Roma Jazz Festival is an international event that brings together the idea of jazz as a way of living and the warm-and-friendly Mediterranean atmosphere. Held in the magical Rome, with its incredible Colosseo, it has been an unifying event that has gathered people from all over the world for 35 editions, hosting around 1 million fans and some of the genre’s most famous names. The dates of the 2012 edition are October 12th – November 25th.
Born in ’76 as one of the cultural happenings of the Estate Romana – the Roman Summer – it has quickly become the most important event about jazz held in the Italian capital and one of the most important international festivals. Over the years, Roma Jazz Festival has moved all over the city, looking for the perfect location, the one that could present both visual and musical acts at their best.
Roma Jazz Festival ‘changes clothes’ every edition, bringing a different theme every year. The motto of the 2012 edition is ‘Visual Jazz’ and it aims at underlining the analogies between jazz music and cinema. Offering a wide and ‘interdisciplinary’ number of happenings – concerts, exhibitions, documentaries, cartoons, videos, computer-generated creations and soundtracks performed live – the Italian international festival makes sure that each and every one of its visitors is satisfied.
There is a lot of music, with live performances of big names of international jazz such as headliners Herbie Hancock and JJA Award 2012’s winner Ambrose Akinmusire, tributes to jazz icons – pop icon Joe Jackson‘s tribute to Duke Ellington and ‘Monk ‘n’roll’, Francesco Bearzatti and his Tinissima Quartet tribute to Thelonious Monk – and then there are shows by local musicians like Stefano Bollani and Irene Grandi. Last but not least, IMF’s Neu Jazz. The IMF Foundation, which has a big role in the festival organization, presents a serie of concerts called Neu Jazz – New European Jazz. Planned and produced together with important international jazz associations, embassies and cultural institutions, the project brings the best of emering European jazz musicians into the clubs of the Italian capital. This year the roster of talented rising-stars is composed by young artists from France, Lithuania and Norway.
We could go on writing about this event for ages, but here is a simple advice we want to give you: go and experience the Roma Jazz Festival. Where else can you find jazz in the form of music, cinema and art exhibitions all at once? If you want to live jazz – listen to it, see it and breathe it – Roma Jazz Festival is definitely a good place to start.