Calling all music lovers! The 17th Monte-Carlo Jazz Festival is almost here!

Publication date: 06/11/2023
It’s the biggest event of the autumn for music fans. The 17th Monte-Carlo Jazz Festival is taking place from 17 November to 2 December 2023.

A celebration of jazz in all its wonderful diversity, putting jazz legends and rising new stars in the spotlight, created and supported by illustrious figures like Marcus Miller and Ibrahim Maalouf, the Monte-Carlo Jazz Festival is like no other!

Once again this year, this exceptional event promises to live up to its lofty reputation with a prestige line-up of performers. Altogether, jazz fans can look forward to eleven concerts and some unforgettable evenings. So who can you expect to see this year? Brace yourself! Ron Carter with a special guest appearance by Marcus Miller, Billy Cobham, Steve Gadd, Jan Garbarek, Macy Gray, Jeanne Added, Alex Jaffray with “Le son d’Alex”, not to mention Pianoforte, Kareen Giock Thuram, Thomas de Pourquery, Keziah Jones, Incognito, Léon Phal and Dominique Fils-Aimé, who will be joining Ibrahim Maalouf on stage.

There’s an extra treat for cinema fans too, with a special screening of Clint Eastwood’s “Bird” at the Opéra Garnier on 17 November, in partnership with the Audiovisual Institute of Monaco! The multi-award winning biopic tells the story of legendary saxophonist Charlie Parker.

Reflecting its commitment to bringing the joy of jazz to a wider audience and playing a big part in the cultural life of the Principality, the Monte-Carlo Jazz Festival will also include a Jazz & Modern Music concert on 21 November, featuring talented young artists from the Rainier III Academy. The varied programme, encompassing everything from jazz to pop with new interpretations of well-known classics, will be a once-in-a-lifetime chance for around thirty students to perform in a professional setting at the prestigious Opéra Garnier.

And throughout the Festival, there will be even more jazz music to enjoy with “Before” sessions at the Crystal Bar of the Hôtel Hermitage, and “Afters” at the Café de la Rotonde of the Casino Monte-Carlo.

Photo credits: Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer -