Allan Harris / Diana Krall

July 13, Arena Santa Giuliana, Perugia


PROGRAMME:

 

7:00 pm Gates opem
Restaurant & Snack Bar


7:30 pm Restaurant Stage
KOKU GONZA


9:00 pm Main Stage
         

I SET:
ALLAN HARRIS QUARTET


II SET
DIANA KRALL

        w/ ROBERT HURST - KARRIEM RIGGINS
        and very special guest JOE LOVANO

 

ALLAN HARRIS

An old acquaintance of Umbria Jazz, Allan Harris has been one of the most frequent artists at the festival in recent years. Now he returns to Umbria Jazz in the wake of his last album, dedicated to The Genius of Eddie Jefferson, one of the inventors of  “vocalese”. Jefferson, who died dramatically 40 years ago, composed, improvised and sang lyrics for the great jazz instrumental solos, adapting his lyrics to the classics of Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins and Miles Davis. Vocalese is a niche genre, due also to the difficulties involved. Harris does not simply perform a nostalgic operation but injects new life-blood into a vocal style that is part of the history of jazz.

 

Harris became a star after winning the Downbeat critics' referendum in the “Rising Star Jazz Vocalist” category. In America this title is the official consecration of a star, but the audience of Umbria Jazz got there first. Here Harris is well known for having performed many times at both the winter editions in Orvieto and the summer ones in Perugia. A singer and guitarist, this Brooklyn artist represents the quintessence of jazz vocality. His world is that of the crooners, a genre that today is not very prolific, at least at these levels. Harris' style is low-key, never over the top, always elegant. In a word, classic.

 

DIANA KRALL


Diana Krall returns to Umbria Jazz after three years with her trio and with a very special guest, Joe Lovano, one of the greatest saxophonists of contemporary jazz.

The Canadian pianist-singer, today one of the most famous and beloved stars of jazz, will be in Perugia on Saturday, July 13 (9 pm, Arena Santa Giuliana). The last time was in the 2016 edition, a few months after the publication of Wallflower. After that album, in some sense atypical for the choice of material, Krall has gone back to the great American songbook beloved by whoever plays (or sings) jazz. The same that has always embellished her repertoire. This latest album, Love is here to stay, is a series of duets with Tony Bennett, icon of crooners.

Krall's return to Umbria is always an event for the festival audience, who fell in love with her elegant piano touch and warm vocalism almost immediately and who bore witness to the first Italian steps of what was destined to become an amazing career. It was 1996 when Krall performed as artist in residence in a small club named in her honour, Blue Gardenia, as she had just recorded a tribute album to Nat King Cole. It soon became clear that jazz had finally found the worthy heir, in a modern key, of the figure of singer-pianist which had had such illustrious precedents as Carmen McRae, Betty Carter and Shirley Horn.

Since then, Diana Krall has been many other times to Umbria Jazz, which has thus been able to record the different stages of her musical journey. Recording successes, two Grammy Awards (with eight nominations) and other prestigious awards, participation in the most important international festivals are all pieces of an artistic story that is still, after 25 years, in full evolution.