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Montreux Jazz Festival

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1967

Montreux Jazz Festival

Launch of the first Montreux Jazz Festival and the first European Jazz Bands competition. Duration: 3 days from June 16 to 18 with a pictures exhibition, vinyl exchange corner, a drums workshop with Jack DeJohnette, Robert Zildjian, George Chorafas and Klaus Weiss. Organized by the Montreux Tourist Office. Participating at this first editon was : Charles Lloyd Quartet with Keith Jarrett, Cecil McBee and Jack DeJohnette. Twelve jazz groups take part in the first competition for European Jazz Groups and Dusko Goykovic is one of the winners. It's the beginning of a long story...

Montreux Jazz Festival 1967

1968

Montreux Jazz Festival

The Festival goes on from June 12 to 16. The Bill Evans Trio "the jazz piano revolution" with Eddie Gomez (bass) and Jack DeJohnette (drums) tops the bill and Nina Simone performs one of her first concerts. Brian Auger with Julie Driscoll take part of this event. Among the winners of the soloists' competition we find a british band with John Surman (sax) and a norvegian band with Jan Garbarek. Belgians are represented by Philip Catherine a brilliant guitarist making a big impression on the public with his group "Three Logy". Palle Mikkelborg (trumpet), Bo Stief (bass) and their band represent Denmark and Switzerland is present with Geo Voumard. The drum-clinic is animated, this year, by Kenny Clarke. The pictures exhibition, vinyl exchange corner and various paintings still animate the Casino. Jam sessions take place at the Museum Club, around the Casino swimming pool and at the Lido.

Montreux Jazz Festival 1968

1969

Montreux Jazz Festival

Five days (from June 18 to 22) of various music. Rock with Alvin Lee’s Ten Years After, Pop with Colosseum and Jazz with artists such as Ella Fitzgerald with Tommy Flanagan on piano. Guitarist Kenny Burrell and his band on June 21. But also Phil Woods and his European Rhythm Machine with George Gruntz on piano and Daniel Humair on drums , Kenny Clarke and Eddie Harris and his quartet or Les McCann’s trio. Clark Terry conducts a big band with the winners of the competition. Pictures exhibition, vinyl exchange corner and various paintings and Jam sessions and something new : Jazz film projections at the Casino

Montreux Jazz Festival 1969

1970

Montreux Jazz Festival

Santana plays at the Festival for the first time. Sadao Watanabe represents Japan and his performance remains as one of the best. The Rock music is represented by Maggie Bell/Stone the Crows and Chicken Shack. Gerry Mulligan comes over from the United Sates. Bill Evans comes back to Montreux with his trio. Following artists are invited this year : Dexter Gordon, Junior Mance, Leon Thomas, Yusef Lateef, Tom Scott, Son House, Champion Jack Dupree, Herbie Mann. To be mentioned : Nucleus with Ian Carr (trumpet), Chris Spedding (guitar) and John Marshall (drums). The picture exhibition displays a collection of Les MacCann’s photographs.

Montreux Jazz Festival 1970

1971

Montreux Jazz Festival

The 5th Festival is held from June 12 to 20. More than 300 musicians play at the Casino, including Gato Barbieri, King Curtis (murdered two months later), Roberta Flack and Aretha Franklin. Let us not forget Roy Ayers Ubiquity, Paul Bley, Hampton Hawes, Ahmad Jamal, Mongo Santamaria, the excellent vibraphonist Gary Burton, Max Roach drummer with Charlie Parker in 1942, the fabulous Tony Williams Lifetime and it’s avant-garde music, Williams who regularly plays with Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, John McLaughlin to name a few, Chico Hamilton, Slide Hampton, Larry Coryell ….. Blues is not forgotten with Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson and Rock is represented by Mainhorse with Patrick Moraz and Jean Ristori. The English Rock band Family with Roger Chapman, Whitney, Townsend, Weider and Poli Palmer spread fresh Pop music and a great sound. Melanie opens the Festival June 12 with folk music. To be mentioned that December 4 the Casino burns down while Frank Zappa and the "Mothers of Invention" were on stage. Deep Purple were to record there "Machine Head" album the next day. Which they did but in the corridors of the Grand Hotel in Territet temporarily turned into a recording studio ! "Smoke on the Water" was recorded there.

Montreux Jazz Festival 1971

1972

Montreux Jazz Festival

The Festival grows up. From 8 days it becomes 13 days. Dates are June 16 to 29 at the Montreux Pavillon as the Casino burned down in December 1971. In addition to Jazz, Blues is very much present as well as Gospel and Soul music with Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Doctor Ross, Jimmy Dawkins, Whispering Smith, T-Bone Walker as a special guest, Koko Taylor, Muddy Waters. Jazz program with Ray Bryant, Stan Getz, Jean-Luc Ponty and Les McCann. Audience discovers Rashaan Roland Kirk an amazing American Jazz multi-instrumentalist, playing tenor saxophone, flute and other reed instruments. He is perhaps best known for his vitality on stage, where virtuoso improvisation was accompanied by comic banter, political ranting and his famous ability to play a number of instruments simultaneously. Oscar Peterson plays solo and Jean-Luc Ponty Experience floats between Jazz and Pop music. Magma the french group with Christian Vander and Klaus Doldinger’s Passport bring Rock, Pop and Fusion notes to the audience in the Pavillon. For the first time, the Montreux Jazz Festival welcomes a large 1000m2 exhibition gathering different musical dealers, manufacturer, producers, whether it be musical instruments, vinyl, or hi-fi equipments.

Montreux Jazz Festival 1972

1973

Montreux Jazz Festival

For the first time, the Newport and Montreux festivals are held at the same time (from June 29 to July 15). The new Montreux Casino will be ready in 1975 and in the meantime the Festival takes place at the Convention Center. The "Kings" are playing: Freddie & Albert. Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, Memphis Slim, Little Milton, John Lee Hooker, and the "Meters" one of the best rythm section from USA complete the Blues program. The impressive Robert Hite with Canned Heat, appreciated by a large public which made them one of the popular acts of the hippie era played July 1 and were seen jamming with Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown. Carole King, Teddy Wilson, Stephane Grappelli, Canonball, Nat Adderley, Stomu Yamashta, Chico Hamilton, Larry Coryell, McCoy Tyner, Kenny Clarke, Dexter Gordon, Gene Ammons, Donald Byrd, Horace Silver with Michael and Randy Brecker and the first appearance in Montreux of the genius : Miles Davis and his band, Dave Liebman (tenor sax) Reggie Lucas (guitars), Pete Cosey (guitars) Michael Henderson (bass) Al Foster (drums) and Mtume (percussion) were his sidemen.

Montreux Jazz Festival 1973

1974

Montreux Jazz Festival

Fifteen days of music from June 28 until July 7. Large diversity in the musical style : Blues, Gospel, Soul, Rock, Pop and, of course, Jazz. Africa is represented by Randy Weston and Brasil by Airto Moreira, Milton Nascimento, Flora Purim, Wagner Tiso and Ron Carter. Muddy Waters and his musicians, Junior Wells & Buddy Guy fill the concert hall with Blues notes, Terry Taylor, Bill Wyman (Rolling Stones) and Dallas Taylor too. Great Jazz stars with names like Gil Evans, Earl Hines, Helen Humes, Jay McShann, Sonny Rollins, Van Morrison, Larry Coryell and the Eleventh House, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Soft Machine, Cecil Taylor, Billy Cobham plays with the Brecker Brothers and John Abercrombie to name a few. The Mahavishnu Orchestra with John McLaughlin and Jean-Luc Ponty is the revelation of this edition. The band was a collective of eleven outstanding players, including three- piece string and wind sections that allowed the group to tackle the music from Apocalypse with some reverence while being a more practical touring unit. The 1974 Montreux Jazz edition is marked by the death of Gene Ammons present in Montreux last year.

Montreux Jazz Festival 1974

1975

Montreux Jazz Festival

Fifteen days of music in the brand new Casino concert hall. From July 3 to 20 with Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson, Count Basie, Charlie Mingus, Archie Shepp, second visit to Montreux for Rashaan Roland Kirk, Bill Evans, Clarke Terry, Joe Pass, Milt Jackson and a blues evening July 12 with Albert King, Lowell Fulsom, Albert King or Clifton Chenier and his accordion, Juke Boy Bonner and Louisiana Red perform alone on stage with their guitars or Etta James with guest musicians Klaus Doldinger on saxophones and John Paul Jones on bass (Led Zeppelin). Pop music is represented by Rory Gallagher and his three musicians. Rory played twice in this Montreux town with his Rock band Taste. A progressive Italian Rock band was discovered July 7, by name P.F.M. influenced by Emerson Lake & Palmer or King Crimson. Christian Vander drummer and leader of French band Magma has called Didier Lockwood (violin) and introduced a new band. A remarkable aspect of Magma’s music is that Vander actually invented a constructed language, Kobaïan, with germanic and slovakian consonance in which most lyrics are sung. Different musical style with Alan Stivell and his celtic harp, master guitarists Larry Coryell and Steve Kahn and Billy Cobham, performing last year, brings on stage a new band including John Scofield on guitars. We cannot end this chapter without mentioning the Belgian guitar player Philip Catherine who offered an amazing musical performance as only accompaniment his guitar and a electronic rhythm box.

Montreux Jazz Festival 1975

1976

Montreux Jazz Festival

Milton Glaser designs the poster of the 10th anniversary of the Montreux Jazz Festival. Over 100 vinyls recorded in Montreux can now be found in various record stores over the world. Mountain Studios, being part of the new Casino, offers 24-track recording facilities to musicians and attracts many groups as for instance the Rolling Stones who came to Montreux to record their "Black and Blue" album. The festival adds some more days to the calendar ! What a wonderful thing ! June 25 to July 11, the program starts with Folk music. Leonard Cohen, Ralph McTell, The Dubliners, Sarclon or Zachary Richard. Interesting Blues and Soul evenings with The Meters, Luther Allison, Sammy Price, The Crusaders with Larry Carlton, Jimmy Witherspoon, Stuff (Cornell Dupree and Eric Gale guitars, Richard Tee keyboards, Gordon Edwards bass and Steve Gadd drums), Eric Burdon and Frankie Miller play this same evening. Al Jarreau, for the first time in Montreux, got all his band’s equipment stuck at the airport. The result was that Al Jarreau stepped on stage only accompanied by his pianist. Standing ovation for a brilliant performance. Impressive list of artists present for this Montreux Jazz edition : George Duke, Billy Cobham, John Scofield and Alphonso Johnson together on stage for a smashing performance, Indian style experience with Shakti….John McLaughlin and tabla maestro Zakir Hussain. Pasadena Roof Orchestra, and probably one of the best Jazz Fusion bands Weather Report with Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, Jaco Pastorius, Manola Badrena and Alyandro Acuna. Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, Jazz Rock with Klaus Doldinger’s Passport, Cecil Taylor and Sun Ra Arkestra pioneer of electronic music, space music and free improvisation regardless of genre, with an extensive use of electronic keyboards. 18 musicians and 3 dancers on stage this music touches on virtually the entire history of Jazz, from ragtime to swing music, from bebop to free jazz. This Montreux concert has been recorded on a double vinyl. Stan Getz, Thad Jones, The Monty Alexander Trio, Sarah Vaughan have all been part of this edition.

Montreux Jazz Festival 1976

1977

Montreux Jazz Festival

The largest European Festival gets longer and longer, from July 1 to 24, and is open to all kinds of music, from free Jazz to Brazil, South African and Indian music, Jazz, Rock and Disco. Veronique Sanson, bringing a very personal vocal style to the singing of French pop songs, married to American Rock musician Stephen Stills from 1973 to 1976, opens the festival. No doubt that the audience will remember the performances by Don Ellis and his Big Band, Don Cherry, Etta James, Shakti, Don Pullen and the jam session conducted by Count Basie himself. Not to forget Muddy Waters, Stanley Clarke, Dizzy Gillespie, Dexter Gordon, Ella Fitzgerald and Oscar Peterson. The French artists are many this year. Jacques Higelin, Véronique Sanson or Ange who is, no doubt about it, the most popular of the French Progressive Rock bands. Rory Gallagher and his three musicians are back for another great performance at the Casino.

