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Jazz Near the Alps

Celebrating New Orleans in Ascona For those who think Switzerland is all mountains, cows and leather shorts, it may come as a surprise to learn that another Switzerland exists, one where endless sunshine, vineyards and pizza are the norm, and nobody yodels – at least not in public. I’m in Ticino, the Italian-speaking canton of Switzerland, and though I don’t need a reason to come here (I’m with the locals who refer to it as a paradiso), on this occasion I’m here for the music. For the last 20 years, in a small and spotlessly clean town on the shores of Lake Maggiore, one of the most important jazz festivals in Europe takes places, a festival that dedicates itself to traditional and classic jazz from New Orleans, and the only one that collaborates directly with the city of New Orleans and the state of Louisiana. To read more of this story, click here for the immediate delivery of your own digital copy of New Orleans Magazine.

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