MONTALCINO JAZZ & WINE JULY 2012, UPDATED FESTIVAL PROGRAM



The flyer of the 2012 edition of Jazz & Wine is out and the attentive observer will spot a few changes to the festival's program mentioned at the beginning of June

As announced earlier this month the festival will be opened by American saxophonist Scott Hamilton at Castello Banfi on Tuesday 17th of July. However on Wednesday 18th of July the Israeli Avishai Cohen quartet is being replaced by an evening with Italian jazz and folk musician Nicola Stilo and his band. Flutist and pianist Stilo played with Chet Baker in the 80s, and also toured with singer/songwriter Fabrizio de André, one of the most talented and beloved musicians in Italy in the 20th century.

Reggie Washington is still coming but his gig has been postponed to the 20th of July (instead of the 19th). Sadly we'll have to do without Flavio Boltro this year, but let's hope he and Avishai Cohen are on the list for the 2013 edition. However on the 19th of July fab American trumpeter Tom Harrel and his quintet will be a fantastic add-on to Montalcino's 2012 Jazz&Wine. 


Concerts start at 9.45pm. Ticket price ranges from 10 to 15€ depending on the concert. If you can, come early and taste some of Banfi's Brunello, Supertuscans or sparkling wines whilst having a small bite to eat at the fortress. However make sure you bring a warm jumper and a pair of leggings to wear under that light summer dress for later in the night. It can get cold in Montalcino's fortress even in the middle of July. 

If you are having dinner somewhere else before, you may want to book a table via Montalcino's tourist office (the first rows book out quickly). However, if you can't be bothered the fortress has plenty of space if you don't mind listening to your favorite jazz musician from a bit further away. Bookings via Proloco Montalcino: +39 0577 849 331; info@prolocomontalcino.com


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