Montreux Jazz Festival 1977

1978

Montreux Jazz Festival

A joint venture with the Sao Paulo Festival brings a Brazilian atmosphere to Montreux from July 7 to 23 with Gilberto Gil and Airto Moreira. Jazz music is represented by Ray Charles, Mary Lou Williams, Stan Getz, Miriam Makeba, Bill Evans and Kenny Burrell, John McLaughlin and his new "One Truth Band", Billy Cobham, Pharoah Sanders, The Brecker Brothers with Warren Bernhardt, Steve Kahn and Mike Manieri recognized as an award-winning, jazz vibraphonist, Etta James, Taj Mahal, James Booker, Oscar Peterson and Count Basie Big Band. Stan Getz and his musicians offer a free and unexpected concert around the Casino swimming pool ! The Rock band Dixie Dregs and Sea Leavel (former Allman Brothers Band's musicians) captivate the audience. A European evening with Jan Akkerman, Chris Hinze, Joachim Kuehn, Jukka Tolonen band and Didier Lockwood.

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Montreux Jazz Festival 1978

1979

Montreux Jazz Festival

From July 6 to 22 and for the first time, a whole night is dedicated to Reggae. The shows were quickly sold out for Dennis Brown, Steel Pulse and Peter Tosh.

The program also includes music from Brazil with Elis Regina and Hermeto Pascoal. Japan is represented by Ondeko-Za and Tsuyoshi Yamamoto Trio on July 11. Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock are playing together. Sir Charles Thompson, B.B. King, Albert Collins and his Icebreakers, Champion Jack Dupree, Taj Mahal, Little Milton, Lonnie Brooks and Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown are also in Montreux for a few Blues moments. A gala evening with Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie July 12 and the exceptional return of Weather Report with Peter Erskine, Jaco Pastorius, Wayne Shorter and Joe Zawinul. Top Jazz Fusion music with Lee Ritenour, Philip Catherine plays trio with Jerry Brown and John Lee. Grover Washington, Al Jarreau, only concert in Europe with Larry Carlton as a guest artist. Jazz Rock with Spyro Gyra, Jasper Van’t Hof, Bob Malik, Alphonse Mouzon and Miroslav Vitous.

Two musicians from the legendary English progressive Rock Band YES are on stage each with his own band. Rick Wakeman and Steve Howe. Let us not forget Bessie Griffin who takes part to the ecumenical service in the Clarens church not far away from Montreux.

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Montreux Jazz Festival 1979

1980

Montreux Jazz Festival

From July 4 to 20. The City of Detroit organizes the first Montreux-Detroit Jazz Festival. And the Montreux program includes Elvis Costello, Jimmy Cliff, Marvin Gaye, Santana, Didier Lockwood, Stanley Clarke Band, The Brecker Brothers, Van Morrison, Passport, BBKing, Gato Barbieri, Mongo Santamaria, Fats Domino, Champion Jack Dupree, Toots Thielemans, Dizzy Gillespie and Max Roach. A "drum summit" makes Art Blakey, Amano-Kai, Gerry Brown, Billy Higgins and Chico Hamilton meet together. And a Ska night with English band The Specials July 11.

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Montreux Jazz Festival 1980

1981

Montreux Jazz Festival

The 15th Festival - 17 days – from July 3 to 19 offers Blues (Albert Collins, Taj Mahal, Magic Slim), Pop and Rock (The Blues Band, Mike Oldfield), Reggae, Soul (James Brown, UB40, Toots and the Maytals), Gospel (The Staple Singers) and Jazz (Wynton Marsalis, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, McCoy Tyner, Chico Freeman, Oscar Peterson trio with Terry Clarke and Niels Pederson, Slide Hampton, Monty Alexander and The Heath Brothers Band). Chuck Berry rock’s around the clock and Lightnin’ Hopkins, Magic Slim offer a nice Blues program. The Stray Cats play July 10 further we can hear and see James Blood Ulmer, Kilimanjaro, Bireli Lagrene, David Sanborn, The Yellow Jackets, Al Jarreau, Chick Corea plays together with John McLaughlin and later in the evening with his own band including Gary Peacock, Roy Haynes and Joe Henderson. Herbie Hancock plays with Tony Williams, Ron Carter and Wynton Marsalis.The number of visitors exceeds 75,000.

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Montreux Jazz Festival 1981

1982

Montreux Jazz Festival

The 16th editon of the Festival from July 9 to 25 opens with a musical firework. Laurie Anderson, Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club. The brasilians Milton Nascimento, Wagner Tiso and Alceu Valença are for the second evening and the king of Reggae music Jimmy Cliff and Gilberto Gil for the third evening !

The Rock music is secured by Steve Miller Band, MinkDeville and the British Climax Blues Band who was one of the leading lights of the late ‘60s Blues boom,. Jackson Brown takes care of the Soul music and the Lounge Lizards and, this same evening Michael Schrieve (Santana’s drummer) and his band "Novo Combo" the Jazz-Rock side. The Blues evening is secured by the virtuoso Stevie Ray Vaughan who surprised many as David Bowie present in the audience who was so impressed that he requested Stevie to play guitar on his new "Let’s Dance" album. Jackson Brown, also present in the audience, offered his recording studio for Stevie to record his new album "Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble" and sign a contract with record company Epic (thanks to John Hammond senior). July 22, BB King Blues Band play for the third time in Montreux.

Again, all kinds of music styles are represented: from Charles Lloyd, Dave Brubeck, Lionel Hampton, Wynton Marsalis, Bobby McFerrin, Jay McShann, Billy Cobham’s Glass Menagerie, Eric Gale and a super session with big names : Jack Bruce, Alan Holdsworth, Didier Lockwood, David Sancious and Billy Cobham on drums. Another revelation is, with no doubt, the Jazz-Rock-Fusion Band called Steps Ahead with Mike Brecker (tenor sax), Peter Erskine (drums), Eddie Gomez (bass) Don Grolnick (keyboards) and Mike Mainieri (vibes). And July 16th, the Australian Jazz-Fusion band 'Crossfire' formed in 1974 and based in Sydney, performed at the Casino. The band members were Mark Riley (Drums), Greg Lyon (Bass, Voice), Jim Kelly (guitars), Michael Kenny (keyboards, Trumpet),Tony Buchanan (Sax, Flute) and Ian Bloxham (Percussion).

The 16th edition of the Festival deserves its eclectic reputation ! Jean Tinguely, Swiss artist, best known for his sculptural machines, designed the poster.

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Montreux Jazz Festival 1982

1983

Montreux Jazz Festival

From July 7 to 24. The opening night of the Festival is in the hands of George Benson and many guest stars as Ray Bryant, Richie Cole, Dizzy Gillespie, Jimmy Smith, James Moody. Brasil is present with Joao Bosco, Ney Matogrosso and Caetano Veloso. Rock, Jazz, Blues is taken care by Art Blakey, Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, Willie Dixon, Luther Allison, John Hammond, The Art Ensemble of Chicago, Freddie Hubbard, Gil Evans, James Blood Ulmer, Joanne Brackeen, Fats Domino, Roy Ayers, James Blood Ulmer. A VSOP evening brings Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Tony Williams, Wynton and Branford Marsalis on stage. Keith Haring designs the poster of this 17th edition.

Montreux Jazz Festival 1983

1984

Montreux Jazz Festival

Celebrating the 18th anniversary of the Montreux Jazz Festival one of the greatest Jazz musicians of all times : Miles Davis. He gives two concerts. One in the afternoon and one in the evening. They are the best gigs of his whole summer tour. The guitarist Stanley Jordan and the female singer Sade are among the new upcoming artists.
Johnny Winter is surrounded by the best Chicago Blues musicians (John Paris bass and Tom Compton drums), the Swiss Band Slapstick, the incomparable Blues singer Van Morrison and BBKing. Luther Allison, Louisiana Red, Robert Cray Band, Muscle Shoals Rhythm section (Roger Hawkins former drummer of the Allman Brothers Band). Stephan Eicher, Elliott Murphy and Chris Rea are on the program July 10. Not to be forgotten : John McLaughlin and the Mahavishnu Orchestra with Bill Evans (sax), Danny Gottlieb (drums), Mitchel Forman (keyboards) and Jonas Hellborg (bass) giving away a solid and perfect Jazz Rock moment to the audience. This same evening, David Sanborn and the United Jazz & Rock Ensemble with musicians as Ian Carr, Albert Mangelsdorff, Charlie Mariano, Volker Kriegel, Eberhard Weber or Jon Hiseman ! Klaus Doldinger and Passport plays Jazz-Rock July 16 and so does Spyro Gyra and the outstanding band called Steps Ahead (were in Montreux in 1982 with the name Steps. Tom Kennedy replaces Eddie Gomez on drums). Egberto Gismonti and Nana Vasconcelos both from Brasil played together and Carla Bley was on stage the same evening with her band. Guitar virtuoso Paco de Lucia plays July 14.

Montreux Jazz Festival 1984

1985

Montreux Jazz Festival

The largest audience ever ! From July 4 to 20. Miles Davis is again on top of the program with the same musicians as last year except Vincent Wilburn replacing Al Foster on drums. Amazing concert ! Leonard Cohen and his 5 musicians perform July 9 and Nina Hagen surprises. Kid Creole and the Coconuts bewitch the audience and Airto Moreira and Flora Purim diffuse brazilian Jazz music. Blues Rock is not missing this year with Rory Gallagher and his Band. Music from everywhere with Keith Jarrett trio (Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette) Manu Dibango, Horace Silver, Astor Piazzolla, Mark Isham, the Indian Shankar with Jan Garbarek, Trilok Gurtu and Nana Vasconcelos, Bob James, Lee Ritenour, Joao Gilberto and Tom Jobim play brasilian music and Stevie Ray Vaughan assumes the Blues evening with Johnny Otis and his son Shuggie (by the way ….an excellent guitarist !)

Montreux Jazz Festival 1985

1986

Montreux Jazz Festival

From July 3 to 19. Keith Haring and Andy Warhol design the poster of the 20th anniversary. All concerts are sold-out before the Festival starts due to a fantastic program with Miles Davis and his 7 musicians, the Wayne Shorter quartet, McCoy Tyner, The Neville Brothers, Chris Rea, Spyro Gyra, Stephan Eicher, Special EFX, Talk Talk, Jasper Van’t Hof, Eric Clapton and Friends (with Phil Collins on drums), Sade, Simply Red, Luther Allison, John Mayall who invites his friends Clapton and Luther Allison on stage for a guitar symphonia…. David Sanborn, Al DiMeola plays solo, Eddie Palmieri and his salsa band, Michel Petrucciani, Al Jarreau, George Benson, Herbie Hancock’s quartet with Brandford Marsalis, Ron Carter and Al Foster…. The Argentine Astor Piazzolla and his sextet perform with Gary Burton on July 17. And not to forget George Duke and the magical keyboard notes he distributed to the audience playing with Tania Maria, Eddie Gomez and Tommy Campbell.

Montreux Jazz Festival 1986

1987

Montreux Jazz Festival

From July 2 to 18. The program includes Rock with Los Lobos, The Pretenders and their lead singer Chrissie Hynde, Joe Cocker, Johnny Clegg, Folk Jazz Fusion with Pat Metheny Band and his loyal keyboard player Lyle Mays, Jazz with the Modern Jazz Quartet with John Lewis (piano), Milt Jackson (vibraphone), Percy Heath (bass) and Connie Kay (drums). Dizzy Gillespie Big Band with Milt Jackson as special guest and Wynton Marsalis’s quartet and a surprising appearance of George Duke and Dizzie Gillespie. Stan Getz, Donald Bird, Herb Ellis and Barney Kessel, Randy Brecker plays with Marc Johnson and Peter Erskine July 14 whereas his brother Michael Brecker plays with his band and guitarist Mike Stern. John McLaughlin and Paco de Lucia are together on stage. Monty Alexander introduces his Jamaican band and Paolo Conte is also part of the Festival as well as Terence Trent D’Arby, the American doo-wop, light Jazz, cabaret vocal band Manhattan Transfer, Ben E.King, Africa is represented by Toure Kunda, the Blues by the King of the Blues BBKing who comes back with a band reduced to 8 musicians, Memphis Slim plays duo with drummer George Collier, James Cotton Blues Band, Hugh Masekela, the return of Sadao Watanabe and Nina Simone to Montreux, Curtis Mayfield, Taj Mahal brings sun from the islands with his four new musicians, The Rita Mitsouko, French Pop-Rock band with Catherine Ringer and Frédéric Chichin are the attraction of the July 5 night. Alone on stage, the audience discovers guitarist Steve Morse (ex Dixie Dregs and actually with Deep Purple), Stanley Jordan American Jazz fusion guitarist, best known for his development of the touch technique for playing guitar or Herbie Hancock also alone on stage but playing keyboards of course ! A fantastic performance by Dexter Gordon with Bobby Hutcherson (vibes).

