Postcard from Ferrara, Italy: Ancient tower rehabbed as intimate jazz venue

The Torrione San Giovanni once was part of the system of protective walls encircling Ferrara. The 500-year-old brick tower was rejuvenated in 1999 as a club for jazz. The nonprofit Jazz Club of Ferrara now presents a season of 50 concerts in the circular venue from October through April.

We were fortunate to catch the Marco Colonna Trio there, with Colonna on tenor sax and clarinet, Fabio Sartori on organ and piano and Claudio Stroli on drums.

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