In Umeå you will find a unique scene for jazz and improvised music. This cultural and innovative center in the North of Sweden has over the years produced the highest yield of Jazz Musicians in Sweden. It also has one of the most excellent Jazz Clubs – Umeå JazzStudio – and an extremely devoted audience. Since 1968, the highlight of all Jazz Music events in Sweden is the annual Umeå International Jazz Festival, one of Scandinavia’s oldest and most respectable festivals. Always in the end of October Umeå Jazz Festival is as obvious as “Autumn Leaves”. The recipe for success is a developing continuity in pace with the expanding City of Umeå. This year we celebrate the 50th edition with a highlighted program and a special 50th edition orchestra.