Montreux Jazz Festival

Photo credits: Tom Pricipato (T.P.) in spotlight, photo by by Marc Gaudry; T.P. at Montreux Jazz Festival's Parc Vernex outdoor stage, 2007, Photo by Marc Gaudry; Image of T. P. with arms raised is by Joe Wells.
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Country and Region SwitzerlandVaud
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Montreux, Vaud, Switzerland
Festival Contact Information

Montreux Jazz Festival
Montreux Jazz Festival Foundation
Press Office
Sentier de Collonge 3
P. O. Box 126
CH - 1820 Territet-Montreux
Phone: (41) 21-966-44-44
Fax: (41) 21-966-44-33

Festival Description

Since 1967 the legendary festival is marked by the strong presence of jazz and unforgettable musical moments. The festival offers ticketed and free events. The free events include workshops, Music in the Park, Cocktail Garden, Montreux Jazz Cafe, and Concours competitions. A select group of legendary artist have graced the stages of the Montreux Jazz Festival — Miles Davis, Carlos Santana, Ray Charles, David Bowie, Massive Attack, Alicia Keys, Korn, The Corrs, Sean Paul, Dido, Seal and BB King, Dr John, Solomon Burke, Van Morrison, Patti La Belle, Jorge Ben Jor, Buddy Guy, Deep Purple, and Cheap Trick and Chic to name a few. The festival brings audiences the experiences of seeing rising stars in the New Talents Category. Jazz is the foundation of the festival’s programming, although other genres of music make up much of the Festival. Audiences can expect exceptional programming over its two week run.

Festival Dates July 4 - 19, 2014
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Festival Events:

