Friday, April 15, 2011


Founded by Claude Nobs in 1967, over the years the Montreux Jazz Festival has become an unmissable event for music fans in Switzerland and around the world. Its stages have been graced by all of music’s greats, from Miles Davis to Ray Charles and from David Bowie to Prince. Whereas Jazz constitutes the Festival’s historic core, other styles of music were quickly integrated into the Festival, bound together by a common thread of mutual curiosity and enthusiasm. Having made its reputation with its ambitious programming choices, the Montreux Jazz Festival offers musicians an ideal platform and an intimate setting for the duration of its two weeks. Here is the lineup for the Montreux Jazz Festival, set for July 1 through the 16th:

July 1 @ Auditorium Stravinski
Invitation to Illumination with Carlos Santana & John McLaughlin featuring Cindy Blackman Santana, Dennis Chambers, Etienne Mbappe, Raul Rekow, Karl Perazzo & David K. Mathews

July 1 @ Miles Davis Hall
The Skataklites, Jimmy Cliff

July 2 @ Auditorium Stravinski
Santana ‘The Hits!”, DerekTrucks & Susan Tedeschi

July 2 @ Miles Davis Hall
B.B. King, Charles Bradley

July 3 @ Auditorium Stravinski
B.B. King – Welcome to the Chairman of the Board With Special Guests: Carlos Santana, Shemekia Copeland, John McLaughlin, Robert Randolph, Susan Tedeshci, Derek Trucks

July 3 @ Miles Davis Hall
Bilal, Aloe Blacc & The Grand Scheme, Raphael Saadiq

July 4 @ Auditorium Stravinski
George Benson with Orchestra “Live Breezin’ – recreating the moment”, Robert Randolph & The Family Band

July 5 @ Auditorium Stravinski
Gala Night – Tommy LiPuma 75th Birthday With Special Guests: George Benson, Randy Crawford, Dr John, Diana Krall, Rhythm Section: Larry Goldings, Christian McBride, Lewis Nash, Joe Sample, Produced by Tommy LiPuma

July 6 @ Miles Davis Hall
Trombone Shorty & New Orleans Avenue 7/6, Leon Russell, Dr John & Lower 911

July 7 @ Miles Davis Hall
Richard Bona & Raul Midon, Andreas Vollenwider & Friends

July 8 @ Auditorium Stravinski
Ziggy Marley, Youssou NDour et le Super Etoile de Dakar, Alpha Blondy & The Solar System

July 10 @ Miles Davis Hall
Mario Biondi, Natalie Cole

July 11 @ Auditorium Stravinski
Sting ‘Symphonicity” – Performing his greatest hits with Orchestra conducted by Sarah Hicks

July 12 @ Auditorium Stravinski
Seal – “The Commitment Tour 2011”, Asa

July 12 @ Miles Davis Hall
Esperanza Spalding – Chamber Music Society, Return To Forever IV – “Hymn of the 7th Galaxy” With: Chick Corea, Jean Luc-Ponty, Stanley Clarke, Lenny White, Frank Gambale

July 13 @ Auditorium Stravinski
Quincy Jones presents The Q Project Tribute to Miles Davis with: Marcus Miller, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Sean Jones, Sean Rickman

July 13 @ Miles Davis Hall
Black Dub with: Daniel Lanois, Brian Blade & Trixie Whitley, Lamb, Mogwai

July 14 @ Auditorium Stravinski
Paul Simon

July 14 @ Miles Davis Hall
Femi Kuti, Mos Def & Robert Glasper Experiment

July 15 @ Miles Davis Hall
Liza Minnelli

July 16 @ Auditorium Stravinski
Deep Purple with Symphonic Orchestra

July 16 @ Miles Davis Hall
Larry Graham & Graham Central Station, Bootsy Collins – “Funk Capitol of the World Tour”, Cody Chestnutt

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