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Umbria Jazz 2011

Various venues, Perugia, Italy; July 8-17, 2011

Marcus Miller pays tribute to Miles at Umbria Jazz 2011
Wayne Shorter pays tribute to Miles at Umbria Jazz 2011
Chihiro Yamanaka at Umbria Jazz 2011

Like any number of annual music festivals that overtake a particular area, Umbria Jazz is after something more than music. The idea is to build a living, breathing community-or maybe to rally the community that’s already there, while bringing a troop of self-selected tourists and jazz enthusiasts into the fold.

Whatever the designs, this 10-day festival injects Perugia’s storied stone streets with a cross-section of jazz and kindred music; along the way, it fills the archaic town with a kinetic vibe.

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