As we count down the Fridays until Christmas, the long weeks of November tend to drag by, getting colder and darker with every new morning. It was with this in mind that the Romans decided to move the annual Jazz festival from July to August in 1996. Can there be a better way to pass an autumnal evening than with the soulful sounds of classic rhythmn and blues, and full-throttle jazz as we hurtle towards the depths of winter? Now, the festival is an world-renowned event in the concert calendar. This music isn't the first forte that comes to mind when you consider Italian traditional musical output, but Rome's Jazz Festival has become a prominent player in the festival and concert market.
Concerts are held Auditorium Parco della Musica, during the two-week event, as artists from Italy, Europe and beyond come together to celebrate traditional swing, blues and contemporary jazz. Artists include, US NAVAL FORCE EUROPE JAZZ ENSEMBLE, Fabrizio Bosso, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Anthony Strong and Swing Life Society.
Celebrating its 38th anniversary in 2014, the festival offers an eclectic mix of both traditional and contemporary jazz, as well soul, rhythm and blues and swing. All tastes will be catered for, and there are also dance evenings, dining events and smaller, private shows.
Tickets can be purchased from www.romajazzfestival.it
Viale Pietro de Coubertin, 30, 00196, Rome
Tel: +39 06802 41281