Frank Salis
& Michael Watson

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Style: VOCAL JAZZ & NEW ORLEANS TODAY
AVAILABLE: MARCH 2019 & JUNE 2019

The talented Hammond organ player from Ticino, Frank Salis, and one of the most interesting key figures of the New Orleans nouvelle vague, trombonist and singer Michael Watson, first met in 2017 at JazzAscona where they collaborated on a special project, presenting New Orleans R&B classics alongside various unreleased songs written by Salis, talented composer, and Watson. In the fall of 2017, the two met again in New Orleans to record those new compositions. The result: Frank Salis meets Michael Watson, a vibrant declaration of love for soul and jazz. The album will be presented for the first time in Europe at JazzAscona.

Luiz Meira
Acustico Trio

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Style: BOSSANOVA
AVAILABLE IN EUROPE: FEBRUARY – APRIL 2019
Known for his lasting collaboration with the great Brazilian singer Gal Costa, Luiz Meira (born in 1965) is undoubtedly one of the best contemporary guitarists in Brazil. A great virtuoso, Meira has always drawn inspiration from samba and bossa nova, genres that marked his exceptional career. Further appreciated also for his work as producer, the guitarist/singer has collaborated with Brazilian masters such as Sandra de Sá, Luiz Melodía, Elza Soares, Armandinho, Martinho da Vila and Ivan Lins, among others. Luiz Meira presents some of his beautiful compositions and interprets bossa nova classics in a perfect fusion of Brazilian music, jazz, and virtuosity that have made him one of Brazil’s best guitarists today.

JT and the
KaNection Band

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Style: NEW ORLEANS TODAY
AVAILABLE IN EUROPE: JUNE & JULY 2019
All I Wanna do is…play and set the dance floor on fire! This is the spirit of JT & The Ka-nection Band, the most popular and oldest band on Bourbon Street, the legendary party street of New Orleans. They are regulars at the Fat Catz and are know for their wild parties, team spirit and for skillfully reading their audience. Versatility is their key ingredient:  the band can play virtually anything, from Van Morrison to Sheryl Crow and Earth Wind & Fire, and…anything in between. Led by bassist, percussionist and keyboardist Jeff Tyson, The Ka-nection Band is a well-oiled party machine that performs at festivals, clubs, weddings and at any kind of party across the US. In Ascona they will take the stage with a keyboard, guitar, sax, trombone, bass, drum and three singers.

Re:Funk
& Pee Wee Ellis

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Style: FUNK

ON REQUEST

Re:Funk is the result of the passions of singer Maqs Rossi and drummer Dario Milan, who joined forces to start a band that could captivate fans with the rich Afro-American musical tradition that follows the footsteps of the Godfather of Soul, James Brown. The band soon started enjoying their rapidly growing success, with enthralling live shows at Montreux and Ascona, among others. With a highly anticipated first album in the works, Re:Funk have a spectacular tribute to James Brown‘s powerful music, alongside a truly special guest, saxophonist Pee Wee Ellis, funk legend who – together with Maceo Parker and Fred Wesley – was part of what is known as one of history‘s most famous horn sections.

Renato Podestà
Trio

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Style: MAINSTREAM & STANDARDS
ON REQUEST

Equally at home with both good ol’ swing and post-bop languages, Renato Podestà releases his first album as a band leader, with a trio that has been playing together for the last ten years. Renato’s foolish little dream come true is to find beauty and meaning in music from such diverse sources as 20s show tunes, early 30s “syncopated” songs, bop heads and big band arrangements, as well as original compositions, and to infuse them all with a good dose of New Orleans groove and fearless interplay.

Glen David
Andrews

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Style: NEW ORLEANS TODAY

ON REQUEST

He is a master of entertainment who holds the scene and inspires
musicians and audience like few others. Trombonist and singer Glen
David Andrews
 comes from one of the New Orleans music dynasties that
counts renowned members such as Glen David‘s cousins Troy (the great
Trombone Shorty) and James Andrews. Symbol of the lively Treme music
culture, passed on from one generation to the next, Glen proposes an
explosive sound with a pronounced touch of  funk.

Serena
Brancale


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Style: NU SOUL / POP

ON REQUEST

Serena Brancale presents Vita d’artista
Apulian musician, singer, and composer, presents her second album. Produced by Nicolas Gilliet, recorded in November 2017 at the Canaa studios in Losone, it was released in the spring of 2018 and includes 10 songs penned by Brancale, a Prince cover, and an
original song composed by Nicholas Payton, with Serena Brancale’s lyrics.
Vita d’artista is a reflection of the musician’s exceptional talent: her chords resound with an inclination to jazz that travels towards and beyond other acoustic territories. Serena’s music crosses genre boundaries, skilfully moving across pop, jazz, r&b and soul.

The Healthy
Thinkers


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Style: COVERS / VOCAL JAZZ

ON REQUEST

Here come the Healthy Thinkers, a reflection of the surprising vitality and quality of the local Ticinese music scene. The band’s current members have been playing together since December 2016 and the trio has made a name for itself in clubs and at open airs across the Canton. Their electro-acoustic project presents great rock and pop classics rearranged into jazzy tunes.  The band is composed by its two founders, N I c Angileri (contrabass) and Luca Pasqua (guitar), and talented singer Erica De Lazzari.

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Festival Jazz dates: June 20 – 29, 2019

Jazz Cat Club
Ascona

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Jazz all year ‘round in Ascona. Il Jazz ad Ascona tutto
l’anno.

Ascona Jazz
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Ascona Jazz Night, dates announced: May 31, 2019 and August 24, 2019.

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notti del Jazz ad Ascona: 31 maggio e 24 agosto 2019!

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