HISTORY

1973
1973
23 August: the natural theatre of Villalago di Piediluco, just a short distance from Terni, was the setting for the 1st Umbria Jazz Festival. That...
1974
1974
Free jazz really took off in this second year, and won over the alternative jazz public: it was an immediate success beyond everyone's expectations and many...
1975
1975
This was the year of free jazz, and Umbria Jazz saw the arrival of two musicians who more than any others had helped liberate jazz from the shackles of...
1976
1976
Umbria Jazz explodes. Thousands of young people arrive from all over Italy, accompanied by the tensions animating the country during those difficult years...
1978
1978
After a year's break, Umbria Jazz returned hoping that the public's wild enthusiasm would have loosened somewhat. In an attempt to encourage a more relaxed...
1982
1982
The next "pause for thought" lasted all of three years, but this was enough to transform the face of the festival. In fact, on the one hand Italy itself had...
1983
1983
1983 was the year of the trumpet-players: from Dizzy Gillespie to Frankie Hubbard and V.S.O.P. (the super-band with the famous rhythm of Miles Davis, Herbie...
1984
1984
Terni's Piazza Europa saw the return of large crowds of jazz enthusiasts, with more than ten thousand people turning out to listen to Miles Davis, back...
1985
1985
A miracle was witnessed at Perugia's football stadium: the divine, inaccessible Miles Davis, who loved to play with his back turned on the audience, stepped...
1986
1986
While David Chertok continued to recount the history of jazz and the past masters of the art, the other maestros, those still playing, divided their...
1987
1987
This was the benchmark year for Umbria Jazz in terms of the Festival's appeal, its quality, its ability to combine popularity with exclusivity, with mass...
1988
1988
Gil Evans played an encore in the church of St. Francis, before departing this world, oblivious to his doctors' orders. He is still remembered in his...
1989
1989
This was the year of an incredible Miles Davis. His concert at the Frontone was one of the most moving events of his later years. He really wanted to play,...
1990
1990
The concomitance with the football World Cup meant that the Festival was shortened to just six days from the ten days it usually lasted. The programme began...
1991
1991
The 15th Umbria Jazz Festival witnessed the debut of a jazz great, Ornette Coleman, the father of free jazz, together with his Prime Time electric band, his...
1992
1992
One of the leading lights of many previous Umbria Jazz Festivals, Miles Davis, had also passed away. A superband comprising four-fifths of what had...
1993
1993
To celebrate its twentieth anniversary, Umbria Jazz went back momentarily to its original itinerant format. The cheering crowds of yesteryear had gone, and...
93/94
93/94
There is no doubt about it: trying to repeat the success of the summer Festival with another organised around the New Year was a real gamble (although a...
1994
1994
This was the year that Pat Metheny and Umbria Jazz finally made peace. Highly popular in Italy, Metheny had never appeared at Umbria Jazz due to his...
94/95
94/95
The 2nd UJW took on a more established format, on the back of the feedback and experience of the first.
1995
1995
One of the most memorable events of this Festival was the evening concert by Officium in St. Peter’s Benedictine basilica. The distant, evocative...
95/96
95/96
This time round, Orvieto played host to two bands who had appeared at the more important summer Festival.
1996
1996
1996 witnessed a superb Festival, and it is difficult to say which were the best of the acts that year. The debut at Umbria Jazz of Sonny Rollins, the...
96/97
96/97
The guitar is an instrument well suited to Orvieto: the list of specialists of that instrument who at one time or another have appeared at UJW is a long...
1997
1997
Memories of the 1997 Umbria Jazz Festival are of two events in particular. The first was the little Turrenetta, with the public staying on into the small...
97/98
97/98
A super UJW featuring one of the greatest, most passionate exponents of jazz, the double-bass player Charlie Haden, a member of Ornette Coleman’s quartets...
1998
1998
Umbria Jazz celebrates its twenty-fifth coming, with the return of the Saxophone Colossus, Sonny Rollins, and the presence of two special projects. The...
98/99
98/99
Regardless of how you look at things, Bad Mehldau owes a lot to Umbria Jazz, not only because it helped his career, but also because it permitted him to...
1999
1999
This was a transitional year for the Festival: the great names of jazz begin to be in short supply, and musical contamination seems to be the only way...
99/00
99/00
Cecil Taylor is one of the greatest names in avant-garde jazz. An extreme pianist and ingenious stylist, he is capable of powerful forays into the unknown,...
2000
 2000
Keith Jarrett, the most celebrated of jazz pianists, made his return to Umbria Jazz, after a long period of public inactivity following his contraction of...
00/01
00/01
The first UJW to be held in the new millennium revolved around the fascinating theme of tango, and to offer their interpretation of the many faces and...
