UJ22: the lineup of the Arena Santa Giuliana ends with Gilberto Gil, Marisa Monte, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Incognito, The Comet is Coming, Cory Wong, Herbie Hancock. Tickets will be available at 11 am.
Brazil is the main protagonist of July 9 with two great artists: Marisa Monte and Gilberto Gil. Marisa Monte, a singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist from Rio de Janeiro, is considered the most beautiful voice of her generation in the crowded field of Brazilian popular music. Many people think she is the heir of Elis Regina and Gal Costa. She won four Latin Grammys and earned a transversal following with her virtuous combination of samba and popular song with soul, funk, and pop. In this year’s tour, Gilberto Gil is surrounded by children and nephews who are musicians, singers, composers, and arrangers. The Bahian artist is not only a myth of Brazilian popular music – he helped to bring this genre to excellent artistic levels – but a music legend in the world. Gil managed to merge the rich traditions of his country (especially the ones of Bahia) with the African roots, which are very deep in Bahia, and the new sounds (rock, pop, and reggae).
July 12: Dee Dee Bridgewater’s return to Umbria Jazz is always a feast. Dee Dee is part of the Festival’s history and vice versa: in 1973, she was a young singer who performed at the opening concert of the first edition of Umbria Jazz with the formidable Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra. At that time, nobody could have imagined that she would become a star and a winner of three Grammys and a Tony Award. Dee Dee is an artist who is equally at home in giving concerts or performing theatrical plays, an activist for civil rights, and an Ambassador for the Food and Agriculture Organization. Bridgewater will share the stage with Incognito. With a career spanning more than forty years and about twenty albums to its credit, Incognito is still a landmark and a cornerstone of the British and global acid jazz scene.
July 13 will be the turn of a band with cosmic-jazz pioneers Sun Ra and his Arkestra as myths: The Comet is Coming. This original band of sound explorers in the seething cauldron of the contemporary London scene performs an explosive fusion of nu jazz, psychedelic rock, electronica, funk, and afrobeat. On the same night, Cory Wong: an American guitarist, bassist, songwriter, producer, and podcast host. Multiple influences mix in his music background: jazz, rock, soul, funk.
An absolute music legend of the last six decades returns to Umbria Jazz on July 14 after a few years (the last time was a piano duo with Chick Corea). The word “icon” is often used in show business. However, most of the time, it is misused. No doubt for Herbie Hancock. The Chicago-based artist, 81 years old today, crossed genres and styles – by playing a leading role – as a performer, composer, arranger, producer, talent scout, inventor of new trends, and influencer for more than a generation of musicians.
Among the protagonists of the main stage, Samara Joy & Pasquale Grasso Trio will open the concerts on July 16 and 17 (Tom Jones and Jeff Beck), while Pedro Martins will open on July 15 (Diana Krall). Moreover, Accordi Disaccordi with Anais Drago will perform at the Restaurant Stage of the Arena every evening at 7.30 pm.
The full festival program will be available on May 18.