The 48th International Jazz Festival of La Spezia is about to begin, with major events of music and literature who take place in the Gulf.
The July 1 begins the International Jazz Festival, which for 48 years has been taking place in La Spezia and is the most traditional international appointment that gathers every year the most important interpreters of the musical genre.
It is no coincidence that La Spezia is home to the Festival, provided that the jazz music scene has always been very lively in the city, especially thanks to the presence of the Sprugolean Jazz band of Nicola Tiberio, founder of the event. The band was born in the 60s in a particularly stimulating and active environment in which it bore the New Orleans repertoire of the ’30s, traveling to play and coming to mingle with some of the most important personalities of the international jazz scene.
Hence the idea to animate the city summer with music of these great interpreters called to play right in the Gulf of Poets, initially in Lerici and then at the Civco Theatre, in the heart of the city.
Great names, over time, passed from here. Among them Bill Evans, Charles Mingus, Art Blakey, Horace Silver, George Coleman, and then Keith Jarrett, Gary Burton, Michel Petrucciani, Franco D’Andrea, Enrico Rava, Massimo Urbani and many others.
To the proud founder of the Festival Tiberio Nicola, so active to organize a great event until his death in 2002, is dedicated a prize during the festival.
For several years some of the Festival evenings are held in Lerici and Portovenere, under the direction of Italo Leali and opening to greater musical contamination and three exceptional readings, with Iaia Forte, Anna Bonaiuto and Beppe Sevillo.
But of course jazz remains the protagonist, with 11 concerts of exception, of which nine are free. To participate in the evenings in Portovenere and Lerici, a free boat service departing at 21:30 and with return at 00:30 will be set up.
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