17 July 2010

Umbria Jazz Festival: Sights & Sounds

TONIGHT WE MADE our second trip to Perugia, partly because we wanted to take advantage of the last weekend of the Umbria Jazz Festival. It was such a great atmosphere, with bands playing every 50 meters or so and two large stages with bigger acts playing to huge crowds. A few photos of some of the groups (with perhaps a video to follow tomorrow):

These guys were sort of in the 'Swingers' genre -- down to the plaid shirts.

Not sure how to describe this duo: lots of jazzy versions of Simon & Garfunkel and James Taylor. Odd, but kinda good.

A little sidewalk art.
A great, great band from New Orleans. They paraded the streets for 45 minutes twice a day for 10 days. Crowds loved them.
My favorite street group -- just three guys with guitars playing jazz standards. They were so great!

Tonight's main attraction was Herbie Hancock and Tony Bennett. Tickets were sold out -- plus I'm not sure the kids would have lasted until the wee hours of the morning.

1 comment :

katiez said...

Your Italian summer looks lovely. We're organizing a family reunion near Perugia next May so I'm picking up lots of tips!