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MJAF presents: Autumn of Music 2021!

From 27 to 30 October 2021, the Montreux Jazz Artists Foundation presents its autumn festival at the Petit Palais, opposite the Fairmont Le Montreux Palace. On the programme: concerts by emerging Swiss artists, workshops by major names in today’s jazz, listening sessions of the Festival’s legendary concerts and the unmissable jam sessions. All activities are free of charge, except for the closing concert of the Montreux Jazz Academy.


Not to be missed: The closing concert of the Montreux Jazz Academy, with six young musicians and their mentors! For its 7th edition, the Academy will be under the direction of three of today’s leading figures on the buzzing UK jazz scene: saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings, drummer Edward Wakili-Hick (both members of the Sons of Kemet) and pianist and organist Alexander Hawkins. The trio of musical directors will be backed by two mentors: multi-instrumentalist Jowee Omicil, singer José James – both of whom were on the Festival’s bill last summer.


The Swiss Rising Talent concerts highlight six emerging artists. The selection reflects a multilingual, eclectic and talented Swiss scene. In order of appearance: Chelan’s neo-soul groove, Evita Koné’s versatile rap, ELÆNA’s multifaceted jazz, mischgewebe’s dark, danceable electro, Roxane‘s captivating pop, The Woodgies’ folk harmonies.

Concerts free of charge. Possiblity to book a seat.


The Workshops will be an opportunity for the public to meet Academy mentors Shabaka Hutchings, José James and Jowee Omicil. They will talk about their background, their relationship with music and their creative process.

Free access, no reservation.


From the Montreux Analog Audio Collection, in collaboration with Claude Nobs Foundation, EPFL and NAGRA

Don’t miss the unique opportunity to listen to the original recordings of the Montreux Jazz Festival concerts! The Music Listening Sessions will immerse the public in the music of four iconic concerts: Nina Simone in 1981, Deep Purple in 2011, Leonard Cohen in 1976 and Gilberto Gil in 1978. From the source to the loudspeakers, the concerts will be broadcast in audio only, entirely in analogue with the finest equipment.

Free access, no reservation.


The famous Montreux Jam Sessions will rock the stage of the Coupole every evening from 10 pm until midnight (Wed-Thurs) or 2 am (Fri-Sat) with a high-flying backing band and the participation of musicians from the Montreux Jazz Academy.

Free access, no reservation.


In order to enter the Autumn of Music Festival, spectators will have to present their Covid certificate and an identity document.