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Instituted in 2007 by Radio Swiss Jazz and JazzAscona, the Swiss Jazz Award is the one and only Swiss jazz prize awarded annually on the basis of a popular vote.
Since 2011, the JazzAscona audience have been able to vote for their favourite band on the final evening, when the finalists perform live. Since 2013, the popular vote have been supplemented by the votes of a Specialist Jury.
The aim of the exercise is to promote Swiss jazz bands and musicians who combine talant and artistic quality with a capacity to move and involve a wide audience, both on CD and when performing live.
Radio Swiss Jazz
Radio Swiss Jazz is a special jazz station provided by SRG SSR. It is transmitted from Basel and can be received throughout Switzerland via digital radio (DAB+), mobile phone, cable, satellite, and the Internet.
The programme is for music only, with no advertisements, and broadcasts 24 hours a day. Radio Swiss Jazz plays popular international and national tracks from the jazz, soul and blues music genres. The station attaches great importance to the promotion of the Swiss music scene, and around 30% of the music played is by Swiss musicians.
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JazzAscona is one of Switzerland's most important jazz festivals, and an international point of reference for classical jazz and New Orleans Beat. In 2014, the festival celebrated its 30th anniversary. Over the years, JazzAscona has welcomed a large number of musicians prominent on the Swing and New Orleans scene, including Kid Thomas Valentine, Louis Nelson, Doc Cheatham, Sammy Price, Danny Barker, Sam Butera, Kenny Davern, Bob Wilber, Freddy Cole, Monty Alexander, Houston Person, Jesse Davis, Lewis Nash, Peter Washington, Bucky Pizzarelli, Howard Alden, Bob Wilber, Marva Wright, Henry Butler, Shannon Powell, Dr. Michael White, Herlin Riley, Harry Allen, Warren Vaché, Scott Hamilton, Trombone Shorty, Jon Faddis, Biréli Lagrène, Irma Thomas, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Mario Biondi and many many more.
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