The High Points of the 42nd Montreux Jazz Festival
More than 60 musicians celebrated the Anniversary of the great composer, arranger and producer, Quincy Jones, on July 14th 2008 at the Stravinski Auditorium. During the 5-hour musical homage to the 75th Anniversary of Mister “Q”, many artists chose from Quincy Jones’s exceptional repertoire for an unbelievable night, amongst those musicians were Herbie Hancock, Chaka Khan, Paolo Nutini, Nana Mouskouri and Al Jarreau. Directed by Pepe Lienhard, the Swiss Army Band shined through their beautiful performance. Mirroring the Festival, this memorable night was full of emotions from an outstanding performance that brought many legendary musicians together.
Upon the concert’s ending Claude Nobs donated a cheque of 50,000 dollars to Quincy Jones’s charity “Quincy Jones Listen Up Foundation”. These funds were reaped from the main rehearsal’s ticket sale revenue, which took place on the afternoon of the concert and was open to the public.
On the following day, patron Barbara Riley donated a bronze statue of Quincy Jones in the legendary musician’s honour and for which many celebrities were present at the Montreux Palace’s garden.
This 42nd Festival was also marked by the return to Montreux of some great artists such as Joan Baez, Paul Simon, Alicia Keys and Leonard Cohen, who gave us very memorable performances. Next to these legendary artists and Lenny Kravitz’s first visit to Montreux, emerging artists enchanted the audience, amongst them Adele, Sophie Hunger, Vampire Weekend, Blood Red Shoes and Concha Buika, Flamenco’s up-and-coming artist.
Ticket Sales and Attendance
The totality of tickets sold for this 42nd Festival amounted to 87,000. This represents one of the most attended Festivals in its 42 years.
The program’s quality and musical complementation of free spaces such as the Montreux Jazz Café, the MDH Club, Studio 41 or Music in the Park ensured an excellent attendance.
More than 330 groups performed 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 Fondation 2
Foundation 2’s cultural commitment to creation and cultural exchange, which is composed of competitions, exhibitions, archive screening and workshops, proved to be very attractive to Festival goers. The competition finales and workshops welcomed a full house. Giving open access to the public and ensuring that most of the events were free of charge made Foundation 2 a success in spreading musical knowledge and cultural exchange. Workshops enabled the meetings and dialogue with musicians. This year the musical theme took a scientific and theoretic didactical approach, whilst inauguring collaborations with CHUV, the EPFL, the UNIL and the Kunsthaus Zurich. There were also unusual aspects that took place such as the global premiere of the synchronised musical robots directed by the choreographer, musician and scientist Siegen Ono. The competitions allowed young talents to show their skills and take a first step into their musical career. The winners of the 42nd Festival are:
Shure Montreux Jazz Voice Competition 2008
1st place: Sabine Kühlich, Germany
2nd place: Liela Avila, USA
3rd place: Amy Crawford, USA
Audience’s choice: Sabine Kühlich, Germany
Gibson Jazz Guitar Competition 2008:
1st place: Jeff Miles, USA
2nd place: Vitaliy Zolotov, Ukraine
3rd place: ex-aequo Mark Mc Knight, Ireland and Alex Pinto, USA
Audience’s choice: Vitaliy Zolotov, Ukraine
Bösendorfer Montreux Jazz Solo Piano Competition 2008
1st place: Gaël Rakotondrabe – France
2nd place: David Satian – Armenia
3rd place public prize: Dimitrije Vasiljevic – Serbia
The Tremplins Lémaniques
Winner: Red Planet
Audience’s choice: Ochumare Quartet
The Safeguarding of Archives
Over 5,000 hours of sound and images have been recorded since the beginning of the Festival. The magnetic recordings will deteriorate quickly, that is why their digitalisation must be done as soon as possible. The safeguarding operation is done in collaboration with the EPFL, under the direction of Thierry Amsallem.
Already widely praised by media critics for its quality and diversity, this edition’s program reached its apotheosis with the announcement of the Prince concert. This exceptional artist offered Montreux a world exclusive surprise set of two and half hours, which highlighted the numerous facets of his unassailable genius. During a forty-minute introduction, Prince paid homage to the history of the Festival and of jazz itself. On the 16th of July, one of Claude Nobs’ greatest dreams came true. Prince’s surprise jam session at the Montreux Jazz Café was the wonderful icing on the cake of an already exceptional event.
