Umbria Jazz Fest books 250 concerts

July 5, 2007 at 6:08 PM

PERUGIA, Italy, July 5 (UPI) -- Musicians from all over the United States and Italy are lining up to perform at The Umbria Jazz Festival, the biggest event of its kind in Europe.

Scheduled to kick off Friday with a parade through Perugia, Italy, the festival will feature 250 concerts staged at nine venues throughout the town, the Italian news agency ANSA reported Thursday.

Among those confirmed to perform are the U.S. acts: the Keith Jarrett Trio, the Sonny Rollins Sextet and the Ornette Coleman Quintet.

Also on the bill are Pat Metheney, appearing with Brad Mehldau; a duo performance by George Benson and Al Jarreau; a solo appearance by Dionne Warwick and a group presentation by Sly and the Family Stone.

Italian trumpeter Enrico Rava will be on hand, as will pianist Stefano Bollani and trumpeter Paolo Fresu.

Fans will also be treated to sets by the piano duo Enrico Pieranunzi and Dado Moroni; pianist Renato Sellani with sax player Gianni Basso, trumpeters Flavio Boltro and Fabrizio Bosso, saxophonists Rosario Giuliani and Francesco Cafiso; and piano master Giovanni Allevi.

Information is available at the festival's Web site: http://www.umbriajazz.com/canale.asp.

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