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  • TORINO JAZZ FESTIVAL 2020: THE PROGRAM

    On july 24, a press conference unveiled the program for Part 1 of Torino Jazz Festival 2020. Mayor Chiara Appendino and councilwoman Francesca Leon, who heads the city’s culture sector, both expressed their satisfaction in a year that has proved complex for live music. This year’s program, under the supervision of artistic directors Diego Borotti and Giorgio Li Calzi, serves up a rich selection of performances, featuring 10 evening concerts, August 21-30, on the main stage at Combo, on Corso Regina Margherita. Opening night: a quartet from Sardegna led by Enzo Favata, a musician who’s brought the poetry of Italian jazz to the world. Followed by all-star percussionist Manu Katché, who once played with Peter Gabriel and Dire Straits. Another drummer, Roberto Gatto, presents his project dedicated to Pasolini, featuring acclaimed Italian actor Valerio Mastandrea. A tribute to Charlie Parker, for the 100th anniversary of his birth, sees the participation of high-power saxmen like Francesco Cafiso, Mattia Cigalini, and Jesse Davis.   From France: avant-garde guitarist Marc Ducret and Souad Alsa, with music that spotlights his North African roots. We wind things down (or up?) with a performance by big-name Italian jazz artists Enrico Rava and Gianni Coscia, performing together. Plus Paolo Fresu with Daniele di Bonaventura, and Daniele Sepe, with guests Hamid Drake and Roy Paci. Download the complete program or check out the schedule of events posted on our website.

  • THE EIGHTH EDITION OF THE TORINO JAZZ FESTIVAL HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED, WITH TWO INSTALLMENTS SLATED FOR AUGUST 21-30 AND DATES IN OCTOBER STILL TO BE CONFORMED

    Great jazz returns to Torino with the city’s renowned jazz festival.

    As a result of the shutdown sparked by the Coronavirus pandemic, the City of Torino initially rescheduled the TJF, moving the dates from April to October. More recently, the festival’s artistic directors, Diego Borotti and Giorgio Li Calzi, convinced that music never stops and longing to move forward, made the decision to reschedule the festival in two installments. One will be held later this summer, and the other will be held this fall.

    The first installment is slated for August 21-30 with a program that features ten high-quality evening concerts. The second installment gets underway in October, serving up 30 concerts staged in a dozen jazz clubs and other venues that for many years have kept the jazz scene in Torino thriving.

    Despite the obvious logistic difficulties posed by the pandemic, the 2020 TJF will continue the festival’s tradition of artistic richness with original productions, big names in Italian jazz and a host of artists from the international jazz scene.

    The summer installment, whose program is still under construction, will feature outdoor performances held in the courtyard of the Combo hostel complex (the former site of the Porta Palazzo fire station) on corso Regina Margherita, as part of the list of local summertime events in the Torino a cielo aperto series. It goes without saying that all necessary precautions, including social distancing, will be strictly enforced at all performances.


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