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Suzanne Bertényi and Hector “Gato” Zemma sel. launched the Gambrinus concerts in their restaurant Gambrinus in September 1995. With the demolition of the property, a new location and broader financial support had to be found. The gambrinus jazz plus (gjp) association was founded on February 23, 2004 , and in March it moved from Wassergasse to the “Kastanienhof” near Kreuzbleiche, where gjp enjoyed hospitality until the end of October 2009. From November 2009 to December 2010 we again enjoyed hospitality at Gartenstrasse 11. Since then, the concerts have taken place again at various locations in St.Gallen, but primarily in the “Bistro St. Gallen im Einstein”, exactly on the former location of the previous restaurant “ Gambrinus”, but also in the cult building and other places in the city of St. Gallen. Since 2021, there has been intensive collaboration with the newly founded association “Kulturfabrik Rorschach” in INDUSTRIE36 .

“gambrinus jazz plus – the city-wide jazz club in St.Gallen”.

“gambrinus” has become the first address for excellent jazz concerts in St. Gallen and eastern Switzerland. Since 1995, internationally renowned names such as Richie Beirach, Lee Konitz, Jimmy Cobb, Marc Johnson, Steve Grossman, Franco Ambrosetti, Ed Neumeister, Tony Lakatos, Barbara Dennerlein, Mark Selby, Michael Landau, Steve Swallow, Adam Nussbaum, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Dave Liebman, Marc Copland, Erika Stucky, John Abercrombie, Candy Kane, Thierry Lang, Roman Schwaller, Jacky Terrasson, Cuong Vu, Philipp Fankhauser, Irene Schweizer, Jamaladeen Tacuma, Glenn Ferris, Carlos Bica, Jim Black, Frank Möbus, Marc Ribot , Jojo Meyer, Heiri Känzig, Reggie Washington, Gregor Huebner Trio feat. Paolo Fresu, Brandy Buttler, Rusconi, Carioca Freitas, Prem Joshua, Iiro Rantala, Brian Blade, Tord Gustavsen Quartet, Kyle Shepherd Trio, The Real Group, Nils Petter Molvaer, Aron Ottignon, Mike Stern Band, Christian Scott Atunde Adjuah ​​and many more

The following were confirmed for a three-year term on the board of gambrinus jazz plus at the 2023 AGM: Andreas B. Müller (President), Peter Hummel, Pino Buoro, Patrick Müller, Roger Maurer and Philipp Lenz.

The club currently has around 255 active members. (as of summer 2023)

Philosophy of the gambrinus jazz plus association

gambrinus jazz plus sees itself as a JazzPlus organizer for the city of St. Gallen and the Eastern Switzerland region.

The sponsoring association gambrinus jazz plus, founded in February 2004 , aims to support and promote jazz and related music in the city of St.Gallen and in eastern Switzerland.

In addition to jazz, other styles such as blues, flamenco, classical, etc. are also offered, of course always with the usual high standards of musical quality.

The association promotes talented young musicians by offering them platforms for concert events.

The association strives for cultural exchange both within the region and with other regions.

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