Winter means the music season for most of Italy. Opera productions and church-sponsored chamber music events are typical fare from Liguria to Lecce, but you’ll also find jazz and blues in the mix. Umbria, which has been home to Umbria Jazz and Umbria Jazz Winter for about a decade, is also host to Terni in Jazz, a festival that keeps central Italy humming until spring.
While several cities in Italy put on annual jazz festivals, only a few (that we know of) take advantage of the long winter nights with performances by internationally-known singers, pianists, saxophonists, and guitar players. Here’s a sampling: