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Festival History

The magic of the Baloise Session -

since 1986

The Baloise Session in Basel has been writing music history for 37 years. Musical legends like Miles Davis, Nina Simone, Ray Charles or James Brown have enriched our festival. But also stars of today Eric Clapton, Elton John, P!nk or Alicia Keys have set the magical and intimate concert hall of the Baloise Session «on fire».


Donavon Frankenreiter at BALOISE SESSION 2016

It was one of the most amazing things to be a part off. Such an amazing festival, beautiful building, amazing crowd.

Donavon Frankenreiter | Singer-Songwriter
Monty Alexander at BALOISE SESSION 2014

Immediately as I put my hands on the piano, I say yeah, all right. So for me this event and this venue is wonderful.

Monty Alexander
Charles Bradley at BALOISE SESSION 2014

The people here, the love here… I see this like brothers and sisters are having a good time. And it was a beautiful moment that I will never forget.

Charles Bradley

Our festival has evolved from a regional jazz, blues and gospel concert venue to an international music festival. That's a long time and there are some exciting stories to tell about it. If you have the time and inclination to get to know our history better, then browse through our stories here.


the music festival makes history

the music festival makes history

Anniversary book for the 25th birthday of the Baloise Session

An anniversary book commemorating the 25th anniversary of the music festival was published in 2011. This high quality edition chronicled the highlights of 25 years of thrilling festival history with captivating photos and fascinating stories. Without the loyal support of our «Friends of the AVO SESSION Basel», this book would not have been possible.

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