2001
2001
Keith Jarrett returned for the second year with his trio featuring Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette: they represented the very best that jazz could offer at...
01/02
01/02
The most entertaining event on the programme was a kind of musical, but with no scenery or costumes, centred on Italian song from the 1930s and ‘40s,...
2002
2002
This year the Festival was dedicated exclusively to jazz, with the decision not to utilize the Frontone, but to use the Morlacchi Theatre and the Turreno...
02/03
02/03
Ahmad Jamal’s chiaroscuro, loud and quiet sounds, the musical storm formed by the voice of Jamal’s little Japanese student Hiromi, the solidity of Mulgrew...
2003
2003
Umbria Jazz celebrated its thirtieth birthday in 2003. A lot of water had flowed under the bridge since the early days, and the Festival had definitely...
03/04
03/04
A pianist capable of enchanting the audience with his masterful command of various different musical genres, his superb playing, at the same time both...
2004
2004
The best thing of the 2004 Festival? Mention has to be made, once again, of the wonderful performance by the Keith Jarrett, Gray Peacock and Jack DeJohnette...
04/05
04/05
The piano confirms its status as an instrument particularly suited to the atmosphere and rules of the Umbria Jazz Festival held in Orvieto
2005
2005
Oscar Peterson, the enormous piano virtuoso, moving around in a wheel chair and attacking the keyboard with a semi-paralysed left hand, portrayed the end of...
05/06
05/06
A Festival dedicated to the memory of three great figures from the history of jazz: Charlie Parker, the high-priest of modern jazz, Django Reinhardt, the...
2006
2006
Umbria Jazz launches the slogan "Italians do it better", endorsing beyond any doubt the rapid rise of Italian jazz. Confirmation of this was provided by the...
06/07
06/07
The exploration of Italian song is another area that UJW has decided to focus on for this specific winter jazz festival.
2007
2007
The year of the insult: “Perugia, damn city” cried Keith Jarrett, a bundle of nerves and bothered by the flashlights and his own coughing, got up and walked...
07/08
07/08
The pairing of jazz with the world of song – almost inevitable when it comes to the programme of a jazz festival – is once again clearly evident at this...
2008
2008
Another birthday: thirty-five years of Umbria Jazz, the perfect occasion to put together a whole host of stars, some of whom had  become almost permanent...
08/09
08/09
This was the year when the bill-topping act failed to make it: the year in which the great, unique, often inaccessible João Gilberto, the father of bossa...
2009
2009
Once again the Festival opened with the music of Stefano Bollani, who by then had come to symbolize the revival of Italian jazz, together with the famous...
09/10
09/10
Django Reinhardt and the guitar represented the dominant theme of this year’s UJW.
2010
2010
Jazz is a musical sphere increasingly imbibed with memories and celebrations. Umbria Jazz was obliged to follow suit, and so it was that Umbria Jazz 2010...
10/11
10/11
Chick Corea-Stefano Bollani: there is even a record called, unsurprisingly, Orvieto. The meeting between one of the most important modern jazz pianists and...
2011
2011
The irresistible, intolerant, genial Prince glides into Perugia with his own excursus into the heart of music, characterised by the singer's imagination and...
11/12
11/12
That part of this year’s programme dedicated to the memory of past masters, commemorated the thirty years since the passing away of the great Thelonius...
2012
2012
A great Festival inevitably has a long memory, and Umbria Jazz has got a lot to remember from its distant and more recent past. Sting takes us back to a...
12/13
12/13
A true festival of song, with two concerts to the fore.
2013
2013
The 40th Anniversary of Umbria Jazz approaches with a lineup that promises a festival with the best of Italian and international jazz.From the 5th to the...
13/14
13/14
The stage is set for the twenty-first edition of Umbria Jazz Winter in Orvieto: five days of music, from 28 December to 1 January, with over one hundred...
2014
2014
Umbria Jazz has become a point of reference in the world of music and music festivals. It is also widely held to be Italy's finest music festival and one of...
14/15
14/15
The stage is set for the twenty-second edition of Umbria Jazz Winter in Orvieto: six days of music, from 27 December to 1 January, with over one hundred...
2015
2015
Over 200 events spread over ten days from 10-19 July and on six stages  (plus a preview on 9 July): music in the historic centre from noon to the wee small...
15/16
15/17
Umbria Jazz Winter #23 includes: a tribute to Frank Sinatra on the centenary of his birth; the songs of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones reinterpreted for...
2016
2016
16/17
16/17
Jazz in the festive season means above all Umbria Jazz Winter, which will be bringing great jazz to the historic centre of Orvieto from 28 December to 1...
2017
2017
In an intense year for UJ,  Umbria Jazz 17 remains at the heart of this year’s events.