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What is Lugano Estival Jazz?

Lugano Estival Jazz is the premier musical event in Southern Switzerland (Canton Ticino).

Set in the heart of Lugano, in the beautiful 19th century Piazza della Riforma, and in the surrounding town of Mendrisio in star architect Mario Botta’s “Piazzale alla Valle”, Lugano Estival Jazz attracts thousands of Jazz and World Music fans each year.

Lugano Estival Jazz is promoted by local music loving citizens and funded with private and some public money. All concerts are


Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Keith Jarrett, Ray Charles, Bobby McFerrin, Herbie Hancock, BB King, Friedrich Gulda, Tito Puente, Chick Corea, The Manhattan Transfer, Take 6, Gato Barbieri, Maynard Ferguson, Cesaria Evora, Dee Dee Bridgewater Carla Bley, Barbara Hendricks, Wynton Marsalis, Cheb Mami, Noa, Oscar D’Leon, Jon Hendricks, Paco de Lucia, Van Morrison, Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, Khaled are only some of the over 300 groups / artists that have performed since 1979 (see also Roll of honour)

Six posters of artists performing at “Estival” say a musically hot welcome to everyone landing at the Lugano-Agno International Airport.


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