Countries Jazz it up with Major Celebrations

Reed Travel Features

NEW YORK -- What do Eric Clapton, David Sanborn, Herbie Hancock and Earth, Wind & Fire all have in common?

They will be headlining Europe's leading jazz festivals this summer.

Switzerland's 31st annual Montreux Jazz Festival will be in full swing from July 4 to 19.

More than 170,000 people attended this world-famous festival in 1996.

This year, bassist Marcus Miller will perform with the entertainers mentioned.

A free brochure describing the festival is available from Switzerland and includes descriptions of performances, dates, the names of performers, ticket prices and local accommodations packages.

To obtain a copy of the brochure, contact Switzerland Tourism at (212) 757-6944.

The fourth International Istanbul Jazz Festival, from July 7 to 19, will showcase the talents of Wynton Marsalis, Michael Franks and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

For more information, contact the Turkish Tourist Office at (212) 687-2194.

Italy's Umbria Jazz runs from July 11 to 20 in Perugia.

Herbie Hancock, Michael Brecker, John Scofield, Dave Holland and Don Alias will perform on July 12.

On July 13, entertainers will include Miller, Clapton, Sanborn, Joe Sample and Steve Gadd.

In addition to concerts, the festival will include a two-week seminar by professors from Boston's Berkeley Conservatory.

Ciao Travel! in San Diego can arrange an Umbria Jazz package; call (800) 942-2426 for information.

The Miller, Clapton Sanborn, Sample and Gadd combination also will be an attraction at the international jazz festival in the north coast town of Molde, Norway, from July 15 to 20.

Pori, Finland's 32nd annual jazz festival will feature 800 artists playing 150 concerts on 17 stages.

The festival will be held from July 12 to 20.

Audiences can expect to see big names here such as Bobby McFerrin, Earth Wind & Fire, Ray Charles, Ziggy Marley, Don Byron and Brian Setzer.

The outdoor events will take place on the island of Kirjurinluto in the afternoons.

At night, visitors will be able to walk to jazz clubs, lofts and the Cotton Club, a jazz hall that will stay open every night of the festival until 7 a.m.

For more information, contact the Finnish tourist Board at (212) 370-5540.

Spain's International Jazz Festival will be held at San Sebastian, a town on the northern coast.

Tito Puente and Joshua Redman will be among the stars to take the stage from July 24 to 29.

For more information on one-week packages, call Ciao! Travel (See number above).

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