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Monte-Carlo Jazz Festival

  • An anthology of jazz this autumn


Planet jazz comes to the gilded Salle Garnier, featuring headliners Michel Jonasz, Herbie Hancock, Ibrahim Maalouf and many more.

A ll set for an autumnal stroll on planet jazz! This year’s line-up includes a broad range of artists influenced by jazz as well as stars who have made its history, artists whose concert appearances are rare and a new generation of highly creative musicians. “We want to show that jazz is a music of our times with this programme,“ enthuses Jean-René Palacio, Artistic Director of Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer Group. The spirit of this festival, held under the high patronage of Prince Albert II of Monaco since it began in 2004, is to provide audiences with unforgettable moments, in an exceptional setting with an intimate atmosphere. A 14th edition kicked off on 16 November by Michel Jonasz, making a comeback with his new show Groove! named after his next album, in collaboration with Manu Katché, Jean-Yves d’Angelo, Jérôme Regard and Hervé Brault. An opportunity to discover songs from his upcoming opus as well as to sing again the songs that have forged Jonasz’s career, from Joueur de Blues to Super Nana, from Guigui to Les Vacances au Bord de la Mer.

From Chicago to the Mediterranean
On 21 November, collective Snarky Puppy immerses us in the most inventive contemporary music sounds, ‘jafunkdansion’ as bassist Michael League likes to describe it. And it is with undisguised pleasure that we meet up again with the great Herbie Hancock on 22 November, a legendary pianist who first traced his way to smoke-filled jazz clubs and studios, forging a long-term collaboration with Miles Davis, before going through jazz fusion and all the colours of the musical rainbow, shaking up the established order. The first part of the evening marked by the Eli Degibri Quartet’s exceptional saxophone improvisations. Followed on 23 November, contemporary flamenco guitarist Vicente Amigo and top oud players Trio Joubran. ‘French Touch’ fans will not want to miss Anne Paceo, Eric Legnini and Sly Johnson performing live on 28 November.

Offshoots with fertile roots
On 29 November, while The New Power Generation continues to keep Prince’s legacy alive, The Brooklyn Funk Essentials take us on a direct flight from Monaco to New York. “I was born in the Arab world, in Lebanon, I grew up in France and yet there’s a part of me that’s Latin American,“ explains virtuoso trumpet player Ibrahim Maalouf when introducing his new album S3NS that you can hear live on 30 November. And it is a universal Africa that the London African Gospel Choir will be unveiling on 1 December. With the 30th anniversary in 2016 of Paul Simon’s crossroads album Graceland, this group has established itself as one of the most diverse vocal and instrumental ensembles in the gospel world. Such good vibes!.

Par Tanja Stojanov