Montreux Jazz Festival 1987

1988

Montreux Jazz Festival

From June 30 to July 16. The french Michel Jonaz opens the Festival. Courtney Pine comes to Montreux for the very first time and Charles Lloyd after 21 years. Miles Davis starts his gig with the track "In a Silent Way" and his fine musicians are concentrated from the beginning to the end leaving little chance to improvisation. Also Eddie Harris and Les McCann are back and they are also the rhythm section of Wynton Marsalis on stage. Chick Corea trio with Tommy Brechtlein and John Pattitucci, Jean-Luc Ponty’s quintet, Johnny Halliday, Gerry Mulligan, Chuck Mangione, Lee Ritenour, and Jazz Rock with the Yellowjackets guided by Russel Ferrante on keyboards, David Sanborn comes back to Montreux with his band and Hiram Bullock (guitar) among others. Exceptional evening July 14 with the come back of Milton Nascimento surrounded by 7 brazilian musicians, later Carlos Santana playing with ....Wayne Shorter and their musicians Patrice Rushen, Chester Thompson, Alphonso Johnson, Ndugu Chancler, Armando Peraza, and Chepito Areas and, as if the menu was not important enough, Joe Satriani (probably born with a guitar in his hands…) plays with his smashing trio band. Monty Alexander and Randy Weston play July 15 and George Duke & Friends (Ndugu Chancler, Stanley Clarke et Rique Pantoja) are part of the same night. The Montreux Jazz evenings also include, among others, George Benson, Tracy Chapman, Kassav, Abdullah Ibrahim, the cool man Papa John Creach (violin), Womack & Womack, James Taylor, Herbie Hancock who is secured with Michael Brecker, Al Foster and Buster Williams. Steve Gadd comes back after 12 years with his new band (Eddie Gomez, Cornell Dupree, Richard Tee and Ronnie Cuber).
Montreux welcomes very widely THE music in general.

Montreux Jazz Festival 1988

1989

Montreux Jazz Festival

From July 6 to 22. The eclecticism goes on. From American Rock music with Little Feat, Reggae music with the Wailers Band who was the backing band for Bob Marley from 1974 until Bob Marley's death in 1981, and "War" with Rock and Funk influences, brazilian music with Pepeu Gomez, Joao Bosco, Joao Gilberto, Caetano Veloso ou Wagner Tiso, African music with Youssou N’Dour. Miles Davis is back for his numerous fans with some new musicians consisting of two bass players and two keyboard players, Van Morisson with a Big Band (Dallas Jazz Orchestra) and the Blues Brothers, Albert King breaks ice with his strong Blues Rock project, Joan Baez and her "Malaco Band", The American rock and roll, rhythm Blues and Soul vocal band created in 1953, The Drifters. Stanley Jordan is back with a trio and the "Mystère des voix bulgares" surprise more than one. Herbie Hancock and his "Headhunters" including amazing musicians as Darryl Jones, Mino Cinelu, Ndugu Chancler, Bill Evans and Wah Wah Jackson deliver a heavy Jazz Rock sound. Spyro Gyra is back and so is Steps Ahead with a brand new band. The only original musician being Mike Mainieri. Let us make mention of George Duke/Stanley Clarke and Rayford Griffin with Chaka Khan as guest singer. George Benson ventures on stage with a 4 piece band including McCoy Tyner on piano. We meet Dizzie Gillespie with Phil Woods and Bobby Hutcherson, Dianne Reeves, Tania Tikaram, Chico Hamilton, blessed guitarist trio by name Bireli Lagrene, Al DiMeola and Larry Coryell, Georgie Fame, The Ramsey Lewis Quartet, Etta James, BBKing, Carmen McRae, Spyro Gyra, Larry Carlton, Worldmusic with Farafina or Soul music with Lou Rawls and Elvis Costello.

Montreux Jazz Festival 1989

1990

Montreux Jazz Festival

From July 6 to 21. The Festival starts with brazilan rhythm. Jorge Ben and his 5 musicians are honored to open this 24th edition. The come back of American Rock Little Feat. High quality Blues with Gary Moore and Albert King. Miles Davis is back with new musicians and dazzles the audience. The same evening Wayne Shorter (did play with Miles, then with Weather Report) gives an astonishing performance with Larry Coryell (guitar), Jim Beard (keyboards), Ronnie Burrage (drums) and Jeff Andrews (bass). Roberta Flack steps on the Montreux stage for the third time together with eight musicians, The Neville Brothers, The Yellowjackets, Nina Simone, Alexandre Bugnon, Rachelle Ferrell, Count Basie, George Benson, Michel Petrucciani, David Sanborn, Etta James, Al Jarreau, Van Morrison et Dizzy Gillespie with the United Nation Orchestra. Rock-Funk evening with Kool and the Gang, Jack DeJohnette quartet with Herbie Hancock Dave Holland and Pat Metheny, Blues with John Lee Hooker, BBKing, Luther Johnson and not to be forgotten : Bill Frisell trio, Andy Summers’s band with Sting (Andy and Sting from Police) with drummer Chad Wackerman (long time with Frank Zappa among others) and Vinx with Sting July 20 at the Montreux Casino.

Montreux Jazz Festival 1990

1991

Montreux Jazz Festival

The 25th anniversary of the Festival is also the 700th anniversary of the Swiss Confederation ! Co-produced by Quincy Jones the curtain opens for an acoustic concert by Sting, followed by Bootsy Collins, The progressive Rock with the legendary Moody Blues and Toto. Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt, Jean-Luc Ponty, Blues represented by BBKing, Champion jack Dupree, Allen Toussaint and his band, Robert Cray Band & The Memphis Horns, John Hammond and brazil by Milton Nascimento, Gal Costa and Gilberto Gill. An interesting evening with the Don Grolnick Band including Joe Henderson, Randy Brecker, Eddie Gomez and Victor Lewis and the Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra the same evening. And it’s not over …. Andy Summers (ex Police) with Bill Evans (sax), Mitchell Forman, Darryl Jones (ex Miles Davis) and Chad Wackerman (Frank Zappa) !
July 15, another amazing evening with Herbie Hancock/Wayne Shorter/Stanley Clarke/Omar Hakim (sorry for the little cast !). Rachelle Ferrel and Dianne Reeves complete this evening. A surprise event with Ray Charles and his friends. Funk music with George Clintons and his friends including George Benson and the Count Basie Orchestra, Toots Thielemans etc. Anita Baker and David Sanborn are here for a Elektra evening But the highlight of this edition is certainly the fantastic concert given to Montreux by Miles Davis with the Gil Evans Orchestra and the George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band directed by Quincy Jones himself...

Montreux Jazz Festival 1991

1992

Montreux Jazz Festival

From July 2 to 18. Another co-production with Quincy Jones and another firework: Joe Cocker opens the Fesitval with his Rock’n Blues Band "Was not Was". Annie Lennox, Emmylou Harris, The Kronos Quartet, Tori Amos, Randy Crawford, Eddie Daniels, Gary Burton and Marc Johnson, an interesting evening with Bobby McFerrin and Quincy Jones accompanied by George Duke on keyboards. A tribute to Miles Davis night with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Tony Williams, Wallace Rodney and Ron Carter. Blues with Eric Clapton (Chuck Leavell plays keyboards – ex legendary Allman Brothers Band member), Simply Red is back, Tracy Chapman too, Joan Armatrading, The Yellowjackets and the George Duke Band. Indie-World-Fusion style with Jay Uttal who at 19 went to India to study sarod and singing with the legendary Ali Akhbar Khan. Ex-Beatles Ringo Starr is invited to Montreux and performs with prestigious Pop musicians as Joe Walsh. Nils Lofgren, Dave Edmunds, Todd Rundgreen, American musician, singer, songwriter and producer etc. A Blues evening with Buddy Guy and his band, Albert Collins breaks ice with his “Icebreakers”, The Blues Brothers with Eddie Floyd, Pop-Soul music with Tony Joe White, a Gospel evening with The Atlanta Superchoir, Andae and Sandra Crouch, Tramaine Hawkins.

Montreux Jazz Festival 1992

1993

Montreux Jazz Festival

From July 2 to 17, the logo of the poster and merchandising has been scratched by a cat’s claw and designed by Tomi Ungerer. Again with Quincy Jones, but the Festival moves from the Casino to the Convention Center. The brand new Stravinski Auditorium welcomes Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin) the brazilian Gilberto Gil, Carlos Santana and, the same evening John McLaughlin’s trio (Dennis Chambers and Joey Di Francesco), Al Jarreau is surrounded by Steve Gadd, Eric Gale, Marcus Miller, Philippe Saisse and Joe Sample. David Sanborn with Don Alias. A Jazz Power evening with Chick Corea quartet, Herbie Hancock trio and George Duke Band. A French evening by name "Vive la France" with Robert Charlebois, Manu Dibango, Ute Lemper, Stéphane Grappelli, Didier Lockwood and a Big Band conducted by Michel Legrand in which Peter Erskine plays drums. Even the "Orchestre National de Lille" is there for two special nights. One dedicated to movie soundtracks and another with world unique musical creations by Lalo Schifrin and George Duke with Stanley Clarke and Airto Moreira among many others. A surprise night July 13 with Eddie Murphy and his Psychedelic Psoul. Al Green, Chaka Khan, Fats Domino, Dr. John, Etta James, BBKing Blues Band, Anita Baker, James Brown and many other artists complete the program. The "smaller" hall—The New Q's—opens its doors to Joe Henderson, Abdullah Ibrahim, Zap Mama, Michel Petrucciani, John Scofield, Bill Frisell’s trio, Klaus Doldinger, Incognito, Digable Planets and the Gangstarr Quartet…

Montreux Jazz Festival 1993

1994

Montreux Jazz Festival

From July 1 to 16 it’s the second Festival edition in the new Congress and Convention Centre and grows to a success with no precedence: The Auditorium Stravinski and the newly inaugurated Miles Davis Hall welcome 68,000 music lovers. A new record. The marvelous summer weather attracts more than a folk of 120,000 people joining the Off-Festival on the lakeside and at the cafés. The prestigious Verve label celebrates its 50th anniversary with a 2-day party, inviting all their living legends. An entire weekend is dedicated to Brazilian music, including a tropical cruise on Lake Geneva, aboard the "Bahia Boat". The historical Latin Rock Night gathers for the very first time the chart toppers from Spain, Mexico and Argentina on the same stage. The 28th edition's stars are—among others—Bob Dylan, Natalie Cole, Stephan Eicher or Paul Rodgers & Friends (singer of Rock band Free in 1968 and Bad Company, later joins up Queen in 2004). Paul is accompanied by Neil Schon (ex Santana and Journey) Jason Bonham (son of Led Zeppelin drummer) and Brian May (Queen guitarist). More to come ....Stanley Clarke, Jean-Luc Ponty and Al DiMeola trio with pianist Monty Alexander as guest star, Johnny Cash, Bobby McFerrin, Herbie Hancock, Betty Carter, Michel Petrucciani, John Scofield & Pat Metheny, Wynton Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, Joshua Redman, Marcus Miller, Van Morrison, Keziah Jones, Miguel Bosé, Angélique Kidjo, Swiss star Stephan Eicher, Swiss Rock band Gotthard founded in 1992 – their first album remained in the charts for 15 weeks. Herbie Hancock, Betty Carter, Michel Petrucciano, John Scofield & Pat Metheny are on stage with Steve Swallow and Bill Stewart on drums, Wynton Marsalis, Ray Hargrove, Joshua Redman, Funk-Jazz with Marcus Miller (Wah Wah Johnson as guest guitarist), Luther Allison and Johnny Clyde Copeland for the Blues part, Van Morrison, Keziah Jones is on stage with a bass player and a drummer. Rory Gallagher is back with a Blues Band. Ray Bryant and Randy Weston both offer a beautiful solo piano performance and many more young talents are present such as Daniela Mercury (BRA) and The Big Geraniums (IRL), proclaimed revelation of the year.

