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Most visitors to Italy wouldn't expect a vivid jazz scene in a country that is musically known as the birthplace of opera. Verdi yes, but Coltrane? Traveling through Tuscany in the summer one may not be surprised by the region's  classical music festivals - but what about the host of superb jazz festivals:  Jazz & Wine in Montalcino, the Gray Cat Festival on the Tuscan coast and the famous Umbria Jazz in beautiful Perugia, just under an hour from the Tuscan border.  The music scene in Italy 2012  Orbituaries, Opera and Montalcino's Jazz & Wine  If you prefer to jam it yourself, study the program of the Siena Jazz Summer Workshop. The January 2012 edition of Downbeat , the world's most renown jazz magazine, dedicated a whole article to Siena's jazz school and its summer workshops. The article includes am  interview with school director Franco Caroni and international students who studied in the city of the Palio during the last year's su


Siena's fame as an important university city is confirmed during summer. Whilst the Italian students spend the summer back home with their families or chilling on the beach the dormitories of the university and B&B's of the area fill up with students who take advantage of the city's summer studying and master programs.  CLASSICAL MUSIC The Accademia Musicale Chigiana has been hosting a famous Master in Classical music for a long time. Famous musicians of the classical music circuit (e.g. Daniel Barenboim) have been training here in the past. The Chigiana's  Music Master Classes take place in July and August and bring some big names of classical music to town for the Chigiana's   Music Master Classes . JAZZ Siena's Jazz School is the first and only Italian Jazz school so far that offers a Bachelor and Masters in Jazz. The school's firsummer program has been reviewed recently by the Downbeat magazine, also known as the bible of jazz:   Downbeat'