Ascona Jazz 2024 promises to be an unforgettable celebration of music, culture, and the picturesque beauty of Lake Maggiore. From June 20 to June 29, the charming town of Ascona in southern Switzerland will transform into a vibrant hub for jazz enthusiasts and artists from around the world.

A Rich History of Jazz

Ascona Jazz, also known as the JazzAscona festival, has a storied history dating back to 1985. Over the decades, it has grown into one of Europe’s premier jazz festivals, renowned for its warm, intimate atmosphere and its dedication to traditional jazz, blues, and New Orleans-inspired sounds. Each year, the festival attracts thousands of visitors, all eager to experience the magic of live jazz in an idyllic setting.

The 2024 Lineup: A Blend of Tradition and Innovation

This year’s lineup features an eclectic mix of legendary jazz musicians and emerging talents. Expect performances by internationally acclaimed artists, local Swiss musicians, and a few surprise guests. From soulful saxophone solos to toe-tapping swing bands, the diversity of acts ensures there’s something for every jazz lover.

Highlights to Look Forward To

  • Opening Night Extravaganza: The festival kicks off with a spectacular opening night concert by the lake, featuring a blend of classic jazz standards and contemporary pieces.
  • Street Parade: One of the festival’s most beloved traditions, the street parade brings musicians and dancers into the heart of Ascona, creating an infectious atmosphere of joy and celebration.
  • Intimate Venues: Enjoy performances in a variety of settings, from open-air stages to cozy clubs and elegant hotel lounges. Each venue offers a unique listening experience.
  • Workshops and Masterclasses: Aspiring musicians can take advantage of workshops and masterclasses led by some of the festival’s headliners. It’s a rare opportunity to learn from the best in the business.
  • Jam Sessions: Late-night jam sessions provide a chance for spontaneous collaborations and improvisations, often resulting in some of the most memorable moments of the festival.

More Than Just Music

While jazz is the main attraction, Ascona Jazz 2024 offers a full cultural experience. Visitors can explore the charming town of Ascona, with its narrow streets, colorful buildings, and lakeside promenade. Local restaurants and cafes serve up delicious Swiss and Italian cuisine, and the festival atmosphere spills over into the town’s markets and shops.

Where to stay:

Castello Seeschloss

Where to Dine: