Mon, mon Montreux! Jazz is back!

Tickets go on sale Friday 19 April

montreux_jazz_festival_poster_sm_2013GENEVA and MONTREUX, SWITZERLAND – The Montreux Jazz Festival is putting jazz in the driver’s seat for its 2013 festival in July, the organization said Thursday 18 April, in unveiling its lineup. “The 47th edition marks Jazz’s return with a vengeance to its lakefront home, with a dizzying list of famous names.”

The completely new Club is where you’ll find it:  “Avishai Cohen Quartet, piano prodigy Vijay Iyer, the acoustic guitar of George Benson, and Mr. Charles Lloyd with Zakir Hussain and Eric Harland. For the first time at Montreux, enjoy the lively Swing of the new prince of New Orleans, Jonathan Batiste. And let’s not forget the voices: between the howling soul of Charles Bradley and the sweeter style of José James, there are also the spellbinding songwriters Kat Edmonson and Agnes Obel as well as the vocal experimentations of Korean jazzwoman Youn Sun Nah. You won’t want for variety as you sip a few aged whiskeys in a cozy, intimate ambiance specially conceived for enjoyment of the Festival’s founding musical genre.”

The MJF is strengthening its jazz roots for this first festival without founder Claude Nobs, who died in early January in a ski accident, but it isn’t forgetting those who love other types of music legends.

“Leonard Cohen will play a second show the day after his Opening Night at the Stravinski, paving the way for musical giants of all genres: Sting, Green Day, and Prince not one, not two, but three nights! Another phenomenal show: the 3D concert by electronic music avant-gardists Kraftwerk. Diana Krall’s versions of standards make them seem brand new. Joe Cocker will perform his new album on stage, while Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite finally make the duo act they have dreamed of for years a reality. In 2009 Wyclef Jean memorably carried Claude Nobs on his shoulders: he makes a triumphant return with Refugee Camp, leaving it up to I AM to blow the audience away with a completely separate show. Brazil’s grande dame, Gal Costa, will be sailing on different tropical seas, while self-taught multi-instrumentalist Cat Power will be burning up the Lab with her latest album, Sun.”

And that’s the tip of the Montreux musical iceberg. Here’s the complete Montreux Jazz Festival 2013 programme.
Tickest on sale tomorrow, April 19, 10:00 on montreuxjazzfestival.com