The one that will take place from 7 to 29 July, with the auspicious title “Blue Skies”, will be a Bologna Jazz Festival in a completely new form, starting from the summer period (although we are already working on the new 2021 edition in autumn), to continue with the concert locations, which will no longer be the main city theaters but open spaces. In this way, the BJF is able to get back in touch with its audience, compensating for the canceled edition due to the pandemic last October-November.
The contents are perfectly in tune with the tradition of the festival, even if the foreign guests will inevitably be limited in number (Erik Truffaz, John Patitucci) and jazz will mainly speak Italian: Fabrizio Bosso, Pasquale Mirra and Gianluca Petrella, Roberto Gatto, Enrico Rava and Andrea Pozza, Piero Bittolo Bon, the Macks.
Meanwhile, the festival is also already working on the new 2021 edition, scheduled where and how it should be, at the beginning of next autumn.
Jazz at DumBO
The bulk of the Bologna Jazz Festival summer program will take place in DumBO, one of the most representative contexts of the cultural life of the Bolognese summer. Five concerts will be held here, created in collaboration with DumBO, which will involve leading players in national and regional jazz.
The first appointment at DumBO will be on July 8 with the Spiritual Trio by trumpeter Fabrizio Bosso: a journey to rediscover the roots of black music, in which jazz disappears leaving ample space for spiritual, gospel and soul.
Jazz and historical memory
For some years now, the Bologna Jazz Festival has been contributing with its musical advice to the activities of “Around the museum”, which commemorate the Ustica massacre, whose forty-first anniversary falls this year. For this occasion the trumpeter Enrico Rava and the pianist Andrea Pozza were invited to perform. Rava is the dean of national jazz, first champion of the most libertarian jazz, then grandmaster of the most skilfully structured jazz. The duo sees him in the company of one of the many talents he has launched over the course of his career. The concert, organized in collaboration with the Association of Relatives of the Ustica Massacre, will take place on 29 July in the space in front of the Museum for the Memory of Ustica (Parco della Zucca), a few steps from the remains of the DC-9 which fell in 1980. : an evocative context with a profound meaning that will contribute to amplify the emotional significance of the music.
Jazz at CUBO LIVE
With CUBO LIVE, the new review of live shows promoted by CUBO, the business museum of the Unipol Group, the summer BJF will go away from the city: Villa Zarri in Castelmaggiore (BO) will host both appointments, starting with that of July 7, which also stands out as the first date of the festival calendar. On this occasion we will listen to the quartet of French trumpeter Erik Truffaz, one of the most authoritative prosecutors of the musical lesson on electric jazz from the point where Miles Davis left it: a melting pot of fusion, hip hop, acid jazz, ambient, house with the voltmeter always at maximum.
On the 15th, acoustic jazz will respond by playing the big voice with the trio of double bass player John Patitucci, a band to be archived under the all stars voice being completed by Chris Potter on tenor sax and Brian Blade on drums. Three of the most representative artists of the A series of jazz: to put together their collaborations, an encyclopedia of modern improvised music would emerge.
(Press release Bologna Jazz Festival Press Office)