Umbria Jazz Festival 2017

Festival dates: 7th to 16th July 2017

The Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia is one of the world’s most important jazz festivals and attracts iconic artists from across the globe, including Jamie Cullum, the Wayne Shorter Quartet and Brian Wilson. It is a particularly vibrant time to visit Perugia, when you can get a full appreciation of this small town’s music scene.

The Umbria Jazz Festival dates back to 1973; however, in the early days, the organisers were not expecting the event to be as popular as it turned out to be and, between 1977 and 1981, logistical and organisational problems meant that, some years, the festival could not take place.

Today, with improved organisation thanks to the Umbria Jazz Association, the festival takes place annually over 10 days during the month of July, with concerts being held at the Arena Santa Giuliana, the Pavone theatre, Oratorio Santa Cecilia, Piazza IV Novembre and the Carducci gardens. Although many of the main shows are held in Perugia, several events during the festival are held in the towns around Perugia, such as in Todi and Gubbio, giving visitors the opportunity to experience some of Umbria’s hidden gems that lay off the tourist track.


Shows at the 2017 Umbria Jazz Festival

Below, you can find a list of the confirmed acts at the Umbria Jazz Festival in 2017 and the festival dates. All listed shows start at 9pm (local time).

7th July            

Kraftwerk 3D Concert

8th July

Jamie Cullum, supported by Lettuce

10th July

Dee Dee Bridgewater, supported by Ladies!

11th July

Enrico Rava with the Tomasz Stanko 5et European Trumpet Legends, and Fabrizio Bosso with the Paolo Silvestri Orchestra

12th July

Hiromi Duet featuring Edmar Castaneda, and Angelique Kidjo

14th July

Wayne Shorter Quartet with the Orchestra da Camera di Perugia

15th July

Brian Wilson


Thanks to the popularity of the main Umbria Jazz Festival there is now also a winter jazz festival in Orvieto and there are additional concerts that take place around Umbria during the spring months. If you are thinking about visiting one of the Umbria Jazz Festivals and would like one of our travel experts to put together a tailor-made quote for you, please complete an online enquiry form and we will get back to your as soon as possible with a tailor-made Italy jazz festival package.

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