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previous winners

2018
Franco Ambrosetti

The 76-year-old trumpet and flugelhorn player has helped shape European jazz history and likes to be described as the “grand master of Swiss hardbop”. An economics graduate and self-taught musician, Franco Ambrosetti started playing professionally in Milan’s jazz clubs and in Zurich’s ‘Africana’ when he was just 20. He won first prize at the Viennese International Jazz Competition in 1966 and throughout his career has played with some of the biggest names in international jazz. Besides Dexter Gordon, Cannonball Adderley and Joe Henderson, these include his Swiss colleagues Daniel Humair and George Gruntz, as well as Italian jazz heavyweights such as Dado Moroni. Franco Ambrosetti’s musical achievements are reflected in his extensive discography featuring many famous names. Composing is also an important element of his work, including film soundtracks. Franco Ambrosetti presented his own jazz programme on Ticino Radio RSI for over 30 years. The 2018 Swiss Jazz Award is therefore honouring one of the biggest names in Swiss jazz.

2017
Bruno Spoerri

The 82 year-old Bruno Spoerri is a fixture on the Swiss jazz scene. He is one of its most prominent figures as a jazz musician, and in particular as a saxophonist. Always ahead of his time, Spoerri was also one of the pioneers of electronic music. In a musical career that spans more than 60 years, he has played with countless important musicians in a variety of different formations, and has toured not only Europe, but also Asia and Africa. Spoerri also made a name for himself as a composer of film music, and has already received a whole raft of prizes and awards. He can now count the Swiss Jazz Award among them.

2016 - Patrick Bianco's Cannonsoul

2015 - Raphael Jost & Lots of Horns

2014 - Nicole Herzog - Stewy von Wattenwyl Group

2013 - Chris Conz Trio 

2012 - Christina E. Jaccard and Dave Ruosch

2011 - Alexia Gardner & Offbeat Trio

2010 - Dani Felberg Big Band

2009 - Robi Weber Quartet

2009 - Lifetime Achievement Award:

Hazy Osterwald  

2008 - Dai Kimoto & Swing Kids

2007 - Loverfield JazzBand 

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