Lineup 2013:
  • Prince
  • Rodriguez
  • Leonard Cohen
  • Cat Power
  • James Blake
  • Sting
  • Kendrick Lamar & Band
  • Kraftwerk
  • Valerie June
  • Green Day
  • Diana Krall
  • Joe Cocker
  • Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite
  • Claude Nobs with Refugee Camp
  • Gal Costa
  • Avishai Cohen Quartet
  • Vijay Iyer
  • George Benson
  • Mr. Charles Lloyd with Zakir Hussain and Eric Harland
  • Jonathan Batiste
  • Charles Bradley
  • José James
  • Soulwax
  • Two Door Cinema Club
  • Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
  • Devendra Banhart
  • Paul Kalkbrenner
  • Kat Edmonson
  • Solomun
  • Agnes Obel
  • AlunaGeorge
  • Jake Bugg
  • Superpoze and Rone
  • Melody’s Echo Chamber
  • Hiatus Kaiyote
  • Daughter
  • Hollie Cook
  • Trixie Whitley
  • Angel Haze
  • BadBadNotGood
  • Woodkid with Orchestra
  • Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
  • Charles Bradley
  • Editors
  • Dinosaur Jr.
  • Norma Jean Martine
  • Tony Joe White
Artist feature 2013:
  • Prince
    Three performances — July 13, 14 and 15, at 8:00pm
    • This musical genius first came to Montreux in 2007 to perform an exclusive concert, and returned in 2009, giving two shows in the same evening. This year he is back, confirming his fondness for Montreux, to give three exceptional concerts on three consecutive dates: 13, 14 and 15 July 2013, at the Auditorium Stravinski. Groovy, funky and the undisputed master of improvisation, Prince’s performances are all unique and unpredictable. There is no doubt that his three concerts in Montreux will make Festival history once again.
Artist feature 2013:
  • Bobby Womack
    Performance — Saturday, July 6th
    • Bobby Womack and Damon Albarn to headline Glastonbury’s West Holts stage. The singer will be joined by The Bravest Band, which features Damon Albarn and XL Recordings boss Richard Russell. Other artists due to perform on the same stage across the weekend of June 28-30 include Chic, Public Enemy, The Weekend and Major Lazer. Soul singer will be joined by The Bravest Band on Sunday night of festival. The Bravest Man In The Universe is Bobby Womack’s first album of original material in eighteen years. It was co-produced by Damon Albarn and XL Recordings’ Richard Russell and recorded in three main sessions between October and December 2011; two were in Damon’s Studio 13 in West London, and the other was in New York’s Manhattan Center, which is situated above the legendary Hammerstein Ballroom, with a few extra sessions in London at the XL Studio and Richard’s own home studio. All ten tracks are co-written by the three plus Bobby’s longtime songwriting partner Harold Payne, except for radically rearranged spirituals “Deep River” and “Jubilee (Don’t Let Nobody Turn You Around)”. There are striking vocal guest spots from Lana Del Rey on “Dayglo Reflection” and Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara on “Nothin’ Can Save You”.
      A man whose talent as a singer, guitarist and composer is matched only by his self-lacerating honesty, Womack dismisses three albums he made at the turn of the millennium (a live album, a gospel album and a Christmas album) and sees his first album for XL Recordings as the first, real Bobby Womack album since 1994’s Resurrection. You see, for those three lost albums and his few live performances around that time, Bobby Womack wasn’t really there at all. “There was a Christmas album in 2000,” he recalls, dismissively, in a voice so dirty and cracked that it’s almost as musical as his singing voice. “But to be honest, I haven’t released an album in 18 years. I had given up on music. I didn’t have the desire that you have to have. I assumed that I’d stayed in the business too long… like an old fighter.”
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Artist feature 2013:
  • Solomun
    • Solomun has long been a favourite of the underground house world thanks to his always anthemic singles, edits and remixes as well as because of Diynamic, the hugely influential label he runs. In 2013 though, he has reached new heights for a number of reasons. Firstyl Ibiza, Solomun + 1 at Pacha Ibiza and sees the boss headline on his own with one hand picked guest playing alongside him. Âme, Dennis Ferrer, Miss Kittin, DJ Hell, Nicky Curly, Tiefschwarz, Tensnake, and Marek Hemmann are just the first acts to be named as guests of Solomun+1. Of course, the Croat is always busy in the studio too, and his latest remix is of English indie band Foals, you can listen to it here and it is to be released on Warner Music in the coming days and outside of his Ibiza gigs will be playing all over Europe in the summer months. Tomorrowland in Belgium, SW4, Creamfields and Lovebox in the UK, Extrema Fest in the Netherlands, Melt! In Berlin and club gigs around Switzerland and Germany are all on the cards, as outlined below…
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Free Events 2013:
  • Free events are the flipside of the Festival. Free stages, free clubbing, free workshops: the variety is endless! Enjoy the thrill of the crowd surrounded by one of the most spectacular natural backdrops on Earth!
    • The Montreux Jazz Festival is shaking up the completely remodeled lakefront promenade. After all, it is the Year of the Snake, so we are revealing a whole new skin! Rue Emery is becoming the nerve center of a new network of carefully designed spaces. The architects at Bureau A have articulated the lakefront around the origins of jazz, paying homage to the African-American music that is at the heart of the Festival. Feel the heartbeat of that rich history in the new neon-lit artery: the Jazz Strip. Waterfront terrace restaurants and bars line a reimagined Chicago-Vegas. Day and night, the pink and blue electric lighting will guide the public from surprise to surprise:
    • This lively, open-air venue kicks off early each afternoon. Enjoy countless concerts from the green grass. Prepare yourself for a dizzying variety of talents!
  • LE CHALET d’en bas
    • Our latest innovation, Le Chalet d’en bas, is a protean contemporary space of visual, oral, and collective memory. It brings the Festival’s historical substrate to life through time and space warps. Its scenography fuses the Montreux signature element, the anecdote, with the vintage charm of old-school relics.
    • With a wide variety of Montreux Jazz workshops on the schedule, the afternoon is now a time for learning! Enjoy unrivaled access to the artists and soak up their tips and techniques. Another standout event is the extremely popular series of competitions at the Montreux Palace, serving as stratospheric launching pads for young talents from all over the world. These competitions are nurturing the greatest Jazz musicians of tomorrow!
    • No one can afford to miss these gathering places, veritable pillars of the Festival social scene. They have moved to new locations for an even brighter future!
    • Addicted to Rock? This venue is your new home away from home! With Rock, more Rock, and nothing but Rock, the vaulted ceiling will be pounded by an adrenaline-charged live act each evening, followed by DJs who live for nothing else.
    • As you enter, you feel like you stepped outside! Starting at 11pm, this is the perfect place for clubbing with fresh lake breezes in your face.
    • Calling all night owls! “All Free” signs will be blinking everywhere! All night long, and in major venues: On after-shows, the Lab and the Club will be completely free of charge, hosting improvised gigs, massive dance floors, and who knows what else! What? Tired already?


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Practical Info:

Venues 2013:
    • A giant of a venue with a peerless reputation. Bearing the patina of countless legendary artists, this auditorium exudes emotion on a massive scale. A veritable anthology factory, this master stage still echoes with the voices of David Bowie, James Brown, B.B. King, Keith Jarrett, Carlos Santana, Etta James, Patti Smith, Massive Attack, Björk, Radiohead, Leonard Cohen, Deep Purple, or Prince. If these walls could talk…
    • An entirely new platform, interactive and in your face. A heady mix of audiovisual experiments, with newcomers, artists engaged in comebacks, and even groups making buzz all around the planet smashing into each other like high-energy particles. Edgy concerts and incredible artists: the Lab concocts new crossover formulas to test on a curious audience. Add a little heat, and the chemistry goes wild, as the Lab transforms into a test-tube for electronic music late into the night.
    • Up close and personal with the artists. Claude Nobs wanted to bring old-school class to the Festival with an authentic listening experience. The brand-new Montreux Jazz Club is the touchstone of the Festival, where music lovers and purists come for an absolutely unique musical experience. Showcasing major talents, songwriters, as well as the next generation of jazz (among others…), the Club provides impeccable service to guests and instruments alike in an intimate, cozy atmosphere. And when an improvised jam starts up, there’s no closing down the Club…


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