The Monte-Carlo Jazz Festival is back with Gregory Porter and more …


The Monte-Carlo Jazz Festival is back this year, with a program of seven flashy, finger-snapping concerts from November 23 to December 4, featuring international musical sensations. Founded in 2006 by Jean-René Palacio, the Monte-Carlo Jazz Festival is known for programming the greatest jazz performers of our time. For this 15th Festival which will take place at the Opéra Garnier, on the program: Avishai Cohen, Jamie Cullum, Steve Hackett, Gregory Porter… Artists who all prove that jazz is still alive and well today.


Avishai Cohen Trio

Few trips have been as adventurous and unpredictable as the musical journey Avishai Cohen has been on for more than twenty years. The vast discography of this much-loved Israeli bassist and composer is a testament to the constant evolution that characterized his career as a jazz player. The artist grew up in a family of musicians near Jerusalem and played the piano, until the bass captured his full attention! Moved to New York in the 1990s, he was noticed by Chick Corea. He then created a trio with pianist and composer Elchin Shirinov and drummer Roni Kaspi. Avishai Cohen Trio offers us a new chapter, full of enthusiasm and joy for an evening under the theme of sharing for this fifteenth Monte Carlo Jazz Festival.

Tuesday 23 November 8:30 p.m. 75 €

Jamie Cullum back in Monaco

When releasing his latest album ‘Taller’, Jamie Cullum said: “My music is basically that of a jazz fan!” Indeed, at barely twenty, the artist scandalized the world of jazz, shaking up a selection of nuggets from the “Great American Song Book” with his youthful ardor to give it a resolutely “pop jazz” version. Forty years now, a handful of gold records and the Grammy Awards in his pocket, Jamie Cullum is definitely part of the great family of vocal jazz and no one would question his legitimacy. Always with the same enthusiasm, but rich in a maturity that extends to his phrasing and his increasingly assertive talents as a composer, Jamie Cullum continues to portray his vision of jazz. In 2004, he participated in the soundtrack of Bridget Jones’ film by covering the song “Everlasting Love”. In 2008, he composed the ballad Gran Torino, for the film of the same name by Clint Eastwood. After the first Summer Concert of the Monegasque Red Cross last July, the artist returns to Monaco on the stage of the Opéra Garnier Monte-Carlo.

Wednesday 24 November 8:30 p.m. 85 €

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Steve Hackett, Genesis Revisited

Stephen Richard is real name, a British songwriter and performer known as the guitarist of Genesis from 1971 to 1977. A pioneer of the progressive genre, his electric guitar playing is based on an ethereal and experimental sound, emphasizing the harmony and musicality rather than technique. demonstration. This is how he developed a very particular poetic, offbeat and dreamlike sound universe, specific to his solo career which he began in 1975, producing key and critically acclaimed albums such as Selling England by the Pound (a favorite of John Lennon). Absent from tours for (too) a long time, in 2013 he released a new edition of his album Genesis Revisited which awakened the passion of his fans and gave way to feverish tours around the world. In 2019, Steve’s live performances reached their peak and Hackett went on a sold-out tour in which he merged the albums Morning, Selling England by the Pound and At the edge of Light. At the height of his career and acclaimed by critics, the artist announced a 2021 tour of Genesis’s live album, Seconds Out, recorded during a concert at the Palais des Sports in Paris in June 1977.

Thursday 25 November 8:30 p.m. 65 €

Gregory Porter

The young Californian rocked by the soul of Marvin Gaye and the jazz of Nat King Cole made his Broadway debut in the musical ‘It is not nothin’ but the blues’ (1999). This success allowed him to stage his own musical Nat King Cole & Me in 2004. The Grammy Awards followed, evenings with Stevie Wonder and even concerts for the Queen of England… but Gregory Porter remains humble. According to the artist, his immense success is due to one theory: “My voice rocked me when I was a child, and I think the same goes for others who hear me sing. I try to heal myself with these songs. The sixth studio album, All Rise, marks a return to the original compositions of the baritone who loves sensitive lyrics, mixing jazz and soul, blues and gospel. The strings were recorded in the studios of Abbey Road and the heart of the All Rise album has its source in two different places: Los Angeles in the legendary Capitol studios and in a small cozy studio in the Saint-Germain-des- Pres in Paris, a place in the literary and jazz sphere.

Monday 29 November 8:30 p.m. 85 €

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