The 18th Villa Celimontana Jazz Festival, the most important Jazz festival in Rome, will take place in the green park of Colle Celio, a beautiful historical landscape surrounded by the ruins of Colle Palatino, the remains of Nerone's aqueduct and the Baths at Caracalla.
The festival opens on 1st July and goes on until 4th September, with a lot of interesting shows, among them: "Piano Players From NY", "Tango in Villa", "Latin Jazz", "Django Jazz" (three days dedicated to Django Reinhardt's music, on the occasion of his 100th anniversary) and "Donne di Jazz", which presents a female point of view on jazz.
The aim of this festival is to talk about jazz and its world, through voices like the ones of Rachel Gould, Maria Pia De Vito, Denise King.
The program is full of interesting events, just to mention a few: Alessandro Haber's readings on 11th July, Toquinho on 31st July, Enrico Rava and Stefano Bollani on 6th August, Fabrizio Bosso and Javier Girotto on 5th August, Roberto Gatto on 21st August and many others. Some evenings will be dedicated to music schools and poetry as well.
Among the side events, we can mention the "Book square", together with photo exhibits, shows and illustrators. During the traditional after-festival - from midnight on - you can listen to other music for free.
Jazz is not the only protagonist at Villa Celimontana Jazz Festival: some moments will be dedicated to pop music, like Malika Ayane's concert on 4th July and the blues quartet with Federico Zampaglione from the band Tiromancino on 4th Setptember.