From its humble beginnings in the small wine cellar at the Kronenhof hotel in Pontresina, Switzerland, the Festival Da Jazz has since grown into one of the most renowned music events in the world. This year, the festival will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a star-studded line up and its magnificent mountain-top location 1,700 metres above sea level in the Swiss Alps.
For the past decade, jazz music has been filling the small Dracula Club at the Kulm Hotel in St Moritz; an intimate venue that will accommodate 150 guests at a time, and where the artists walk through the audience who sit on stools and wooden benches to reach the stage. This year’s event will take place from 5th July to 31st July, 2017.
The festival first started out with just five concerts featuring local artists, and today it has 50 concerts spread over four weeks with a line-up of some of the best jazz artists in the world. During this period, the idyllic mountain town of St Moritz in the Swiss Alps, which is renowned for its glamour, luxury and excellent ski slopes, transforms into a buzzing hive of music with open-air concerts under the sun, midnight shows, and intimate club performances.
This year, the Festival Da Jazz will go back to its roots in Kronenhof to honour the last ten years, but there will be plenty of concerts at various venues in St Moritz and nearby towns. There will be performances at the Kulm Hotel’s Dracula Club, the Sunny Bar, and Dracula open Air in the clubs back garden. Other venues include Hauser Hotel’s Terrace, Muottas Muragl on the mountain top, Taiswald and Rondo in Pontresina, Hotel Reine Victoria and Lej da Staz in St Moritz.
Previous world-class artists who have graced the stages in the past include Randi Crawford, Lisa Simone, Diana Krall, Nigel Kennedy, Herbie Hancock, the James Taylor Quarter and Dee Dee Bridgewater. This year’s line-up will not disappoint music lovers, and international stars who will be taking to the high-altitude stages include Madeleine Peyroux, James Gruntz, Jamie Cullum, Herbie Hancock, Nigel Kennedy, Sheer, and Paolo Conte.
For further information about the Festival da Jazz, visit www.festivaldajazz.ch/en
The Kulm Hotel offers luxurious accommodation for the event, with rooms and suites that boast views of the breath-taking Swiss Alps. The hotel’s bars and clubs will host a number of free music performances throughout the festival. For more details visit www.kulm.com