There were many other high points during the 16 days of the Festival. Claude Nobs’ two chalets in Caux provided a relaxed and informal venue for artists and professionals to meet and share their passion for music and its history, whether through unseen concert screenings or visits from the Festival’s founders.
The Festival’s expanded offer of free events, almost 300 in total, was met with high attendance and great enthusiasm from festival-goers. In addition to its regular program, the Montreux Jazz Café returned as the Festival’s jam session venue, with surprise guests including India.Arie, Peter von Poehl, Monty Alexander, and Prince of course. As for the MDH Club, it solidified its status on the electronic music scene thanks to a solid and edgy program that attracted big crowds. Sets by Carl Craig and Mix Master Mike were must-see events. New nightclub Studio 41 captured the public’s attention right from the opening night, with a headline set by Kenny Carpenter.
The workshops, which are also free, offered the public up-close and personal meetings with music legends such as Solomon Burke and Fazil Say. Quincy Jones, a longtime friend to the Festival, held a workshop exploring his entire oeuvre. More than 300 people were able to participate in this captivating recounting of his career.
The various competitions are also part the Festival’s free events. The prizes for this year’s edition went to the following:
Bösendorfer Piano Solo Competition : Rolando Luna Carrillo (Cuba)
Shure Voice Competition : Federico Casagrande (Italy)
Gibson Guitar Competition : Cyrille-Aimée Daudel (France)
Under The Sky Festival : Stevans (Switzerland) et Fiji (Switzerland)
Next year, the creation of the new “Montreux Jazz Foundation for creation and cultural exchange” will permit the Festival’s free and educational activities to be financed via private donations. Barbara Riley, who also donated the Ella Fitzgerald statue during the course of this edition, has opened the call for donations.
The unique and intense concerts which marked the 16 days of the Montreux Jazz Festival Jubilee summarized 40 years of Montreux Jazz history and opened the way for a bright and promising future.
In the Auditorium Stravinski the exceptional tributes to the Ertegun brothers, which welcomed numerous prestigious guests, honoured the founders of Atlantic Records and the discoverers of the second half of the XXth centuries most talented musicians. The world premier of the 3 Santana special projects (Africa, Blues and Funk) emphasized the artists large generosity. Other historical event, B.B. King’s last European concert. The balanced programming of the Miles Davis Hall welcomed a demanding and specialized public in electronic music, hip hop and alternative rock. The project Narodniki – Laptop Superground improvisation and their 4 hours of numerical jam will stay in many festival goers memories. Gnarls Barkley’s Swiss premier illustrates Lori Immi’s insight and intuition for tomorrow’s trends. In Casino Barrière, the leading artist of the 1967 Festival, saxophonist Charles Lloyd, offered the Casino an emotionally filled concert symbol of continuity and loyalty. Sensitive souls were overwhelmed with the energy and acoustics of the Trio Beyond (DeJohnette, Scofield, Goldings). The Casino also discovered the New Orleans pianist Davell Crawford, invited by Claude Nobs at one o’clock in the morning after Herbie Hancock’s concert.
Jam sessions and live concerts were back this year at the Montreux Jazz Café with appearances of Kid Rock, Nile Rodgers from Chic, Leela James, Earl Thomas, Marcus Miller or Grégoire Maret. The festival’s nightlife was successfully completed with the MDH Club, a place between dance floor and live concerts, which proposed a very professional music. Montreux‘s nightlife found a perfect harmony. The Bar Pub inside and the Tropical Bar outside completed the offer for the visitor’s greatest pleasure. Workshops have been an opportunity for the visitors and for the professionals to communicate quite intimately with the stars. Abdullah Ibrahim, Marcus Miller, Herbie Hancock or Kid Koala have accepted this friendly exercice. The Under The Sky Festival has proposed more than 400 hours of very different kinds of music with bands from all over the world. The winners of the three contests will have the chance to perform on one of the main stages of the Festival next year:
Bösendorfer Piano Solo competition : Dan Tepfer (United States)
Guitare Gibson competition : Jacob Hertzog (United States)
Shure Jazz Voice competition : Kirstin Berardi (Austria)
It’s a well-known fact that it takes more than changeable (or downright unruly) weather to sap the motivation of a seasoned festival-goer… And here’s the proof: according to the official figures of the 39th edition of the MJF, the festival’s objectives have been met. In terms of attendance, some 220’000 visitors descended on Montreux between July 1st and 16th. The four paid-entry venues had a total attendance of 96’000 people.
The Stravinski Auditorium welcomed 52’000 people during the Festival, with a Celtic-themed opening night consisting of the Corrs and Britain’s latest pop sensation, James Blunt. A buzzing atmosphere reigned at the Auditorium during the 16 days of the festival and the venue played host to a plethora of musical styles.
From legendary bluesmen Solomon Burke, Robert Cray Band and the grand master B.B. King, to the classical-metal foursome Apocaliptica, followed the same night by the gruesome god of glam-metal, Alice Cooper, from the youthful and charming Emiliana Torrini to the legendary trio of Crosby, Stills &Nash…All were huge hits with the festival crowd.
And that’s not all: Robert Botos and the Oscar Peterson Quartet, Craig David, acid jazz group Incognito, as well as Randy Crawford, David Sandborn and the irresistible crooner George Benson all delivered performances that brought the house down at the Stravinski Auditorium. The list is far from exhaustive.
Homage must also be paid to the Cuban rhythms and accompanying good humor of legendary singer Ibrahim Ferrer, who once again stole the audience’s hearts, before sadly passing away a short time afterwards.
Over at the Miles Davis Hall, 45 groups passed the baton between different styles and offered us a chance to discover brand new talent every night. These included Salsa night, Electro night with Death in Vegas and Reggae night with legendary showman Barrington Levy. The Miles Davis Hall was also taken over for one evening by the searing ‘garage rock’ offered up by three rock collectives; Ghinzu, Blues Explosion and finally The Hives, who whipped the audience into a frenzy with a barrage of incomparably raging riffs...
The audience was offered some unforgettable moments by the Young Gods, with their hypnotic Loopmatico ‘sound and light’ show. Cibelle, Seul Joge and Tom Zé also treated us to a fantastic showcase of Brazilian music.
And they weren’t the only ones to seduce the crowds at the Miles Davis Hall; Jack Splash of Plantlife, the energetic And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, Isis and Audioslave were all big hits. The same can be said of artists in a completely different style; Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare, the big Fifth Element Crew family and DJ Asher Selector all went down a storm.
The Casino Barrière had a wonderfully colorful program for this 39th edition of the Montreux Jazz Festival. Unforgettable voices in the forms of Marianne Faithfull, Tori Amos, Juliette Gréco, Lisa Stansfield and Michel Jonasz electrified the audience; and how could we forget the exceptional performance by Bobby McFerrin, who was equally at ease alone onstage or accompanied by Fazil Say or Joe Sample. The audience was also treated to the delectable rhythms of jazz icons McCoy Tyner, Steps Ahead, Jean-Luc Ponty-Stanley Clarke- Bela Fleck, Georges Duke, as well as brand new talent discovered during the 2004 Festival competitions. And lastly, a party atmosphere and good humor reigned during the Casino’s Cuban night with Chucho Valdes and Arturo Sandoval.
In addition to these three venues, the Montreux Jazz Café mustn’t be forgotten; it was host to Danish trio Whomadewho, as well an abundance of DJs. Trevor Jackson, A touch of Class, the Dewaele brothers of 2 Many DJs and many others
The Montreux Jazz festival also welcomed 5’700 visitors on various boats and trains, hosted free jazz concerts with Montreux Happy Hour Jazz, featured 78 groups in Under the Sky, in addition to a multitude of workshops and exhibitions. There’s was certainly no lack of free activities to enjoy. The Montreux Jazz Young Planet was also present every day as an alternative party venue where young people can come and have fun, talk, create and meet other people their age.
Each of the festival’s 220’000 visitors was able to find something to suit their style in this wide musical array and we’re certain they will be even more impressed with next year’s anniversary edition.
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.
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.
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 \"Scène 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.
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.
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.
Once again, from July 2 to 17, the Festival beat 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 first prize.
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.
A short reminder of some of the highlights of this year's edition, the poster of which has been created by James Rizzi: 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 de 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 18th; 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...
30th anniversary of the Festival: the whole of the « Swiss Riviera », from Villeneuve to Vevey, experiences the 16-day « jazz-blues-samba-rock trip » non-stop. The programme, especially concocted for this extraordinary anniversary-edition, is filled with living legends: Deep Purple are back in Montreux 25 years after having written their greatest success to date—« Smoke on the Water »—, 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, Quincy Jones conducts the WDR Big Band, and the mythical Brazilian singer Maria Bethânia lets Montreux hear her violently poetic voice for the very first and long awaited time. Other big names include The Guitar Trio with Paco de Lucia, Al Di Meola and John McLaughlin, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, ZZ Top, Simply Red, Zucchero, Al Jarreau, and Cassandra Wilson, to name just a few.
Thanks to low-price entrance tickets, the Festival celebrates another record attendance: 78,000 tickets sold for the shows, and about 150,000 festival-goers! 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 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, Ice T, Morphine, Jamiroquai, James Brown, Chaka Khan, B.B. King, Lucky Peterson, Randy Weston, Dr. John, Wild Magnolias, Jacky Terrasson, All 4 One, Manhattan Transfer, James Carter and Joan Armatrading, among others...
The second Festival edition at the Congress and Convention Centre grows to a success with no precedence: The Auditorium Stravinski and the newly inaugurated Miles Davis Hall welcome 68,000 music lovers. The fantastic summer weather atttracts more than 120,000 Festival-goers to 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 creates a world premiere by reuniting 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, the Stanley Clarke, Jean-Luc Ponty and Al Di Meola trio, 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, and many more young talents such as Daniela Mercury (BRA) and The Big Geraniums (IRL), proclaimed revelation of the year.
Again with Quincy Jones, but the Festival moves from the Casino to the Convention Center with its two halls: The brand new Stravinski Auditorium welcomes Robert Plant, Gilberto Gil, Santana, Al Jarreau, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, George Duke, Al Green, Chaka Khan, Fats Domino, Dr. John, Etta James, James Brown and many, many other artists, even the Orchestre National de Lille for two nights, one dedicated to movie soundtracks and the world premieres of Lalo Schifrin and George Duke. The « smaller » hall—The New Q's—opens its doors to Joe Henderson, Abdullah Ibrahim, Zap Mama, Michel Petrucciani, John Scofield, Incognito, Digable Planets and the Gangstarr Quartet.
Another co-production with Quincy Jones and another firework: Emmylou Harris, The Kronos Quartet, Tori Amos, Randy Crawford, Eric Clapton, Simply Red, Tracy Chapman, The Blues Brothers, Annie Lennox, Joe Cocker and a gospel night with The Atlanta Superchoir, Andrae and Sandra Crouch, Tramaine Hawkins.
The 25th anniversary—20 nights—is co-produced by Quincy Jones and begins with an acoustic concert by Sting, followed by Bootsy Collins, Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt, Charlie Haden's Liberation Music, B.B. King, Ray Charles, Milton Nascimento, Rachelle Ferrelle, The Atlanta Superchoir, Reverend Jesse Jackson, Champion Jack Dupree, Allen Toussaint, Dirty Dozen Brass Band and many others. But, without any doubt, the best night is the fantastic Miles Davis concert with the Gil Evans Orchestra and the George Gruntz Concert Band under the direction of Quincy Jones.
Miles Davis, Roberta Flack, Herbie Hancock, John Lee Hooker, The Neville Brothers, George Benson, Michel Petrucciani, David Sanborn, Etta James, B.B. King, Al Jarreau, Van Morrison and Dizzy Gillespie with the United Nation Orchestra are only some of the artists on the programme
Music again: Van Morrison, Georgie Fame, The Ramsey Lewis Quartet, Etta James, B.B. King, Bireli Lagrene, Al Di Meola, Larry Coryell, Carmen Mc Rae, Spyro Gyra, Lou Rawls, Miles Davis and Elvis Costello.
Courtney Pine comes to Montreux for the first time and Charles Lloyd comes back after his first Montreux concert, 21 years ago. From Steve Gadd to Gerry Mulligan, Bobby McFerrin to Johnny Halliday, George Benson, Miles Davis, Tracy Chapman, James Taylor and Wayne Shorter: Montreux opens its doors to music in general.
Rock (Los Lobos, Pretenders, Joe Cocker, Johnny Clegg) and jazz (Modern Jazz Quartet, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, Stan Getz, Michael Brecker, John McLaughlin, Paco de Lucia, Monty Alexander) but also Paolo Conte, Tania Maria, Manhattan Transfer, B.B. King, Ben E. King, Hugh Masekela, Stanley Jordan and a fantastic performance by Dexter Gordon.
Keith Haring and Andy Warhol design the poster of the 20th anniversary. All concerts are sold-out before the Festival due to its fantastic programme. The Neville Brothers, Eric Clapton and Friends (with Phil Collins), Sade, David Sanborn, Michel Petrucciani, Al Jarreau, George Benson, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and George Duke.
