One of Perugia’s most celebrated events, Umbria Jazz, begins today. Since 1973, jazz lovers from around the world have flocked to this festival, a time when the streets of Perugia vibrate with music and culture from dusk to dawn. This year, students enrolled in Umbra’s Intensive Italian Language through Culture program have the opportunity to partake in the revelry; in fact, one co-curricular activity features an afternoon jazz concert at Bottega di Vino.
Past festivals have featured acclaimed musicians, including Elton John, Van Morrison, James Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, and Sting. This year, the likes of Diana Krall and John Legend will perform during the 9-day festival. In addition to ticketed concerts, the international audience may attend free shows throughout the city. During Umbria Jazz, one can’t walk through the center of Perugia without stumbling upon some tunes.