The Cannes of classic jazz in Europe, The most important mainstream event on our continent. Vastly updated by its new 33-year-old Artistic Director Nicolas Gilliet, Jazz Ascona New Orleans and Classics (Ascona, Lago Maggiore, Switzerland) will start right off with a bang. Gilliet's innovations made a hit: more 'black music'; opening up the program to big name USA 'mainstream' players, and a wider billboard reflecting a wise balance between respect-for and reform-of the great jazz tradition. As a result, interest in Jazz Ascona is greater than ever.
Directions: Ascona is located on the shores of beautiful Lake Maggiore, in Canton Ticino, in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland, near the border with Italy. It is 150 km from Milan, Italy, and 200 km from Zurich, Switzerland, and is easily reached by plane (Milano, Zurich Airport), car or train. Ascona is located near the main route connecting the northern and central part of Europe and Italy (Gotthard Route).