During the past days, art director Karl Heinz Ern announced the definitive program of the 18th New Orleans Jazz Ascona festival. From June 28 to July 7, 2002
, the Swiss town on the shores of Lake Maggiore will host no less than 250 concerts on 14 stages, for a total of 450 hours of music.
40 bands and over 300 artists are featured the program, among whom are several of the most acclaimed musicians on the contemporary New York and New Orleans classical jazz scene, as well as a few old jazz legends such as Arvell Shaw
, who for many years was Louis Armstrong's bass player.
The main stage of this year's festival, however, is reserved for the guitar. Ascona will in fact commemorate Eddie Lang, the jazz guitar pioneer from the '20s, with a series of concerts featuring guitar players Howard Alden, Bucky Pizzarelli, Frank Vignola, Marty Grosz, Al Viola
, and violin player Andy Stein.
Please note that on July 4th (Independence Day in the US) the festival will pay tribute to the victims of the World Trade Center attack of September 11
The Ascona festival is considered today the most important traditional jazz festival in the world. 90,000 people are expected to attend the festival this upcoming edition, in addition to the 100 journalists accredited, representing papers and media channels such as Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, The Times, Down Beat, RTL France, SWR, la Repubblica, The Guardian, and BBC Radio.
Tourist Office Lago Maggiore tel: +41 91 791 00 91