Extimated event date: Luglio 2018
Loc. PERUGIA - UMBRIA
38 Km from VACANZE VALDIPETRINA
Altitude: 429 mt. a.s.l. Area Deruta, Papiano, Assisi
The 23 August 1973 was staged the first concert. Music in the natural theater of Villalago Piediluco very close to Terni. The program included the Aktuala, a group long gone (with the benefit of hindsight, it seems their world music) and the orchestra maistream of Thad Jones and Mel Lewis. The first edition included three nights, two to Perugia and Gubbio, but was eliminated by the rain. In Perugia, in the Piazza IV Novembre, they made their debut Italian Weather Report, and did much to discuss the performance of free-esoteric Solar Arkestra Sun Ra. It soon became evident that it was a good idea, as testified to the great success, despite a rough promotion. In fact the gestation of the project was fast: from vision to concrete realization passed few months. Umbria Jazz was born in a cafe, now closed, the historic center of Perugia. For some time, Carlo Pagnotta, trader Perugia jazz fan and long-time frequenter of the biggest festivals in Europe, dreamed of a festival in his home. He spoke with two prominent members of the then newly formed Region of Umbria (both would later become presidents) that showed to like the idea and involved their colleague to tourism. It was drawn up an artistic program of mass with the intervention of Alberto Alberti, then the main manager of the Italian jazz musicians, and the proposal went in the bargain. It was approved.
Cities and squares of Umbria in the days of Umbria Jazz, crowd. In some cases even the musicians have had difficulty in reaching the place where they have to play; even the orchestra of Count Basie got stuck in the traffic of the spectators.
The year 1976 saw the stage George Coleman, Art Blakey and Dizzy Gillespie. In this period in Umbria comes a lot of people and a part of the public, highly politicized, it tends to create problems of various kinds: in Italy are so-called years of lead.
Even the music was saved: they booed great artists like Chet Baker and Stan Getz, white and middle class. Equally on, of course, was the comparison between the local political forces and in cultural circles. To avoid any risk, the organizers called off the 1977 edition.
After much controversy, in 1978 he returned to reorganize the festival, with a formula that tries in vain to limit the influx of spectators every evening they went on stage two concerts in different cities.
The festival thus became unwieldy. Edition of 1978 not more followed until 1982. It served a pause for reflection.
The event was revived in 1982 with many changes and regional authorities and tourism promotion not enter more in the management. She introduced, for the first time, the entrance ticket for the concerts most important. In the early days there was reference to the structure of ARCI, an associative reality at the time very strong in Umbria. In 1985 the Association was born Umbria jazz, non-profit organization, which manages the brand Umbria Jazz, owned by the Region, which operates since then the festival in all its aspects (formula, artistic choices, organization, logistics, sponsorships).
Some years later, by the Region, he was born the Fondazione Umbria Jazz, which has the task of ensuring the financial resources of the public. The current president of the Foundation is Renzo Arbore, while Carlo Pagnotta (one of the originators of the event) it is artistic director.
The second feature of the new UJ is the permanence: it is no longer a touring festival, but is only held in Perugia. Indeed, in the early years, we try the experience of the decentralization, with poor results: the festival takes place almost everything in Perugia, with some concerts but held in Terni, Narni, Orvieto, Foligno, Gubbio, Citta' di Castello and Assisi.
The recovery of the festival was held in a circus tent in the area of Pian di Massiano (near the stadium), well away from the historic center, a kind of confinement because the problems of the seventies had not been forgotten.
Evening concerts are held in the gardens of the Pediment; among the artists we can mention Sonny Rollins, Randy Crawford, Michel Petrucciani, Phil Collins, Al Jarreau and Keith Jarrett.