Europe’s biggest jazz festival, Umbria Jazz, will be held in nine different locations in and around Perugia and will kick off the festivities with a street parade through the Umbrian capital’s historic city centre. Top jazz musicians from the US include Dionne Warwick, who has a solo performance scheduled; Sly and the Family Stone; Pat Metheney; and Brad Mehldau. Italy’s best jazzmen performing in Umbria this year include renowned trumpeters Enrico Rava and Paolo Fresu and internationally acclaimed pianist Stefano Bollani. While many of the festival’s 250 events will be free, most big-name concerts will require tickets. For the first time ever, festival-goers will be able to continue grooving into the wee hours of the night with DJs and live concerts. For more information visit www.umbriajazz.com/canale.asp.