Montreaux Jazz Festival…… So what’s it all about
For those who think that this festival is about Jazz, then think again
While jazz and blues are at the roots of this event, other styles of music quickly found their place as well, anchored by artistic encounters between generations of musicians and unique experiments. Montreux has seen historic performances by artists including Nina Simone, Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Marvin Gaye, Prince, Leonard Cohen, David Bowie, and Stevie Wonder.
The Montreux Jazz Festival is a music festival in Switzerland, was created in 1967 and held annually in early July in Montreux on the Lake Geneva shoreline. It is the second largest annual jazz festival in the world after Canada's Montreal International Jazz Festival.
The idyllic shores of Lake Geneva play host to an eclectic festival rich with jazz, pop, R&B, and more. The Montreux Jazz Festival maintains an intimate feel with stages in parks and clubs, on boats, and even aboard trains.
The Festival has since become a landmark event. Not because it draws more than 250,000 visitors, but rather because the Festival has kept its soul intact throughout all this growth. At Montreux, the intimacy that encourages improvisation remains a top priority. Proximity between the biggest artists and their audiences in concert halls of reasonable capacity, comfortable surroundings, and a quality listening experience all combine to produce unique concerts and encourage memorable moments.