perugia, a big change from the previous distinguished yellow and black insignia.
For the fifth consecutive year Umbria Jazz also boasts of being a “green” festival using 100 per cent renewable energy sources.