In 1976, the Roma Jazz Festival was born amidst the ambiance of the "Roman Summer" demonstrations; however, after a few years, the festival took on its own identity in EUR area of Rome, performing on the main staircase of the Palazzo della Civiltà e del Lavoro. Subsequently, the event moved to the Tre Fontane area of Rome upon construction of the Euritmia performance venue. More recently, the festival transferred its location to the Foro Italico near the Roman Tennis Stadium.
In 1996, the festival renewed its identity transforming itself from a summer event to an autumn artistic celebration, bringing back music more suited to listening while also further elevating the musical and artistic talent.
The idea for the "Jazz Labels" project is due to the fortuituous recurrence, in 2009, of several historical anniversaries: 90 years from the first jazz album recorded in Italy, 70 years from the foundation of the American record company Blue Note, 50 years from the release of "Kind of Blue" by the Columbia, the best-selling album in jazz history (about 10 million copies) and, above all, regarded as the greatest jazz album of all time.
Over the years, through the selection of new artist and musicians, the festival has focused on and voiced two central themes: The Great Jazz Cultural Expression of the 900's and Jazz as Ecumenical Music so that, by way of the common language of music, the festival has united humankind around the world.
The Roma Jazz Festival has presented its listeners more than 900 concerts during its 33 annual celebrations, with a total attendance of one million people.
Still today, the artist involved in this festival are among the most revered Italian and International interpreters of this music genre:
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