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Giuseppe Mormile

President of Veneto Jazz and artistic director of Venezia Jazz Festival

Giuseppe Mormile, born in 1959, is the founder and president of Veneto Jazz since 1988, a leading association in Italy for the organization of music events. He is the artistic director of Veneto Jazz, one of the most important series of jazz, world and contemporary music, that during the last few years has hosted important stars of the international music scene. He is also the artistic director of the Venezia Jazz Festival, one of the most important festivals on the international scene, which takes place in the heart of the city of Venice. In 1981 he created the Summer Jazz Workshop, one of the European references for jazz training, which has already reached its 22nd edition. He is an expert of jazz and contemporary music and is considered one of the most well known Italian promoters. He is a consultant for the Veneto Region, for different public administrations and for private foundations regarding jazz music.


Veneto Jazz is one of the most known association in Italy as regards planning and directing prestigious music events and performances. From 1988 it organizes the Winter Session and the Summer Session of Veneto Jazz with the partecipation of the greatest international artists, proposing a journey through theaters in the region and producing more than 100 concerts in 40 different cities.

The major centers are Padova, Marostica, Castelfranco Veneto, Noale, Verona, where the Veneto Jazz is offering a series of annual events dedicated to jazz music and its contamination.

Supported by the Veneto Region and the Ministry of Heritage and Culture, Veneto Jazz has established itself as one of the most qualified promoters among Italian festivals, producing high-quality events with huge media coverage.

The most important recent music events in the region, as the Keith Jarrett concerts  at the Arena di Verona (2004) and  Teatro La Fenice in Venice (2006) have been organized by Veneto Jazz.

From 1992 Veneto Jazz organizes the Summer Jazz Workshop with the exclusive collaboration of the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City, an international seminar on jazz, involving young musicians from all over the world. The workshop is based in Chioggia, near Venice.


Venezia Jazz Festival, scheduled for the second half of July, is one of the most important festivals of the Italian music scene, combining a rich and exclusive programming with the extraordinary beauty of the location. Hosted in a town where every event becomes an unforgettable experience, the program consists of  a series of prestigious concerts in Piazza San Marco, the Doge’s Palace, Teatro La Fenice, but also in wonderful places as the major museums (Palazzo Grassi, Punta della Dogana, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Fondazione Querini Stampalia) and other attractive and popular locations as the  Rialto Bridge area and the different “Campo” of the city.

Established in 2008, the festival hosts every year  world-renowned artists  (Bobby McFerrin, Paolo Conte, Norah Jones, Pat Metheny, Wynton Marsalis, Sting with the Symphony Orchestra of Teatro La Fenice, Cesaria Evora , Paco De Lucia, Gilberto Gil, just to name a few) with great success in terms of audience: a unique city where you can experience and listen to the best of national and international jazz, together with the opportunity to discover new bands and new talents, that often perform  in many venues of the festival for free.

Literature lectures with music performances, live aperitifs at Rialto, jazz lunch & dinner in clubs or restaurants, concerts in the city museums: Venezia Jazz Festival is not only music events and entertainment, but also art, literature, photography.

This is certainly one of the highlights worldwide jazz festivals, a fascinating journey through different contemporary languages and a unique opportunity to live the city, by following the several proposals.

The festival is organized by Veneto Jazz in collaboration with the Veneto Region and the City of Venice.