Music from everywhere with Leonard Cohen, Nina Hagen, Kid Creole and The Coconuts, Keith Jarrett, Astor Piazzola, Miles Davis, Johnny Otis, Joao Gilberto, Tom Jobim and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Miles Davis gives his best concert during his summer tour, Stanley Jordan and Sade are among the new upcoming artists.
Jazz and blues: George Benson, Art Blakey, Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, Willie Dixon, The Art Ensemble of Chicago, Freddie Hubbard, Gil Evans, James Blood Ulmer, Joanne Brackeen and Lew Tabackin. Keith Haring designs the poster of this 17th edition.
Again, all kinds of music are represented: from Charles Lloyd to the Steve Miller Band, from Mink De Ville to Dave Brubeck and from Jimmy Cliff to Jackson Browne.
The 15th Festival - 17 days - offers blues (Albert Collins, Taj Mahal, Magic Slim), pop and rock (The Blues Band, Mike Oldfield), reggae, soul (James Brown), gospel (The Staple Singers) and jazz (Wynton Marsalis, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, McCoy Tyner, Chico Freeman, Oscar Peterson, Monty Alexander and The Heath Brothers Band). The number of visitors exceeds 75,000.
The City of Detroit organizes the first Montreux-Detroit Jazz Festival. In Switzerland, the programme includes Elvis Costello, Jimmy Cliff, Marvin Gaye, Santana, Didier Lockwood, Toots Thielemans, Dizzy Gillespie and Max Roach. A « drum summit » brings together Art Blakey, Amano-Kai, Gerry Brown, Billy Higgins and Chico Hamilton.
For the first time, a whole night is dedicated to reggae but the programme also includes music from Brazil, Japan, country and rock. Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock are playing together. Hermeto Pascoal, Sir Charles Thompson, B.B. King and Clarence « Gatemouth » Brown are also in Montreux.
A joint venture with the Sao Paulo Festival brings a Brazilian atmosphere to Montreux. Gilberto Gil, Airto Moreira, Ray Charles, Mary Lou Williams, Stan Getz, Miriam Makeba, Bill Evans and Kenny Burrell perform and Gilberto Gil, John McLaughlin, Billy Cobham and musicians from the Stan Getz group even play on the terrace of the Casino!
The biggest European Festival is even 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. 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 Dizzy Gillespie, Dexter Gordon, Ella Fitzgerald and Oscar Peterson.
Milton Glaser designs the poster of the 10th anniversary. More than 100 LPs recorded in Montreux can be found in the shops. Mountain Studios, being part of the new Casino, offers 24-track recording facilities to the groups and even the Rolling Stones come to Montreux to record their « Black and Blue » album.
Again fifteen days of music but this time at the brand new Casino and with Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson, Count Basie, Charlie Mingus, Archie Shepp, Roland Kirk and Bill Evans.
Fifteen days of music: blues, gospel, soul, rock, pop and, of course, jazz with Earl Hines, Helen Humes, Jay McShann, Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Sonny Rollins, Bill Wyman, Van Morrison, Larry Coryell, the Art Ensemble of Chicago and Cecil Taylor, to name a few. In addition, African music is represented by Randy Weston and Brazil with Airto Moreira and Milton Nascimento.
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 and Carole, as well as Miles Davis, Teddy Wilson, Stéphane Grappelli, Canonball and Nat Adderley.
The Festival is held from June 16 to 29 at the Montreux Pavillon as the Casino burned down in December 1971. In addition to jazz, there are blues, gospel and soul with Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Ray Bryant, Stan Getz, Jean-Luc Ponty and Les McCann.
The 5th Festival is held from June 12 to 20. More than 300 musicians play, including Gary Burton, King Curtis (murdered two months later), Roberta Flack and Aretha Franklin.
Santana plays at the Festival for the first time. Sadao Watanabe represents Japan and his performance remains as one of the best. Gerry Mulligan and Bill Evans come over from the United Sates.
Five days (from June 18 to 22) of rock, pop and jazz with artists such as Ella Fitzgerald and Kenny Burrell. Clark Terry conducts a big band with the winners of the competition.
The Festival is held from June 12 to 16. The Bill Evans Trio tops the bill and Nina Simone performs one of her first concerts. John Surman and Jan Garbarek are among the winners of the soloists' competition.
First Montreux Jazz Festival. Duration: 3 days. Participating artists: 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...