Montreux Jazz Festival 1994

1995

Montreux Jazz Festival

29th edition. Thanks to low-price entrance tickets, the Festival celebrates another record attendance: 78,000 tickets have been sold for the different shows, and about 150,000 festival visitors ! New welcoming facilities (shuttle-buses, the re-designed Montreux Jazz Café, the collaboration with the Casino, DJs during the week-end and musical afternoons on the terrace and at the pool) have a great success. The second « Bahia Boat » now has a little brother, the "Memphis Boat", and the numerous workshops are very attractive. The programme shows a lot of hot highlights: African Nights (Baba Maal, Salif Keita, Cheb Mami, Youssou N'Dour, Malcolm Braff & Farafina), some very catchy ska and Cuban nights, and some great moments of groove and emotion with the performances of George Clinton, Olodum, James Taylor Quartet, Guru's Jazzmatazz, Marianne Faithfull, Van Morrison, Ska night with The Specials, Ice T, Morphine, Jamiroquai, James Brown, Chaka Khan, B.B. King, Lucky Peterson, Randy Weston, James Brown, Tony Bennett, Gary Moore, Jimmy Smith or John McLaughlin and his new band Free Spirits, Joe Henderson, Dr John, Wild Magnolias, Jacky Terrasson, All 4 One, Manhattan Transfer or James Carter and Joan Armatrading among others. For the first time the Montreux Jazz Festival will be connected to the Internet. All information, program, biographies and photos of artists, ordering tickets, selling posters etc are available on the WEB from July 1. The poster has been designed by David Bowie.

Montreux Jazz Festival 1995

1996

Montreux Jazz Festival

30th anniversary of the Festival. The whole "Swiss Riviera", from Villeneuve to Vevey, lives a 16 non stop day-and-night "Jazz-Blues-Samba-Rock" experience. The program, especially concocted for this extraordinary anniversary-edition, is filled with living legends: Deep Purple is back to Montreux 25 years after having written their greatest success to date "Smoke on the Water" a few days after the Casino caught fire while Frank Zappa was giving one of his best gigs. The musicians are the same except for guitarist Steve Morse who replaces Richie Blackmore. In the same music style : ZZ Top and Santana. July 5, Stephan Eicher invites over one hundred musicians and dancers he met on his recent trips around the world, Phil Collins presents his Big Band Project specifically created for the occasion and played some Genesis songs. Quincy Jones conducts the WDR Big Band, and Montreux can finaly listen for the very first (and long awaited) time the mythical Brazilian singer Maria Bethânia and her sublime voice, violent and poetic at the same time. Other big names include the guitar trio Paco de Lucia, Al Di Meola and John McLaughlin, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Marcus Miller, Simply Red, Little Richard, Elvis Costello, Zucchero, Bo Diddley and his numerous strange shape guitars, Clarence Gatemouth Brown, Otis Rush, Al Jarreau, Isaac Hayes, George Benson, Touré Kunda, Lenny White, the Woodstock man Richie Havens, McCoy Tyner featuring Michael Brecker (sax), Horace Silver, the divine Cassandra Wilson who captivates the audience. .… and Charles Aznavour the son of Armenian immigrants, struggled against all the odds to launch his singing career in France. Aznavour had neither stunning film star looks nor a remarkable voice, but he had two things in his favour : a powerful on-stage charisma and incredible willpower ! This evening he pays a homage to Charles Trenet !

Montreux Jazz Festival 1996

1997

Montreux Jazz Festival

The poster has been created by James Rizzi. The Montreux Jazz Festival reminds some of the highlights of this year's edition and underlines the five "Legends", Marcus Miller, Eric Clapton, Steve Gadd, Joe Sample and David Sanborn performing on opening night. The funky Brazilian Carlinhos Brown; a "muy caliente" (very hot) show, put together with a Cuban touch by American trumpet-player Roy Hargrove; an explosive re-discovery of the energetic Earth Wind and Fire who surprised even the most skeptical listeners; a moving tribute to Charles Aznavour and his eight solo guests performing "Mes 50 ans de Chansons"; Pascal Auberson's subtle, astounding interpretation of Hubert Reeves' Big Bang, accompagnied by the Big Band of Lausanne; the remarkable collaboration between Gotthard and Montserrat Caballé; one of this year's discoveries (at the "Montreux Acoustic" concerts): talented pianist Brad Mehldau who worked his way up to the Auditorium Stravinski on July 18; Wide Mouth Mason with young Canadian singer-guitarist Shaun Verreault; the extremely inspiring Jeff Healey who plays his guitar on his lap; fascinating gypsy Goran Bregovic who gave the audience a dose of folklore from Yugoslavia; the eclectic DJ Roni Size who brought music of the future to "Talking Loud" night; the blend of African sounds and jazz with saxophonist David Murray...Here you are, to name only a few...

Montreux Jazz Festival 1997

1998

Montreux Jazz Festival

The 32nd Festival scored another success with the public, attracting some 200 000 visitors in all. The British musician and singer, Phil Collins, drew a likeable drummer to grace this year's poster. The unforgettable musical highlights at the Stravinski Auditorium included the opening of the festivities with an excellent concert by Bob Dylan; another torrid Brazilian weekend in the company of the splendid Marisa Monte, the indefatigable Gilberto Gil, the amazing Antulio Madureira and the great Banda Eva; an extraordinary blues evening with Buddy Guy and B.B. King; Herbie Hancock and The Headhunters reunited; a marathon concert performed by Carlos Santana (lasting over three hours!); the Icelandic 'phenomenon' that's Björk; a first ever performance for children with Henri Dès; a flamenco evening with Spanish star Joaquín Cortés; a memorable Atlantic Night with Phil Collins and his Big Band; the sumptuous voices of Cassandra Wilson and Al Jarreau; performances by George Benson, Michel Petrucciani, Bootsy Collins, Earth Wind and Fire, Candy Dulfer and Jorge Ben Jor; and last but not least, the discovery of an extraordinary young blues player - Kenny Wayne Shepherd. For its part, the Miles Davis Hall, making a striking debut on the Festival programme, hosted several evenings featuring emerging musical trends - techno, electro-rock, drum'n'bass, hip hop, acid jazz and so on, the most amazing of which were the electro-acoustic variations of Pierre Henry, the virtual frenzy whipped up by Jaron Lanier, and the Detour world music evening. The 'small' Festival hall was also graced with big names such as Les McCann, Billy Cobham, George Duke and The Corrs. Lastly, let us not forget Festival Off, the two boats, Samba and Salsa, the Montreux Jazz Café, the workshops and the acoustic concerts.

Montreux Jazz Festival 1998

1999

Montreux Jazz Festival

Once again, from July 2 to 17, the Festival beats all previous records by attracting over 220,000 visitors to its main concert halls, lakeside Off-Festival, Montreux Jazz Café, musical cruises, acoustic concerts and workshops over the 16-day period. The variegated poster was designed by Brazilian artist Romero Britto. Staying true to its reputation, the Auditorium Stravinski welcomed, amongst this year's many highlights, saxophonist Charles Lloyd, vocalist Rachelle Ferrell, a moving tribute to bluesman Jimmy Rogers, R.E.M.'s electrifying performance, B.B. King's 50 years in music, guitarist Pat Metheny, saxophonist David Sanborn and pianist Herbie Hancock (all on the same evening, performing with their bands), George Duke's spontaneity, James Taylor's sensitivity, singer Noa's charm and Alanis Morissette's aura. While continuing in last year's exploration of new musical tendencies, the Miles Davis Hall also extended its arms to world music. The musical voyage and fusion began in Jamaica with a great reggae night; it continued with Celtic culture, African spontaneity, Greek music, the mysteries of Lapland, Indian percussion, as well as Northern African and Turkish traditional sonorities. But may none of this overshadow jazz, which remained omnipresent throughout the event, namely on three nights hosted by the music labels TCB, Warner Jazz and ACT. One of this edition's major innovations was a jazz piano solo competition where Swiss musician Léo Tardin won the first prize.

Montreux Jazz Festival 1999

2000

Montreux Jazz Festival

Braving one of the wettest summers on record, the Festival equaled attendance records and initiated or developed a whole roster of events and activities: the Montreux Jazz Café, the Festival Off, four musical lake cruises, as many musical train trips, workshops, acoustic concerts, the Piano Jazz Solo competition (second edition), the Swiss Jazz Musician competition (new), the extension of quayside activities right into the center of town and, finally, the new "Village Fribourgeois" established under the magnificent Covered Market. In the main festival venues, meanwhile, new highlights were added to the festival's collective memory. In the Auditorium Stravinski: the twentieth anniversary of Huey Lewis & The News, the revelation of great new soul vocalists (Macy Gray, Angie Stone), the tribute to Serge Gainsbourg, B.B. King's seventy-fifth birthday, Suzanne Vega's intimate poetry, D'Angelo's breathtaking show, the grandeur of Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette Trio, the summit meeting of George Benson and Diana Krall, Lionel Richie's irresistible charm, the magic fingers of pianist Brad Mehldau and the uncompromising sound of rock legends Deep Purple. The Miles Davis Hall offered a grand tour of musical styles from around the planet: reggae, fado, flamenco, latino beats, hip hop, various jazz tendencies, rock, drum'n'bass, funk, the wide and protean universe of electronic music and so on. And we should also mention the names of a number of significant or emerging talents such as St Germain, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Courtney Pine, Mos Def, Everything But The Girl, Keziah Jones, Nils Petter Molvær, Laurence Revey, Les Négresses Vertes or Gilles Peterson.

Montreux Jazz Festival 2000

2001

Montreux Jazz Festival

The Festival celebrates its 35th anniversary ! The poster of the Festival is designed by Mathias Winkler, an upcoming artist from Bern. The programme of the Festival contains something for everyone. The artists include Basement Jaxx, Fontella Bass, Beck, Calexico, George Clinton, David Gray, Alanis Morrissette, Tricky...

Back to the roots on this 35th anniversary ! Four nights at the Casino of Montreux are organised in order to bring back the atmosphere of the old jazz clubs with performances by Jimmy Scott & the Jazz Expressions, Randy Weston and the Joshua Redman Quartet amongst others.

The Festival celebrates the third annual Solo Piano Competition. The workshops always make the music lovers happy, this year featuring Saul Williams, BB King, Joshua Redman, Jorge Ben Jor, Bobby McFerrin and Patti Smith amongst others. The Master Classes on the other hand are for young musicians and jazz school students that have already proven their talent.
But that is not everything! Every year people come back to Montreux to live the fabulous atmosphere at the Festival OFF. The whole town is bathed in music at the Montreux Jazz Café until the sun rises. To satisfy the younger music fans the "Scène Bleu" was created. This is a way to bring the taste of music to young people under 18 with breakdancing, hip hop and samba classes.

Montreux Jazz Festival 2001

2002

Montreux Jazz Festival

The 36th Montreux Jazz Festival welcomes many new events.
These include:
The Montreux Jazz Club offers Stravinski ticket holders the chance to enjoy acoustic sets and jam sessions to end a perfect day of music. The artists appearing include Mohair, the musicians of Erykah Badu and Joe Sample.
Art exhibition of the Belgian artist Lois Joos. Organised in conjunction with the BD (comic strip) Festival of Sierre.
The "Sceène Bleu" is renamed to "Montreux Jazz Young Planet" with the help of the young people of Montreux.
The cinema "Why Not?" shows jazz films to Casino audiences.
Launch of the International Sax Competition in association with the Jeremy & Kim White Foundation.
Issue of a compilation set featuring all of Miles Davis's Montreux performances over the years.
Unveiling of comemorative busts of BB King and Ray Charles beside the lake in Montreux.
Montreux 2002 is the year of David Bowie.

Other headliners include Paul Simon, The Keith Jarret Trio, Jamiroquai, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Joe Cocker, Issac Hayes, Garbage, Marianne Faithful. The Miles Davis Hall offered an electic and innovative programme: Michael Franti, Slayer, Muse, Gemma Hayes, Cake, Soul Designer...
The workshops and Master Classes are all a great success! The Piano Solo Competition was won by marius vernescu from Romania. Soweto Kinch of the UK overcame all other competitiors to win the International Sax Competition. The Thinh Nguyen Quartet from Bern take the Montreux Jazz Chrysler award.

