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2018 Umbria Jazz Lineup Announced

Italian festival celebrates 45th anniversary with eclectic program

Gregory Porter (photo by Erik Umphrey) cover artist of the December 2017 issue of JazzTimes
Gregory Porter (photo by Erik Umphrey)

One of the most beloved events on the European festival circuit, Umbria Jazz, has just announced the lineup for its 45th edition, which will run from July 13 to 22, 2018. As usual, the fest will take place in the city of Perugia, Italy.

A celebration of Quincy Jones’ 85th birthday starts off the festival in the 5,000-capacity open-air Arena Santa Giuliana. In addition to Jones himself, performers will include Erykah Badu, Patti Austin, Take 6, Ivan Lins, Alberto Rodriguez, Peditro Martinez, Paolo Fresu and the Umbria Jazz Orchestra conducted by John Clayton.

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