The ever-popular Monte-Carlo Jazz Festival returns to the Principality this November with an interesting and diverse programme on offer.
The 8th edition of the Monte-Carlo Jazz Festival runs from Tuesday 26th to Saturday, 30th November. Once again organised by Monte-Carlo SBM in association with partners Audi and Rolex, and under the high patronage of H.S.H. Prince Albert II, the festival will take place in the sumptuous surroundings of the Salle Garnier in the Opéra de Monte-Carlo.
Celebrating their 150th anniversary, Monte-Carlo SBM has ensured that the 2013 programme will appeal to all fans of jazz, from the casual listener to the afficionado, welcoming prestigious artists as well as new talents for the festival.
The 2013 festival opens at 8:30pm on Tuesday, 26th November with ‘Mehliana’, a mixture of jazz and funk, featuring world class pianist Brad Mehldau and drummer Mark Guiliana. Also on the programme for the night are two giants of the world of guitar, jazz fusion exponent Larry Coryell and the flameco-influenced Juan Carmona Quartet, two differing styles guaranteed to thrill!
The second night of the festival, Wednesday 27 November, is probably one of the highlights of the 2013 programme – the Marcus Miller Band appearing alongside the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra with a fresh, new collaboration, all under the musical direction of Damon Gupton.
There will also be some young up-and-coming talent sharing the stage with these giants, including Robert Glasper on the piano, Kenn Hicks, a singer fusing opera with jazz, the Brazilian harpist Edmar Castaneda, and the astounding Grégoire Maret on harmonica.
On Thursday, 28th November, in an evening entitled ‘Remember Shakti’, guitarist John McLaughlin and tabla player Zakir Hussain celebrate 40 years of friendship and music — an evening of perfect chemistry and magical moments guaranteed. They will be joined on stage by Shankar Mahadevan, Uppalapu Shrinivas and Viniyakram Selvaganesh.
The penultimate night of the 2013 festival on Friday 29th November, welcomes some promising young talent to the Salle Garnier. Italian pianist Raphael Gualazzi (pictured above), Kellylee Evans, a Canadian singer of Jamaican descent, and Eric Légnini, who mixes jazz with pop melodies and afro-beat, all feature on the programme.
The festival comes to a close on Saturday, 30th November with performances from funk master Maceo Parker, (2% jazz, 98% funky stuff!), contemporary soul-meisters The James Hunter Six, and Franco-Italian Charles Pasi.
As an added bonus, there is a photographic exhibition entitled ‘Jazz at the Opera…’, featuring the works of Philip Ducap, which will run in tandem with the festival in the atrium of the Casino. Admission is free.
Tickets for the 2013 festival cost €60 and €70 (depending on the concert) and are available online. You may also reserve your place by calling the box office on +377 98 06 36 36 between 10am and 7pm (open 7 days a week) or by emailing them.
Opéra de Monte-Catlo
Place du Casino
MC 98000 Monaco
Lead image Raphael Gualazzi – © Laurent Seroussi