Montreux Jazz Festival 2002

2003

Montreux Jazz Festival

The 37th edition of the Festival is indisputably an exceptional one: the hot temperatures and the quality of the concerts creating a very high attendance level. For 17 evenings, the Auditorium Stravinski hosts many memorable performances with, among many others, Morcheeba, George Benson, Bonnie Raitt, Tom McRae, Craig David, Chico César, Herbert Grönemeyer, Joao Gilberto, Lisa Stansfield, ZZ Top and Krokus. Some of the artists who've already performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival are back this summer, such as Jethro Tull, Yes, Gilberto Gil, Maria Bethânia, Natalie Cole, Noa, The Crusaders, Randy Crawford, Van Morrisson, The Pretenders, Simply Red, Jamiroquai, etc. The big event this year is without contest Radiohead that certainly didn't disappoint the happy few who attended the concert.

A few floors down, the Miles Davis Hall resounds with daring performances, groovy rhythms and resourceful shows starring Cypress Hill, The Rapture, The Streets, Appliance, Echoboy, Goldfrapp, Laurent Garnier & Bugge Wesseltoft, David Holmes Free Association, Jaga Jazzist, Jimi Tenor, Nada Surf, Stereophonics, Tricky, Flaming Lips, Susheela Raman, Mercan Dede, the Orchestre National de Barbès, King Crimson, Joe Jackson Band, Roy Ayers, Dwele, The Roots, Ellen Allien, Richie Hawtin, 2 Many DJ's and many others.

The new hall situated at the Casino Barrière is animated for seven evenings, with in particular Michel Jonasz, Tony Benett, Charles Lloyd, John Abercrombie, Pierre Audétat, Jean-François Bovard, Soweto Kinch and Cassandra Wilson. Not to be forgotten: Richard Galliano paying a tribute to Astor Piazzolla and Biréli Lagrène paying homage to Django Rheinhardt.
As for the night-birds, the Montreux Jazz Club offers unforgettable jam sessions, with for example Keziah Jones, who turned up unexpectedly. Last but not least, a large spectrum of Swiss and International DJ's perform every night at the Montreux Jazz Café.

This summer, the workshops (privileged encounters between the artists and the audience), the stream of free concerts programmed by the Festival Off and the Happy Hour Jazz acoustic sets meet a great success. As for the competitions, a new category - the Shure Montreux Jazz Voice Competition - has been set up for the young artists. The winners are: Inga Swearingen (USA) for the voice category, Jamie Oehlers (Australia) for the saxophone category and Tigran Hamasyan (Armenia) for the piano category. Quartz obtained the Chrysler Award for being the best Swiss jazz band. The Suisa awarded Peter Zihlman, as the best composer.

Montreux Jazz Festival 2003

2004

Montreux Jazz Festival

From 2nd to 17th July, Montreux vibrated, for the 38th time, to the rhythm of the Festival. Marked by the strong presence of jazz and unforgettable musical moments, this edition beat all the records with 100,000 spectators and about 220,000 visitors on the site despite bad weather conditions.

The biggest hall of the Festival, the Auditorium Stravinski, hosted a few big names of the moment, such as Alicia Keys, KoRn, The Corrs, Sean Paul, Dido, Seal and mythical groups like BB King, Dr John, Solomon Burke, Van Morrison, Patti LaBelle, Jorge Ben Jor, Buddy Guy, Deep Purple, Cheap Trick and Chic. Carlos Santana was with no doubt the star of this edition as he performed during three nights, one of which holding the exceptional project entitled "Hymns for Peace". In the new talents category, Renee Olstead was particularly impressive.

The Miles Davis Hall and its diverse and avant-garde programme seduced a large audience. A blend of numerous styles in which rock, electro pop, hip hop, reggae, world music, soul, R&B, rock, pop-folk were honoured. The venue also offered a mix between new discoveries and established artists: PJ Harvey, Black Rebel Motor Cycle, Archive, Gentleman, Yami Bolo, Avril, Blonde Redhead, Black Eyed Peas, Roots, George Clinton, Manuva, Ty, Tha Alkaholiks, Mark Ronson, Joss Stone, Tony Allen, Scissor Sisters, Michael Franti, Doctor L, Amp Fiddler, Suzanne Vega, Kings of Convenience and many others.

Montreux Jazz Festival 2004

2005

Montreux Jazz Festival

It’s well known : it needs more than bad weather to discourage fans coming to the Festival. The proof is that the 39th edition of this festival has been brilliant. More than 220’000 visitors came to Montreux between 1st and 16th July. The four concert halls have welcomed near to 96’000 people.
The Auditorium Stravinski itself welcomed 52’000 people. The festival starts with a celtic evening with "The Corrs" and the new fashion of the English pop music James Blunt.


During those 16 days one could listen to Robert Cray Band, Solomon Burke and the Master of the blues B.B. King. But also the four members of Apocaliptica and the metal-glam Alice Cooper or the young and charming Emiliana Torrini or even the mythic Crosby, Stills & Nash. But also Robert Botos, Oscar Peterson Quartet, Craig David or the acid Jazz Incognito.


But this is not all. The Cuban music has not been forgotten with the kind and nice looking old guy Ibrahim Ferrer who unfortunately left us a few weeks later.


At the Miles Davis, not less than 45 bands played, every evening different musical styles and lots of interesting discoveries. Salsa, electro with Death In Vegas or Reggae with a legend by name Barrington Levy. One unforgettable evening with the Young Gods offering to the public their light and sound show or Seul Jorge and Tom Zé for a brasilian night.


Funk music with Jack Splash leader of The Plantlife., The furious And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead, Isis and Audioslave and in a complete other style of music : Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare or the fifth Element Cres and DJ Asher Selector at the Miles Davis.


At the Casino the program was also very various. Great voices as Marianne Faithfull, Tori Amos, Juliette Gréco, Lisa Stansfield or Michel Jonasz have given to the public some amazing evenings. One must not forget the exceptional show of Bobby McFerrin alone on the stage or with Fazil Say or Joe Sample. Some Jazz icons on stage : McCoy Tyner, Steps Ahead, Jean Luc Ponty-Stanley Clarke-Bela Fleck, Georges Duke . A Cuban evening with Chucho Valdes and Arturo Sandoval.


The Montreux Jazz Festival also has lots of outside activities. Jazz trains or boats attracting 5’700 visitors or the Montreux Happy Hour Jazz with free concerts, Under the Sky with 78 bands playing around, workshops, fairs, lots of activities for everyone. The Montreux Jazz Young Planet for kids to meet, play, talk and for them to party in another way.

Montreux Jazz Festival 2005

2006

Montreux Jazz Festival

"The Montreux Jazz Festival is 40 years old, so what ? Come back tomorrow, it’ill be 41 !” Claude Nobs chuckles.
The firework starts June 30th with a special tribute to Ahmet Ertegun founder of the Atlantic Records in the 50’s at the Auditorium Stravinski among others Solomon Burke, Chic & Nile Rodgers, George Duke, Kid Rock, Ben E. King, Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin) (Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck were forseen but missing) Steve Winwood (ex Traffic) Stevie Nicks (ex Fleetwood Mac) and The Atlantic Soul All Stars with Les McCann and Cornell Dupree, Ronnie Cuber, Jerry Jemmott and Buddy Williams.

The next day, July 1st, The Black Eyed Peas performed at the Stravinski Hall and The Clarke/Duke project and Klaus Doldinger Passport at the Casino Barrière.
Tribute to Nesuhi Ertegun (Ahmet’s elder brother who died unfortunately in 1989 in New York) July 2nd with Ornette Coleman, the controversial saxophonist who’s capable of everything even to play with Lou Reed…. He remains a legendary figure of the avant-garde. Joe Sample and Van Morrisson play at the Casino. Al Jarreau and David Sanborn too
B.B. King ans his friends, "he’s been in Montreux nineteen times but each time his kindness and the way he wants to share things with the public is amazing".
Great success for Massive Attack Tuesday July 4th and the stunning performance of the ginger-haired Mick Hucknall, alias Simply Red, July 5th. Her charisma is 100% intact, her conviction even more so, Tracy Chapman’s back with her 3 musicians for an exceptional 17 songs performance at the Stravinski Hall.

From the mid-'80s to the mid-'90s, Canadian singer/songwriter and guitarist Bryan Adams was one of the most successful recording artists in popular music. He’s proved it at the Stravinski Hall July 6th while Jack DeJohnette, John Scofield and Larry Goldings have charmed the public after the solo performance of Abdullah Ibrahim.

And Brazil. Ney Matogrosso has already made a name for himself with his sensual and extravagant shows, Maria Rita, the only lady here this evening, Martinho da Vila the most popular samba star in the whole of Brazil, Gilberto Gil, familiar figure at the Montreux Jazz but also current Minister of Culture, Carlinhos Brown and his music patchwork all this was at the Stravinski while Chick Corea and his "Mozart Project" explores the four corners of the music universe at the Casino. Chick Corea is arguably best known for his work during the 1970s in the genre of jazz fusion. The word "fusion" is a symbolic part of his vocabulary although his contributions to straight-ahead jazz have been tremendous. He participated in the birth of the electric fusion movement as a member of Miles Davis’s band in the 1960’s and in the 1970’s formed Return to Forever.

July 9th, "Dance to the Beat of my Drum" Carlos Santana has developed an incandescent dialogue with performers from the African diaspora and the Brazilian singer and percussionist Carlinhos Brown with a large number of participants. These include Touré Kunda, Mory Kanté, Angélique Kidjo, Ismael Lô, the Kora Jazz trio. While Taj Mahal and Randy Newman did manage at the Casino.

July 10th "My Blues is Deep" in homage to the victims and the musicians who lost all they had during the terrible catastrophe that hit New Orleans. Carlos Santana invites Taj Mahal, The Neville Brothers, Irma Thomas et Zucchero while at the other side of the town, at the Casino, the drummer Aldo Romano, Victoria Abril and the french Bernard Lavilliers have organised a tribute to Claude Nougaro. A few minutes after the news of Sting playing in Montreux July 11th all tickets were sold out. Prior to starting his distinguished solo career, he was the principal composer, lead singer and bass player of the 1970s/1980s rock band "The Police". This same evening Morrissey, singer and songwriter from Manchester (he rose to prominence in the 1980s as the vocalist of the English band The Smiths) sings at the Miles Davis Hall and some fabulous Jazz musicians at the Casino : Bob James, Larry Carlton, Harvey Mason, Herbie Hancock.

Santana’s third evening, July 12th, "Tower Power" is the burning breath of a brass section dnderlined by a brassy rhythm.There you could easily see Santana’s guitar pulling out all the stops. The evening was like a lucky dip, full of surprises with Eagle Eye Cherry, Paul Sean among so many others. Marcus Miller’s a magician of the string. They resonate with agility and precision. Not only that. He’s one behind "Tutu", Miles Davis’s memorable album (1986). Interesting world music with a trio composed of Zakir Hussain, tablas Master, Eric Harland. piano and percussions and Charles Lloyd tenor sax. Adventurous and in the footsteps of Coltrane.

July 13th Sean Paul (real name : Sean Paul Ryan Francis Henriques) born January 9th 1973 at Kingston, Jamaica. Dancehall music was Sean Paul's first love, and he became proficient at crafting rhythm tracks. He was closely connected to the reggae-pop band "Third World".

Ask the 64-year-old soul singer Solomon Burke and he'll oblige lengthily and almost apologetically about the good fortune in his life, crediting it to God. He isn't just a singer, you see, he's a practicing bishop in the Church of the House of God for All People in Los Angeles, where he oversees a chain of mortuaries. For a man who does all that and sits on the board of the world's greatest soul singers, Burke is as humble as he is amiable. July 13th Casino Montreux.

July 14th was not only the French independence day but it was also the evening for Gotthard, the most well knowned Swiss rock band and Iggy & The Stooges the legendary punk group he started off with. Iggy Pop and the Asheton Brothers let it all out with "I Wanna Be Your Dog". Deep Purple need no introduction as one of the all-time great British rock bands. Their association with Montreux goes back to the early seventies when their attempt to record their album "Machine Head" at the Montreux Casino was thwarted when it promptly burnt down forcing them to make the album in the rooms and corridors of the Grand Hotel instead. The story was of course immortalised in their classic song “Smoke On The Water” which was the climax of this 2006 concert. Not only was the repertoire near to perfect but many songs everybody remembered were performed during this evening. "Strange kind of woman", "Space truckin", "Highway star", "Pictures of home", "Hush", "Lazy, Black Night ".

