Italian Summer Festival – Perugia celebrates the American music tradition: Umbria Jazz 2014

Musicians playing at the Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia
Musicians playing at the Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia
When we think of jazz music, we usually think of New Orleans or, more generally, of the southern United States where it originated in the late 19th and early 20th century. When we think of jazz in Italy, we also think of the Umbria Jazz Festival.

This musical genre, particularly based on the artists’ talent for improvisation, combines traditional European rhythms with the counter-metric patterns of African music, and features percussion and dancing. Jazz was born from the Blues and influenced by musical forms such as ragtime, with origins in the African American communities originally brought to the U.S. by the Atlantic slave trade.

The abolition of slavery gave a new boost to the spread of jazz across the country and all over the world, incorporating national and local elements, and giving rise to a number of different styles and techniques such as swing.

Read full article published by L’Italo Americano on July 10, 2014 by Silvia Simonetti : http://italoamericano.com/story/2014-7-10/Umbria-Jazz

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