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Anfiteatro Jazz Festival 2016: the countdown is finally over

The countdown is finally over and the new edition of Anfiteatro Jazz Festival is just about to start in one of the most beautiful Lucchese squares. The festival, with Renzo Cresti as artistic director, will take place from Friday 3 June to Sunday 5 June, and is organized by the cultural association Music & More together with the Town of Lucca. The concerts – spanning swing, standard and tango – will take place at 7.30 pm for local groups, and at 10.00 pm, featuring international renowned jazz musicians. All the concerts are free.

The opening concert Sì viaggiare, omaggio a Lucio Battisti (7.30 pm on Friday 3 June), is a jazz reinterpretation of the songs by Italian singer and songwriter Lucio Battisti, with Terry Horn, Mara Mazzei and Matteo Giusti (voice), Simone Giusti (piano and keyboard), Alessandro Nottoli (bass), Giampiero Morici (guitar) and Alessandro Pellegrini (drums). Swing night follows (10 pm on Friday 3 June) with the Big Band Pisa Swing Catsled by clarinetist Nico Gori. On Saturday 4 June at 7.30 pm the Gruppo Mediterraneo – with Giulio D’Agnello (voice and guitar), Alessandro Solinas (bass) and Diego Guarino (percussions) – will dedicate the evening to recently deceased Neapolitan singer and songwriter Pino Daniele. This well-established and much appreciated group has a long history of modern reinterpretations of popular music. Still on Saturday, at 10 pm a Tango Suite concert will follow, with the Donatella Alamprese Ensemble, an outstanding interpreter of tango music coming straight from her Japanese tour.

On Sunday 5 June, at 7.30 pm, the grand finale will start with a tribute to Chet Baker and Stan Getz by the Igor Palmieri Quintet. We should expect a great evening with famous standard jazz pieces. The music will continue at 10 pm with the Denia Ridley Italian Quintet.
Denia, a renowned American singer on tour in Italy, will be accompanied by Daniele Gorgone on the piano, Giampaolo Bertone on the double-bass, Giovanni Paolo Liguori on the drums and Stefano Guazzo on the sax. The concert will be a cross-cultural journey among various jazz styles. You will have plenty of time to get a suntan in the forthcoming weeks. Forget about that on the first weekend of June and enjoy good music in the wonderful Piazza Anfiteatro, maybe sipping a glass of wine or having a nice dinner – or even better, just sitting and relaxing.

by Chiara Calabrese

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