Montreux Jazz Festival 2006

2007

Montreux Jazz Festival

It all started in the Miles Davis Hall, Friday July 6th. Claude Nobs brought on stage the most well known musicians from Senegal. Two kings on the same stage. Ismael Lô for Folk music and Youssou Ndour for the Mbalakh. A complete different style the next day at the Stravinski Hall. More than 15 years after their split, the four musicians (Dio, Iommi, Butler, Appice) from the legendary hard-rock band, Black Sabbath, are back for a unique world tour with a few brand new recordings as well. A one and only chance to see this band, which was so influential in its genre and became an international success. Their name ? Heaven and Hell. The huge crowd of fans did not have the time to realize what happened on stage that Motörhead stepped in. One of the greatest heavy metal bands since the 70s and inventor of trash metal. Tatoos all over their bodies, long hair, gothic scenography, smoke and flames flashing on stage. We are far away from the cool and cosy athmosphere of a Jazz club ! Motörhead remains a giant in its genre and the Stravinkski was on fire.

Sunday, John Legend walks on stage. He is a R&B singer who won three Grammy Awards of which best new artist and best R&B album. Two masters together in the Miles Davis hall. Gary Burton and Chick Corea. Gary Burton is, with no doubt, one of the two greatest vibraphone players to emerge since the ‘60s (along with Bobby Hutcherson), Gary Burton and his 4-mallet technique makes you sometimes believe he is playing with 2 or 3 other people. Chick Corea has made his name from the 1960’s already. He has met and played with the most well known musicians as Miles Davis. Meanwhile in the Stravinski Hall the alternative rock band Placebo with the talented Brian Molko comes on stage. They have been one of the most talked-about bands since their debut in 1996. Their songs swing brilliantly between rock, soft melodies and more electro sounds. Five albums and many world tours later, Placebo continues to keep their place at the top of the charts. The Beastie Boys are from New York and are easily considered amongst the most important and ambitious artists of the ‘90s and still today. Their recordings cover many different genres from punk rock to funk but with a distinctly rap and hip hop feel. Brad Mehldau the pianist and Pat Metheny the guitarist have joined their talent in the Miles Davis Hall July 11th. Pat Metheny and his band Pat Metheny Group, founded in 1977 with piano player Lyle Mays, has recorded 13 albums ! Plus many collaborations with stars as Jaco Pastorius, Gary Burton, Chick Corea or Herbie Hancock. July 12th George Benson steps on stage and took over the show. George Benson is simply the best guitarist of the whole Jazz history. He can play any style of music with an amazing skill. Al Jarreau and Tori Amos are part of the evening and so is a contemporary rock band from the US called Wilco. Next day one could enjoy listening to Living Color. They met in the New York ghetto in 1984 but the real event was Friday 13th : Sly and The Family Stone. Eventhough younger people will not remember the band, their influence can still be heard in today's music which is a mixture of funk, soul and psyche rock... Due to the fact that Sly Stone dissapeared from the scene at the beginning of the 80s, something like a Sly Stone mythos surrounds his band. Very popular between 1965 and 1975 they have influenced many pop artists mostly because of belting their message of peace. Expected as the Messiah, Sly Stone provided the audience a 25 minutes gig. Almost a record considering his bad health. He tries to save everything he can but one can feel that he is not able to give more. Claude Nobs recalls : "The musicians have given a great show. In Italy the previous day, he only performed a single song. Here in Montreux he did five. His voice is still the same but his body cannot follow anymore. This is obvious". Brasil Night July 14th with Alceu Valença among other artists from accross the sea ! July 15th Jeff Beck. His technique equals or surpasses that of any other rock player. During a brief pre-Hendrix period (1965-66), Beck stood head and shoulders above his competitors (including Eric Clapton), with blinding speed and inventive use of feedback and distortion. He continued to demonstrate his astounding mastery of the instrument on a long series of solo records, culminating in a highly successful jazz fusion period during the mid-70s. However, his inconsistent songwriting and inability to keep a band together - quitting the Yardbirds at their peak, and letting Rod Stewart slip through his fingers in 1969 - may have kept him from achieving anything resembling Hendrix's level of popularity. Lets not forget Vinnie Colaiuta this same evening. Long time Frank Zappa’s drummer. A producer once told Vinnie that if you threw Tony Williams and Steve Gadd into a blender, Vinnie would be the tasteful concoction !
July 16th the kid from Minneapolis, pop superstar PRINCE stunned 4500 fans at the Festival. The singer/songwriter gave fans only a few hours to snap up tickets for the intimate surprise show, during which he performed tracks from his new album Planet Earth. Lucky fans who were able to grab tickets for the sold out show were also treated to an acoustic version of classic track Little Red Corvette. The show started with a 45 minutes delay at 9.45pm. Unfortunately Prince did not allow any recording of his show. Huge surprise by 3am Prince appeared in the Jazz Café, where his musicians were jaming. He offered two songs and gave the opportunity to all present photographers to snap a few pictures.

July 17th, The daughter of the sitar maestro Ravi Shankar and Sue Jones, Norah Jones walks on the stage at the Auditorium Stravinski in a red dress, strapless, her hair pulled back, her skin shiny and radiant. "I hope you think that I am glowing", she said. She had no difficulty to capture the public. Next day Van Morrison and Candy Dulfer perform at the Stravinski Hall. Dulfer who is one of the best saxophonists in the world of jazz has no problem in satisfying the audience while the Miles Davis Hall welcomes one of the biggest names in American rap music from the ‘90s. Originally from New York, the Wu-Tang Clan is a collaboration of 9 MCs, most of whom have gone onto lucrative solo careers. B-52’s is an american rock/pop band born in the middle of New Wave music in the beginning of the 80’s. They had no trouble soothing the public. Great performance of he Pet Shop Boys, Booker T & the MG’s, Dr. John or Solomon Burke one of the pioneers of American soul music with his combination of gospel, pop and country music. The last evening was for Seal, Jimmy Cliff "reggae night" and Candy Dulfer.

Let us not forget the "Under the Sky" Festival which offers free performances to the public next to the Stravinski Hall with many excellent bands. A special thank to "Dios Salve a la Reina" from Argentina July 21st They performed Queen songs under uncontinuous rain falls. It did not stop all their fans to come from all over Switzerland for this last day of the Festival.

Montreux Jazz Festival 2007

2008

Montreux Jazz Festival

From July 4th to 19th 2008, the 42nd edition of the Montreux Jazz Festival - lasting only three days and concentrated exclusively on Jazz when it was first held in 1967 - has since grown into a gigantic international spectacle. Over 16 days, musicians – from newcomers to legends – from all over the world come and go. Musical forms other than Jazz have long since become part of the celebration, and now high-class musicians representing just about every musical form produce a colourful mixture of sounds.

Therefore, visitors to the Festival can expect not only some outstanding concerts, but also some unforgettable experiences. As every year, top acts have performed at the Miles Davis Hall and the Stravinsky Auditorium, but there were also over 300 free concerts by artists of all types, staged daily from noon until late at night at various venues. The "Festival Off" also includes the popular musical cruises on the Samba, Salsa, Gospel and Dance boats, which invite festival-goers to take part in a floating carnival.

The talented Erykah Badu, often compared to Billie Holiday for her languorous voice, was the last artist on stage at the 2000 Montreux Jazz Festival, mentions Claude Nobs. Nothing but normal that she opens the curtain of the 2008 Festival with her unclassifiable style. The inventor of Neo Soul comes back five years after the release of her last album. "N.E.R.D." (No One Ever Really Dies) is a side project of The Neptunes, created by the two successful Pop producers Chad Hugo and Pharrell Williams. "N.E.R.D." is not the Neptunes. "N.E.R.D." is the offspring of the Neptunes id, a fly-or-die, thrash-around, set-your-soul-on-fire alter-ego that subscribes to no rules, adheres to no agenda.” Mixing Hip-hop with Funk-Rock, their show was amazing and was not to miss.

Next day, July 5th, one of the most popular rockers of the ‘90s, Sheryl Crow, comes back 12 years after her last concert in Montreux followed by Joe Jackson who, despite his early image as dapper new-wave rocker, has never allowed himself to be limited in where he can go. At Miles Davis Hall no less than 9 Reggae band performed this same evening among which where Michael Rose and the Dubline Band, Chezidek, Prince Alla, Earl 16, Sylford Walker etc. Surprise at Stravinski Hall with the Grammy Award Canadian songwriter k.d. lang overwhelming the public with emotional force, and Joan Baez coming back to Montreux after so many years. Big surprise with the improvised concerts of 6 musicians from Ghana and their traditional instruments on stage of the Strav, just after Joan Baez’ concert: Claude Nobs having discovered them playing in the streets of Montreux brought them on stage – and the whole audience was just charmed! The next day brought a Blues Night with Otis Taylor, Buddy Guy, Gary Moore and John Mayall and his Bluesbreakers.

Star of the 2008 edition of Montreux Jazz Festival, Leonard Cohen, has been one of the most important and influential songwriters of our time. Author of the song "Suzanne", Leonard Cohen, 73, has not been on stage for 15 years and has shared with the audience a very emotional evening. At the same time British band Madness, who were one of the leading bands of the Ska revival in the late '70s and early '80s, performed at Miles Davis Hall. July 9th, Paul Simon who is amongst the best and most popular songwriters of the Rock era stepped on stage wearing a Borsalino hat, greeting the audience and starting to play and sing in front of a packed full concert hall. They all came for Mrs Robinson of course or Slip Slidin'Away ... On July 10th performed a Rock band from Scotland, Travis, and the next day Roberta Flack showed up, a part of the musical and Montreux history. Her first Montreux concert was in 1968, followed by 1970 for the Golden Rose Festival, then in 1971 sharing the Festival with another great voice: Aretha Franklin. One of the most influent Pop and R&B saxophone players for the last 20 years comes back to Montreux. His name is David Sanborn, he did collaborate with Paul Butterfield, Gil Evans, Stevie Wonder, David Bowie or the Brecker Brothers, but also played with the greatest blues stars as Albert King. Later in the evening, one of the best American Jazz-Funk bands performed. No matter who you are, where you live, or what your taste in music is, Tower of Power will find you. And once that happens, it's all over. You will come to believe not only that soul music is the salvation of us all, but that Tower of Power is one of those rare bands who can claim to be the real deal, 100 proof, aged-to-perfection, ground zero Soul. While this was happening, Richard Galliano performed at the Miles Davis Hall. Who is Galliano ? It can be said that he is actually simply the best Jazz accordionist in the world.

July 13th, Herbie Hancock, the Jazz keyboard genius, comes back to Montreux with great musicians such as Dave Holland, Lionel Loueke and Chris Potter, Chaka Khan shares the stage with Rahsaan Patterson and Ledisi, American Soul and R&B artist from New Orleans who started music when she was only 8. At the same time, at the Miles Davis Hall, the Brazilian Fever started with Joao Bosco and Milton Nascimento and the Jobim Trio.

Next day is a special evening. The next evening an exceptional night tribute to Quincy Jones: more than twenty artists performed at the Auditorium Stravinsky, celebrating the 75th anniversary of this music legend. They all were accompanied by the Swiss Army Big Band directed by Pepe Lienhard. Amongst the great artists on stage were Billy Cobham, Herbie Hancock, Al Jarreau, Petula Clark, Angélique Kidjo, James Moody, Naturally 7, Lee Ritenour, Joe Sample, Larry Williams or Nana Mouskouri. Only 2’800 lucky people had the chance to grab a ticket for this exceptional night prepared by Claude Nobs for months. At the Miles Davis Hall, pure Hard Rock with the Scots Nazareth celebrating their 40 years of existence and Saxon, British band formed in 1977. July 16th, Joe Sample and the Crusaders take us all back to the '60's when they released their first albums. Mixing R&B, Memphis Soul and Hard Bop they were an attraction wherever they performed. Nils Landgren the man with the red trombone, author of many successful albums, performed together with the Crusaders. Later he introduced his own band, The Funk Unit, and they offered to the audience a solid Funk music. The evening ended with Mick Hucknall. After an illustrious career with Simply Red, this man decided to do something different: a tribute to Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland. "He’s one of the vocalists who influenced my singing style long before I became a slave to pop success". A master class in soul, blues and R&B, Hucknall transforms the thoughtfully selected covers into his own. At the same moment the British poetic, chaotic rock band Babyshambles were performing at the packed full Miles Davis Hall. Babyshambles were formed in 2003 by Pete Doherty just as the Libertines were beginning to fall apart. Lenny Kravitz was on stage July 16th. Multi-talented singer-songwriter, who has sold an estimated thirty million albums worldwide. His unique style touched upon such genres as Soul, Funk, Reggae, Psychedelic Rock or Folk and was influenced by artists like Prince, Bob Marley or Jimi Hendrix. The next day, Nine-time Grammy Awards winner Alicia Keys is back in Montreux for a 90 minutes gig mixing old and new songs and titles from her 3rd album "As I Am". Her 2004 show already seduced the audience at the Stravinsky Hall.

