The Empoli Jazz Festival attracts every year hundreds of enthusiasts and is organized by Empoli Jazz in co-production with Music Pool, Network Sonoro, Centro Studi Musicali Ferruccio Busoni.
The city of Empoli
Empoli is a town about 20 kilometres (12 mi) southwest of Florence, to the south of the Arno in a plain formed by the river. The plain has been usable for agriculture since Roman times, so the city has an enduring tradition as an agricultural centre. Empoli is on the main railway line from Florence to Pisa, and is the point of divergence of a line to Siena. It has given its name to a local variety of artichoke. Now the city is very famous for jazz music too.
The Empoli Jazz Festival 2017 edition starts on February 12th and goes on until May, with six dates shared among the Auditorium in Palazzo Pretorio, the La Perla cinema-theatre and the Excelsior theatre. Advance sale available on Ticket Oneand Boxol.
The program in February and March
February 12th – Alessandro Lanzoni 4tet featuring Joe Sanders. A young Italian talent, Lanzoni will perform a set of original compositions and traditional jazz standards.
February 15th – John Scofield 4tet. The famous American artist will perform a concert with revisited jazz standards and pieces from his remarkable repertoire.
March 20th – Roberto Pianca 5tet featuring Glenn Zaleski. Pianca will introduce his first recorded work accompanied by the young American pianist and composer.
The program in April and May
April 4th – Deborah J. Carter Italian 4tet. the American vocalist is joined on this Italian tour by a trio of Italian musicians.
April 30th – Groove&Move with Pasquale Mirra and Gabriele Mitelli. On this occasion the festival moves to the Medici Villa in Cerreto Guidi for the sixth Unesco Jazz Day.
The Empoli Jazz Winter & Spring Festival will have its grand finale on May 24th at the Excelsior Theatre with Noa & Gil Dor. An extremely refined voice will take to the stage with her teacher, arranger and guitarist, to retrace together a 25-year long career.
Article credit: Florence Daily News