This evening, Charles Lloyd and then Monty Alexander will launch the 50th edition of the Montreux Jazz Festival. A perfect pairing of adventurous jazz, to revisit the roots of the Festival as a preamble to the many more pages of Festival history still to be written!
TOWARDS A 50TH SUMMER OF MUSIC…
Charles Lloyd, the very first American artist to be invited to the Riviera in 1967, returns tonight with his new quartet, made up of Jason Moran, Reuben Rogers, and Eric Harland. They will perform before Monty Alexander revisits—40 years later—his 1976 live album, the landmark Montreux Alexander. These two emblematic concerts will occur on this 30th of June at 8pm at the Casino Barrière Montreux, which will host the Festival for this very special occasion.
On the next day, July 1st, the Festival will officially open its doors and lakefront promenades to the public, revealing numerous innovations: Music in the Park’s brand new look, Pool Parties every Saturday at the Casino Barrière for DJ sets from 12 noon to 6:30pm, the Strobe Klub, combining the Studio and the aftershows at the Lab for an enlarged venue for cover-free electronic nights, and the many other special touches for the 50th edition, including the Montreux Jazz Choir and its ephemeral choral on 2 and 9 July in the Rock Cave.
Evening box office
During the Festival, a box office is open every day from 4 p.m. until the end of the concerts. It is located at the entrance hall of the Music and Convention Center (2M2C), floor B4. You can buy tickets for all paying concert halls. In case of sold out concerts, a limited number of tickets will automatically be available for sale on the day of the show. However, only one ticket per person can be purchased (wristband will be placed directly on the wrist).
AND TO DIVE DEEPER INTO THE HISTORY OF MONTREUX
- 30 June, RTS 1, 10:40pm: broadcast of the documentary Spirit of Music by Béatrice Guelpa and Francesco Cesalli
- 3 July, Cinéma Hollywood Montreux, 6:30pm: pre-release screening of the documentary More Than Jazz by the Blogothèque and Guillaume Delaperrière (co-produced by ARTE, Montreux Jazz Festival, and RTS), which will then be broadcast on ARTE on 3 July at midnight and on RTS 1 on Thursday 7 July at 11:40pm.
- The book 50 Summers of Music (Co-published by Textuel/Montreux Jazz Festival), on sale at the Festival shop from 1 to 16 July, and at bookstores.
- Montreux Jazz Live: the Festival’s multimedia platform + Videos produced by Montreux Jazz TV + interactive video "50 Years Of Live Music"
Photo: Charles Lloyd © 1967 François Jaquenod for GM Press