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Montreux Jazz Festival 2020 Cancelled

"This year's Montreux Jazz Festival, which was set to take place from July 3 to 18, has been cancelled" announced Press Officer Marc Zendrini. Montreux Jazz Festival has regretfully announced that this year's event, which was due to be held between July 3—18th 2020, will not take place. The program planned for this summer will be ...

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Montreux Jazz Festival 2019

Read "Montreux Jazz Festival 2019" reviewed by Martin McFie

Montreux Jazz Festival Montreux, Switzerland June 28 to July 13, 2019 Montreux Jazz festival began in 1967, driven by the vision of Claude Nobs in collaboration with Geo Voumard, Rene Langel, and the Office of Tourism in their hometown Montreux, on Lake Geneva. This year 2019, was the 53rd edition. ...

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Silvan Zingg

The international press calls him: "The Boogie Woogie ambassador from Switzerland". “Silvan plays as if he were from St. Louis – he could be my blues brother!” said Rock 'n' Roll legend Chuck Berry enthusiastically about his pianist. Influenced by vintage recordings, Silvan Zingg started to play the piano in early childhood. He studied piano and trombone (each 6 years). After his graphic designer studies he started a professional musician career. Already at the age of 18 he performed at the Masters of Boogie Woogie Night in Charleston, South Carolina. Today he is one of the most successful jazz and blues pianists in his country and he is the promoter and organizator of the annual International Boogie Woogie Festival in Lugano, Switzerland, where he presents world-class artists during 3 days. Silvan Zingg appeared and performed on stage with legends like Chuck Berry and B

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Take Five with Christoph Irniger

Read "Take Five with Christoph Irniger" reviewed by Christoph Irniger

About Christoph Irniger: Christoph Irniger, born 1979, is a Swiss saxophonist, composer and bandleader. According to the Sunday edition of the Neue Zuercher Zeitung he is “undoubtedly one of the greatest talents of his generation." In recent years, Irniger has made a name for himself in a range of line-ups, playing jazz, rock and ...

Cowboys from Hell

"This music that is always able to scare your grandmother, but also tells stories that are worth being told." Rolf Thomas, Jazzthetik DE This fall the Switzerland based band Cowboys from Hell present their third album “Running Man”. The Cowboys show much more variety in their music than their name may suggest. They create a musical hurricane out of funk-grooves, then rock riffs or electronics. You are reminded of Frank Zappa and Rage Against The Machine – you recognize influences of Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin and hear quotes from Jazz and Pop – or you might even think of movie soundtracks. Over the years the trio has gone through a surprisingly multi-faceted development

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Christoph Irniger

Christoph Irniger, born 1979, is a Swiss saxophonist, composer and bandleader. According to the Sunday edition of the Neue Zürcher Zeitung he is “undoubtedly one of the greatest talents of his generation.” In recent years, Irniger has made a name for himself in a range of line-ups, playing jazz, rock and related musical styles. As a musician from a generation which likes to work on multiple projects in eclectic styles, he leads a range of outfits, all distinct and surprising musically. The Swiss magazine Jazz ’N‘ More writes: “He comes up with something new each time by leaving the beaten tracks of sound

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Reto Anneler

Reto Anneler studied jazz at the conservatories of Lucerne and Amsterdam with Nathanael Su, Tineke Postma and Kurt Rosenwinkel. As a sought-after sideman and specialist for woodwinds of all kinds, he is a member of a wide range of international projects: Lead-Alto of the Zurich Jazz Orchestra, Swiss Jazz Orchestra, Keller's <10>, Sinatra Tribute Band and Peter Eigenmann/Ken Cervenka Nonet. Reto Anneler received the Erasmus scholarship for Amsterdam in 2003, attended Dave Liebman’s international jazzmeeting IASJ in Krakow and was "Pro Argovia Artist" in 2010. Reto Anneler’s new project - Stille Post - unites four distinctive and formative characters of the Swiss music scene

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Thomas Lüscher

Pianist and Composer based in Aarau, Switzerland. Educated in classical and improvised music, he is and has been performing with Tiger Okoshi, Lionel Loueke, Frank Möbus, Oscar Stagnaro, George Robert, Ronny Graupe, Christoph Grab and many more. Appearances on stages in New York, London, Prag, Berlin, Boston, Zürich and Bottenwil with his own bands or as a higly sensitive colleague supporting the musical intentions of fellow musician made him an adorable musician. He started at an early age with harmonica, accordion and piano. By the age of 15 he began his classical studies at Musikhochschule Basel (Switzerland) while already playing in bands and performing his own music


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