2020 will see the 13th edition of the Festival da Jazz. Let’s take a short trip down memory lane.
The Festival da Jazz wasn’t born out of a consulting concept but out of passion, completely organic. First, there were just a few concerts, and then it started to grow. Here are some of the most important milestones of the festival.
First tentative steps at the Kronenhof’s Wine Cellar with Othella Dallas. We thought it would probably be her last concert. How wrong we were.
A first concert series at the Wine Cellar. Hazy Osterwald plays his last concert ever, together with Dani Felber.
Welcome to the Dracula Club
Rolf Sachs grants asylum to the festival at the Dracula Club. George Gruntz opens the concert series “Jazz & Wine” in this “holy” vault.
Festival da Jazz!
The name “Festival da Jazz” is born. The first real festival. 13 concerts in association with the Kulm Hotel.
26 concerts already. Despite the economic crisis, Lexus comes on board and the Hauser’s Terrace features brunch concerts.
The festival becomes more international. Big acts like “Manhatten Transfer” capture the audience. A perfect mix: Sophie Hunger, Paul Kuhn, Brad Mehldau and many more.
Even More Concerts
Hellmi Beerli enables a concert by Ahmad Jamal – a great moment. And more highlights: Till Brönner, Klaus Doldinger, Al di Meola, Dave Grusin, Lee Ritenour. First “Free Midnight Concerts” at the Miles Davis Lounge.
47 concerts already. Thanks to Franzoli the Brasserie Dracula is a great hit. Spectacular concert moments with Dee Dee Bridgewater, Nigel Kennedy, Richard Galliano, Dianna Reeves and many more.
Up the Mountain
Chick Corea and Al Jarreau honour the festival. For the first time the (meanwhile) very popular Open Air on Muottas Muragl takes place. And in addition: Randy Crawford, Fazil Say, Take 6 and of course Othella Dallas
Artist in residence
Dave Grusin turns 80 and celebrates the occasion with three concerts. Pepe Lienhard crams his big band into the Dracula, and they fit (just). And: Patti Austin, Dave Holland, Jimmy Cliff, Meshell Ndegeocello, Mike Stern, John Scofield
Bobby McFerrin gives lessons instead of singing. Dee Dee Bridgewater and Irvin Mayfield enchant the audience. And Candy Dulfer does it open air, just behind the Dracula.
Altogether 50 concerts. And a novelty: Apero-Concerts on Hauser’s Terrace. Great moments with Iiro Rantala and Ulf Wakenius, with Marcus Miller, Dianne Krall, The Rad Trads and many more.
10 Years Later
For the anniversary, the festival returns to Kronenhof, where it all started, and some other splendid concert venues on a small “tour de charme”.
Lej da Jazz
Norah Jones came around, and Ludovico Einaudi drew a mega-crown to the first ever "Lej da Jazz" concert.
still going strong
Still new stages are being explored. Mystic sounds along Alp Grüm take us along. And always some Helge Schneider at the end.