20 July – 3 August 2012 The VENICE JAZZ FESTIVAL opens on 20 July 2012. Organised by Veneto Jazz and boosted by the success of recent years, the event is now in its fifth edition in the Lagoon. Until 3 August 2012, prestigious locations such as the Teatro La Fenice, Teatro Goldoni, the garden of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Punta della Dogana are hosting a rich and selected programme of international concerts, enriched by numerous side events dedicated to music, live music dates and meetings in Campo dell’Erbaria at the Rialto, in the Santa Lucia train station, in the Querini Stampalia Foundation and in the city’s most beautiful spots. Many prestigious events. To name just a few: 27 and 28 July 2012 Venice will be the stage for lively marching bands: at sunset on Friday 27 July 27 on a floating platform in front of Punta della Dogana, Californian singer MZ DEE will be in concert. The Wondrebrass will perform on Friday 27 July at 17:30 at the Santa Lucia Station and on Saturday 28 July 28 at 18.00 on a ferry up to Punta della Dogana. 29 July 2012 Gilberto Gil will perform in the Strings and Rhythm Machines Concert (Teatro La Fenice, 29 July). The legend of bossa nova, leader of a tropicalist movement, and musical and cultural ambassador for Brazil, reinvents himself in a concert for strings that starts with a refined repertory. 31 July 2102 On 31 July, the garden of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection hosts Piano Calling, a solo piano performance by Cesare Picco. 2 August 2012 And then the double concert by pianists Hiromi (piano solo) and the Tord Gustavsen Ensemble (Teatro Goldoni, 2 August). Hiromi Uehara, Japanese pianist and keyboard player who is now American by adoption, is among the most original and eclectic artists of the new generation who, despite starting from the concept of improvisation, does not disdain forays into classical, rock and pop music. He will presents his latest disc, "Place to be", in which he returns to the environment of the piano solo, a musical travelogue through the many places in the world that have left an indelible mark on his creative sensibility.