July 18th, the evening is focused on Marcus Miller. Grammy Award-winning Jazz musician, composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist for more than 30 years, he has become a musical reference. Not only has Miller been involved in the continuing development of a technique known as "slapping", but his fretless bass technique has also served as an inspiration to many, and has taken the fretless bass into musical situations and genres previously unexplored with the electric bass of any description. The influences of some of the previous generation of electric bass players, especially Jaco Pastorius, are audible in Miller's playing. Marcus Miller collaborated on more than 500 albums. He recorded with artists such as Sinatra, Elton John, Jean Michel Jarre, Bryan Ferry, Bee Gees, etc. His collaboration with Miles Davis between 1980 and 1990 gave him the fame for his particular style and virtuosity. "In my opinion, Miles is the greatest musician of this time because he could combine art and Soul. However the artistically degree of his various songs would be the audience was plugged in. He could experiment abstract without loosing the human dimension". Marcus Miller had quite a large influence on Miles at this time as he became the musical director of his band.

July 18th is the return of a super Jazz Fusion band by name Return to Forever. Twenty four years after they separated, Chick Corea (keyboards) tells "What made me want to do it was just recalling how great the feeling was playing with these guys. Just the experience of playing, when I thought, Wow, yeah, that was an amazing period - fun, creative, exciting". Fabulous evening with Stanley Clarke on bass, Al di Meola on guitar and Lenny White on drums.

And to close this 42nd edition with a firework, Deep Purple, true institution of the British hard rock community, was formed in Hertford, England, in 1968. Their most enduring hit, "Smoke on the Water", was inspired by the fire of the Casino in Montreux, during a live appearance by Frank Zappa in 1971. Steve Morse (former Dixie Dregs) has replaced Richie Blackmore some years ago.

This edition ended up with positive figures and the total of tickets sold for this 42nd Festival amounted to 87’000. This represents one of the most attended Festivals in its 42 years. More than 330 groups performed this year on the different stages, 209 of them on free venues, which let the visitors take full advantage of all the Festival’s spaces.

Montreux Jazz Festival 2008

2009

Montreux Jazz Festival

The 43rd edition of the Montreux Jazz Festival took place from July 3rd to July 18th, and it came along with a huge assortment of free events during this period, featuring workshops, concerts at the Jazz Café or at Parc Vernex, clubbing – the choice was up to the visitors !

"Sixteen days, 1’000 musicians, more than 1’000 hours of music" was the guiding theme of a meaty and eclectic program. The two principal stages were hosting about 90 concerts, within 60 as Swiss exclusivities. That’s nearly twice of what was given last year. There were namely Steely Dan, Dave Matthews and Mos Def, Black Eyed Peas, Lily Allen, Alice Cooper, Die Ärzte, Herbie Hancock & Lang Lang, Lauryn Hill, Grace Jones, Donna Summer, Grace Jones, McCoy Tyner, B.B. King and Prince.

"Given the difficult economic situation, and considering the stronger competition of other Festivals, we did not intent to haggle and bargain the artists’ fees", says Claude Nobs. "Therefore, we had to focus on exclusivities".

Some artists familiar to Montreux were here, also as Swiss exclusivities: David Sanborn and Steve Winwood performed the same day, July 9th, Monty Alexander and Angélique Kidjo on the 10th, BB King on the 12th, George Benson, Rachelle Ferrell, George Duke and Lee Ritenour the 13th, and Solomon Burke sang on the 14th. The global première of a concert gathering the Jazz pianist Harbie Hancock and the classic piano player Lang Lang was one of this year’s mayor events. The duo was accompanied by the National Orchestra of Lyon, on July 5th.
The opening of the Festival, on July 3rd, featured a Latino night and Cuban rhythms with namely Oscar D’Leon and the musicians from "New York Salsa All Stars". On Monday, July 6th, a super band composed by the cream of the crop of Jazz fusion was there: Marcus Miller, Stanley Clarke and Victor Wooten mixed the sound of their three basses to create a quite amazing harmony of sounds and rhythms.

Three nights were dedicated to Chris Blackwell who created, 50 years ago, the Island label, and who permitted the expansion of Reggae in the world. On July 13th, Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds and Marianne Faithfull were on stage. But Jazz was not forgotten, since Jazz concerts took place with the piano player and singer Jamie Cullum on July 7th, the McCoy Tyner trio with a special guest, the excellent guitar player Bill Frisell and Gary Bartz on July 14th at the Miles Davies Hall – whereas at the Stravinsky, Solomon Burke was on stage. This pioneer of R&B, looking backwards to more than 50 years of career, has definitely had a huge impact on the musical history. He is one of the biggest soul singers of all the time. On July 16th, the mythic Rock band Status Quo, put the Stravinsky on fire. This group exists since 1962, dominating the charts with more than 60 bestsellers in the UK – more than any other Rock band in history. There were back in Montreux after they played here in 2004, in a fully packed concert. The same evening, you could see on stage John Fogerty, a Rock legend, which got well known as the leader of the band Creedance Clearwater Revival. The day after, it’s Jeff Beck, one of the world most talented Rock guitar player performing at Miles Davies Hall. Claude Nobs made a good deal by announcing the non-expected performance of Prince for the last day of the Festival. Two concerts, at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m., took place. The 7’000 tickets for the two concerts have been sold within 7 minutes and 58 seconds ! In 2007 already, the American artist had aroused 4’500 persons in Montreux.

For the first time, there was no Brazilian night foreseen in the two venues. But outside, on Saturday July 11th, hot Brazilian music heated up the numerous visitors.
The ticket prices were between CHF 80 and CHF 300 (CHF 480 for the concert with Prince, on July 18th) for the Stravinsky concerts. At Miles Davies Hall, tickets were sold between CHF 65 and CHF 180. Prices quite similar to the 2008 edition.

Several events completed this menu, such as the musical cruises on the lake and the numerous free concerts. 95’000 tickets have been sold, and the organisers disposed of a 18 million francs budget.

Montreux Jazz Festival 2009

2010

Montreux Jazz Festival

From July 2nd to 17th, 2010

Phil Collins opens up the 44th edition on July 1st by performing an exclusive concert called "Up Close&Personal: Phil Collins Plays 60’s Motown & Soul". The subtle drummer of the prog-rock group Genesis offers us a musical journey throughout time: his execution of the most famous sixties R&B, soul and pop songs lists the big classics of the Motown label.

The day after, it’s up to Roxy Music, the mythical group of the seventies and forerunner of punk and glam rock, to take the Stravinsky stage in their original configuration, but without Eno. What a big surprise then is the appearance on stage of Billy Cobham and John McLaughlin, two of Miles Davis’ disciples and brilliant musicians, for a show of their talent. At the same time, at Miles Davis Hall, Beach House leaves the space to Air, an electronic French duo formed by Jean-Benoît Dunckel and Nicolas Godin having already produced five albums.

On July 3rd, Norah Jones takes possession of the Stravinsky Hall with her 4th studio album "The Fall". She could not miss the Montreux Jazz Festival while being on tour. She also declared: "Montreux is one of the most beautiful cities ever. It’s so beautiful; I wish I could live here sometimes when I’m stressed out". After having appeared surprisingly beside Willy Mason performing the first part of the night, Norah inaugurates an evening marked by jazz, folk and country. Playing alternatively guitar and piano, she charms the audience with a repertory composed mainly of her most recent compositions without forgetting her classics. In the meantime, two groups, Black Box Revelation and The Dead Weather register a huge success at Miles Davis Hall with their rock, which is not a common one, but a real rock garage, noisy in any order and decadent. Jack White, considered one of the world’s best guitar players, was performing within the group The Dead Weather as a drummer. The group included Alison Mosshart (The Kills) on vocals and the genius White for sure exploded the audience.

There was a big change at the Stravinsky the next day. Jesse Norman, for the very first time in Montreux, started singing gospel songs in a Baptist Church when she was four. She is one of the most admired contemporary opera singers. Claude Nobs and Quincy Jones introduce her to the audience. Wearing a black dress and an orange ribbon containing her abundant hair, she shows her fantastic voice and great presence on stage. Five musicians play incredibly, she starts with a Negro Spiritual and recalls that this kind of music is the origin of jazz, hip hop, R&B… of ALL the music! She introduces "Mac The Knife" in perfect German and continues with French chansons "Les chemins de l’amour" and "J’ai deux amours, mon pays et Paris". Brilliant in all styles, she finally offers an opera aria from Bizet’s Carmen "L’amour est un oiseau rebelle". The second part of her concert is dedicated to the jazz classics (Gershwin and others) that she sings with maestria.

July 6th is rocking with Billy Idol, unique survivor of Generation X, his British punk rock group he founded in the seventies. Then, Gary Moore speeds the sound with diabolic rock and blues. At Miles Davis’, it’s hurly-burly. Prince came to see Janelle Monae’s concert, the new American diva of soul. "He arrived at 5.30 pm at Geneva airport and reached Montreux an hour later" states a member of the festival staff. Wearing a sober outfit – purple tunic, of course – and mallow trousers, Prince joins the Montreux Jazz Café where three years before he performed himself. Take note that Prince just released a new opus on which we can find "Lavaux", a song dedicated, as the name states, to the vineyard region of the Vaud canton. This new Prince album again was distributed without taking advantage of the standard outlets. Saturday July 10th, it was offered with the British newspapers "Daily Mirror" and "Daily Record" as well as included in the Belgian "Het Nieuwsblad" and "De Gentenaar". On July 22nd, it appeared in the German "Rolling Stones" and the French "Courrier International".

Associating soul, groove, funk and acoustic folk, the composer and singer Ben Harper is on stage on July 7th, meanwhile at Mile Davis, they prepare the scene for Pat Metheny, world’s famous guitar player and composer who showed his passion and faith for rock and his love for jazz. He performed with Lyle Mays amongst others.
Change of register again on the day after with Massive Attack, hip-hop pioneers being amongst the most innovative and influential groups of their generation.
Paco de Lucia plays flamenco guitar. He changed a marginal instrument into global phenomena by introducing the Cajun tambour, bass and percussion, which all his fans at Miles Davis greatly appreciate.

On July 9th, an African energy invades the already heated up Stravinsky Hall. A homage to Miriam Makeba offered by Angélique Kidjo gathers the biggest stars of contemporaneous African music, amongst them Youssou N’Dour who was 50 years old recently.

Vanessa Paradis started her career in 1987, at age 14. For her very first performance in Montreux, she presents her music in an acoustic way. Alone, or nearly alone on stage, eight musicians envelop the audience with quiet music. Vanessa Paradise charms the fans at Montreux Jazz Festival.

The Keith Jarrett trio played in 1967 at the former Casino in Montreux, when the Montreux Jazz Festival gave its first edition! Here we are at the highest level of musical performance, but also in the art of improvisation by these musicians who are a reference of excellence in jazz. Keith Jarrett, American piano player, former companion of Miles Davis, is now surrounded – like in 1967 - by Gary Peacock (bass) and Jack De Johnette (drums). Brilliant concert on this Sunday July 11th !

On the evening of July 12th, the Swiss Army Band conducted by Pepe Lienhard, shares the stage with international artists for the second time. The band plays with Marc Sway, Kirsty (Ernest Bertarelli’s spouse), Seven and Petula Clark who, in 1964 in Montreux, shared the evening with a rock group called … the Rolling Stones! Meanwhile, Chick Corea plays at Miles Davis with Kenny Garrett, Roy Haynes and Christian McBride and his Freedom Band, distilling pure jazz.

Diana Krall shows up to a fully packed Stravinsky Hall for one and a half hours of jazz. Later in the evening, her husband Elvis Costello surrounded by the Sugarcanes, makes the end of the evening a wonderful one. Considering the eclectic choice and the quality offered by the Montreux Jazz Festival, one sometimes forgets that the theme of this festival is jazz above all. Diana Krall is here to recall this "detail". Tall, beautiful and rather distant at the first glance, the Canadian singer enters the Hall followed by a guitar player, a bass player and a drummer. The four musicians offer a concert of high quality.

