Winter means the music season for most of Italy. Opera productions and church-sponsored chamber music events are typical fare from Lecco to Lecce at this time of year. But you’ll also find jazz and blues in the mix.

Umbria, which is home to Umbria Jazz, hosts a summer and winter version of its well-regarded festival. Umbria Jazz Winter, known as Umbria Jazz Inverno, takes place in Orvieto and usually runs the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

(Ok…so it’s more like Jazz in December. But I liked the alliteration.)

While several cities in Italy put on annual jazz festivals, only a few (that I know of) take advantage of the long winter nights with performances by internationally-known singers, pianists, saxophonists, and guitar players.

Here’s a sampling:

Last Updated: December 17, 2020

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