Since 1967, Montreux has hosted some of the most important female figures of the music world. Jazz, soul, Brazilian or African music, blues, rock or electronic bursts: all music genres have been celebrated by iconic artists. From Nina Simone to Patti Smith, and with the new generation embodied by Anna Calvi and Shemekia Copeland, all these women have brightened the various editions of the Festival with their presence. Today we celebrate women's talent.
Playlist Montreux Jazz
New versions of some titles by other artists have sometimes been so successful that they eclipse the original releases. Joe Cocker’s interpretation of the Beatles song “With a Little Help from My Friends” is the best example of this, with the single topping the charts in the UK. Numerous artists have shared their covers or versions of older titles with the audience at the Montreux Jazz Festival, in a wide variety of genres ranging from reggae to Brazilian music, and of course jazz.