It was the number 45.
Forty-five years of music of the highest level, avant-garde, great shows, memorable names and concerts that have marked the history of music of our region.
The numbers concerning this edition are clear: over a million euros receipted, 35,000 spectators, 10 days (from morning to night) of 500 artists in the various locations. The event opened with the evening with the celebration of the 85th anniversary of Quincy Jones, the Lord of music, one of the greatest producers ever existed, (produced Michael Jackson for example). Some friends and discoveries has celebrated the anniversary – such as Dee Dee Bridgewater, Noa, Patti Austin, Take6, Alfredo Rodriguez and Paolo Fresu, just to name a few …
The program has given some latin sonority like Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil, the great Pat Metheny and an italian artist famous all over the world: Stefano Bollani. Great success nights, like the one in which Massive Attack performed in an engaging show, strongly political and with a visual and sound impact, which won over the storm …
They have given a big importance to the jazz with established stars and top artists: from Paolo Fresu to Gianluca Petrella from Stefano Battaglia to Claudio jr De Rosa, from the guitar Yamandu Costa and Guto Wirtti to Kurt Elling to Daniele Di Bonaventura, from Antonello Salis to Danilo Rea.
We’d like to remember the space reserved for young talents who, during every edition, have amazed and conquered the Umbria Jazz audience.
A succession of concerts and emotions in beautiful and to be discovered locations, including theaters, clubs and stages located in various points of the city which becomes a great temple of music and sounds for the event.
In short, it has been an edition to be archived among the greatest successes ever. The Festival is growing and evolving. It has returned to involve also Terni (where Umbria Jazz was born in 1973) during the spring, in addition to the Christmas edition of Orvieto.
From that moment, the magic exploded on the stage and an unique personality in a “magical” aura, inexplicable in words but perceptible in its presence, hit the arena.