No need to introduce Buddy Guy anymore, the one who was, at the end of the fifties, one of the most flamboyant ambassadors of the West Side of Chicago style. He influenced very deeply giant rock musicians like Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton and is definitely one of the big ones in music history. In Montreux, a flood of music notes comes out of his old Fender. No need to warm up the audience, Buddy Guy, the electric luminary of Chicago nights is already in trance and does not hesitate to start a voodoo solo, Hendrix style, absolutely stunning. Behind him, the orchestra has difficulty following him, but never mind. The legendary bluesman assures the show alone in front of an enthralled audience. Then, Joe Bonamassa from Utica, NY, who played blues long before being able to drive a car, performs. Discovering the music of Stevie Ray Vaughan at age 4, he immediately was fascinated by the incredible energy coming out of this musician. At age 8, he played his first parts of a B.B. King concert and at age 12, he was playing in New York on a regular basis.

This year, Mick Hucknall celebrates 25 years of uninterrupted dedication to the group he founded: Simply Red. It was influenced as well by pop, rock, jazz, reggae and blue-eyed soul and had huge success with that. In a packed full Stravinsky Hall and an audience already convinced, Mick Hucknall performs at his best. Meanwhile at Miles Davis, Sophie Hunger, a young Swiss German singer, opens her wings for the second time at the Montreux Jazz Festival, facing a charmed audience. Sophie Hunger is much brighter than she appears on her albums…

July 15th hosts certainly the main event of the festival: Mark Knopfler, genius singer and guitar player, composer and interpreter who released six solo albums since he split up with the mythical group Dire Straits in 1995, is nearly 62 but continues to handle his Fender Stratocaster like a god of swing and composes sweet ballads, rock, and blues with incomparable taste. His concert is a mix of his last album, "Get Lucky", released in September 2009 and compositions of Dire Straits. He has no difficulties at all to heat up the fully packed Stravinsky Hall.

The day after, it’s "Quincy Jones And The Global Gumbo All-Stars", a big concert performed at Stravinsky. Quincy himself conducts exclusively for the Montreux Jazz Festival a wonderful group of musicians. Then arrives on stage Herbie Hancock, the virtuouso piano player. Surrounded by top musicians, the artist joins the Montreux Jazz Festival for the 26th time! The magic of Jazz operates again with his "Imagine Project" with some musicians of a very high level (Vinnie Colaiuta at the drums, ex Frank Zappa, McLaughlin, Jeff Beck, etc. and Tal Wilkenfeld, a warm-blooded female bass player, 24 years old with an incredible talent).

For the very last night of this year’s Montreux Jazz Festival, SHE sings but HE’s the star. Triggering an effervescence out of control, Roman Polanski comes to hear his wife Emmanuelle Seigner singing. Invited at the last minute, he shows up in public for the first time after having been restricted to his Chalet in Gstaad for months. His wife, actress and singer, 44, performs surrounded by three musicians in front of 2’000 fans who are listening to the rock songs of her last album "Dingue" as well as to some of her older releases. Roman Polanski is sitting on the second floor of the concert hall, protected from the journalists.

This year again, the Montreux Jazz Festival showed its specificity. It is for sure not just another addition within the numerous music events taking place here. Thanks to it, Prince wrote a song about Lavaux. Phil Collins opened the event with his soul homage to Motown. The most famous of last year’s artists gave a concert: The Dead Weather, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Keith Jarrett, Vanessa Paradis… and the old stars like Roxy Music, Mark Knopfler, Billy Idol or Simply Red join Montreux with pleasure and have a nostalgic trip…

Those were the main events of the 2010 edition that on the figures side announces an 85% ticket sales with 14 sold out evenings out of 17 at Stravinsky Hall. Miles Davis got 9 sold out events. As in past editions, visitors have been able to listen to free concerts until daybreak. As Claude Nobs underlines, those concerts represent 2/3 of the MJF, he noted the festival gathers about 100’000 paying visitors and 130’000 non-paying ones.

Montreux Jazz Festival 2010

2011

Montreux Jazz Festival

From 1st to 16th july, 2011

Friday July 1st, the 45th Montreux Jazz Festival is launched. On this occasion, the Auditorium Stravinski welcomes Carlos Santana and John McLaughlin for a unique concert. This concert was an opportunity for both musicians to celebrate, a little early, the 40th anniversary of their album "Love, Devotion, Surrender" which was released in 1973. For nearly two hours, Santana and McLaughlin revisited this album in a festive mood. Meanwhile Jimmy Cliff, the reggae legend, is on stage in the Miles Davis Hall.
The next day the King of the Blues reigned as monarch at the Miles Davis Hall. At age 85, he is still light on his feet, B.B. King is as alive as the music he plays, and sings the blues with relentless passion. This year, B.B. King played at the Montreux Jazz Festival for the 20th time. Meanwhile Santana revisits his hits in the Stravinsky to the delight of all his numerous fans.
Sunday, July 3 an impressive number of artists shared the stage with BB King, like Santana, McLaughlin, Derek Trucks, Shemekia Copeland, Robert Randolph, Susan Tedeschi etc. for an ever lasting evening.

July 4, the Auditorium Stravinski was filled with a mixture of genre. Jazz, funk, gospel, pop and blues. Lee Ritenour, jazz guitarist well versed in various musical styles was accompanied by Dave Grusin, among others. Later it was renowned interpreter of 'Give me the Night " George Benson who was also featured on the first Monday of the festival as was Robert Randolph and the Family Band. The next day was the "Gala Night" with George Benson, Randy Crawford, Dave Grusin, Dr. John, Lee Ritenour, David Sanborn and Leon Russell and a solid rhythm section that included Joe Sample, among others. Wednesday July 6th Ricky Martin, handsome Latin Lover, who has lived his entire life by the desire of others is in front of his fans. Ricky is often off stage, and must send dancers on dressed in fishnet to fill up the time while he changes his clothing. At the same time there was a night fever at the Miles Davis Hall, a phenomenal musician coming from New Orleans. Trombone Shorty. He is only 25. He was born Troy Andrews. Before he even walked, he blew in a copper trombone. The next day it's Andreas Vollenweider a pioneer in music and a composer. He is one of the most successful instrumentalists in the world, and his music is unique. His trademark, the electro-acoustic harp, which he designed himself and continually refines, makes it incomparable. He made his first appearance at the Montreux Jazz exactly 30 years ago.

July 8, Ziggy Marley, son of reggae legend Bob Marley is on stage, then Youssou Ndour who, since the 80's, is at the top of the Afro-pop charts. He keeps his status as a legitimate national star and he never considered that living in Dakar would be an obstacle to conquer the world.

Brazilian Night Saturday, July 9 with Maria Rita (daughter of Elis Regina), Ana Carolina and Maria Gadu. July 10, Natalie Cole, daughter of Nat King Cole, captivates the audience with her R & B, jazz or soul songs in the Miles Davis Hall. Sting was the star of this 45th edition. All tickets were sold out a few hours after the announcement of his gig. The British singer performed on July 11 as part of his world tour "Symphonicity". He was accompanied by an orchestra led by Sarah Hicks. The former leader of Police, who had come for the last time in our town in 2006, performed several of his hits to the delight of a packed house. Meanwhile Erik Truffaz and his quartet have sprinkled the Miles Davis Hall with a halo of music. He has shared the stage with Sophie Hunger and Sly Johnson. During one and a half hour, Erik Truffaz has rocked, with his trumpet, all music lovers, going to some extremes of sounds. A magical evening.

Asa a singer from Nigeria opens the evening Tuesday, July 12 for Seal who returns to Montreux for the 4th time with his register of soul, pop or rock music for the biggest pleasure of his fans. Meanwhile at the Miles Davis Hall, Return to Forever has a dream line up! For four decades, three men: the pianist Chick Corea, bassist Stanley Clarke and drummer Lenny White push the "jazz-rock fusion" boundary more than any other musicians redefining the genre. Each alone is a force of nature, and together they have become a legend: Return to Forever, a group of both popular and legendary and probably the most successful groups of all electric jazz-fusion. They were accompanied by Jean-Luc Ponty and Frank Gambale.

July 13, a fabulous tribute to Miles Davis. Under the leadership of bassist Marcus Miller, just Imperial, who invited pianist Herbie Hancock and saxophonist Wayne Shorter on stage and offered with trumpeter Sean Jones and drummer Sean Rickman a very effective "cream of jazz". At the first rehearsal for the preparation of this tribute, the musicians have only discussed, telling what was their relationship with Miles and what he represented to them. Do not just play Miles titles - he would have hated that - but playing like we were in front of a film of his life. Do not look back - Miles would also have hated this - but move forward, look to the future, as did the trumpet. The spirit of Miles Davis hung throughout the Stravinsky. Just like the music of the artist, sometimes difficult to grasp which brought the audience on a journey through the history of jazz.

July 14 was the night for composer and pop icon Paul Simon. He introduced eight musicians on stage. American singer Paul Simon is known for his collaboration with Arthur Garfunkel as a member of the duo Simon & Garfunkel, folk-influenced they recorded several important albums between 1964 and 1970. Chiseled melodies and some nice highlights were part of this evening in a packed full Stravinski Hall.

No need to introduce Liza Minelli, the famous singer, dancer and Hollywood actress. She was honored to get on the stage of the Miles Davis Hall for an unforgettable evening on July 15! And All That Jazz !

To close the 45th edition of the Montreux Jazz Festival, The Auditorium Stravinski invited the British group considered as the founding fathers of hard rock, Deep Purple. This is one of the groups that entered the history of the Montreux Jazz Festival. They made a come back this year for the sixth time. On this occasion, they were surrounded by a symphony orchestra to revisit their greatest hits.

We are sorry, but it is impossible to mention all the musicians who performed this year in our report and we invite you to visit the Montreux Jazz Festival website if you want to see the complete programme.

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2012

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2013

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2014

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2015

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2016

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2017

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2018

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Montreux Jazz Festival 2018

The Montreux Jazz Festival is certainly the most well known music festival in the whole world.

Founded in 1967 by Claude Nobs, a passionate jazz fan and a visionary, it lasted for three days only at his first edition and featured almost exclusively jazz artists. Discover how the Montreux Jazz Festival was created by consulting our dedicated page to the musical history of the city of Montreux from 1960 to 1968.

In the 1970s, the festival began broadening its scope, including blues, soul, and rock artists. Over the years it has really become an unmissable event for music fans around the world. Jazz music may have constituted the Festival’s historic roots, but other musical styles quickly found their place within the festival, sharing a common bond of musical curiosity and mutual enthusiasm.

In December 1971, the Montreux Casino burned down and the festival was forced to move to the Convention Center until the new Casino was built in 1975.

Distinguishing itself by its ambitious programming choices, the Montreux Jazz Festival offers an ideal platform for musicians in an intimate setting including music from all continents (with an emphasis on Brazilian music) and lasting a full three weeks.

The best artists played during the festival including Miles Davis, Weather Report, Santana, David Bowie, Brian May, Yes, Bob Dylan, Deep Purple, Chuck Berry, Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, Max Roach, James Brown, Art Blakey, John McLaughlin, but also Mike Oldfield, Marvin Gaye, Phil Collins, Joe Cocker, Tracy Chapman, Bo Diddley, Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar Peterson, Charles Mingus, Sonny Rollins, Count Basie, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, B.B. King, Ray Charles, Stevie Ray Vaughan, to name only a few.

The festival continued to grow. From 1995 until now, it occupied both the Miles Davis Hall and the Auditorium Stravinski and many times the Casino as well and the Petit Palais.

The number of visitors rose from 75,000 in 1980 to around 250'000 now-a-days !

Organizing a two-week event the magnitude of the Montreux Jazz Festival can not do without a structure professional, working year round.

The permanent office (12 people a year), assisted by the Board of Trustees (12 people as well), is joined as the months go by an increasingly important team (up to 30 people), and finally by the staff for the duration of the Festival (1280 people).

Official website : www.montreuxjazzfestival.com

In the sub-menus over, you will find all the previous editions of the Montreux Jazz Festival.

From 2012, it seemed easier to give you the link to the official Montreux Jazz Festival website. They will, better than anyone, give you the detailed programmes and information if needed.

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