Trumpeter Franco Ambrosetti has been named the winner of the Swiss Jazz Award for 2018, in recognition of his life in music. The 76-year-old trumpet and flugelhorn player has been a mainstay on the European jazz scene since he first started performing professionally at clubs in Italy and Switzerland when he was 20 years old. A native of Ticino, Ambrosetti has recorded over two dozen albums as a leader and was also a radio programmer for Ticino Radio RSI for over 30 years. He has performed with Cannonball Adderley, Dexter Gordon and Joe Henderson, as well as with fellow Swiss jazzers Daniel Humair and George Gruntz.
Ambrosetti will be presented with the award on June 24 at the JazzAscona Festival in Ascona, Switzerland.