Everything you need to know about this year’s Monte-Carlo Jazz Festival

The Monte-Carlo Jazz Festival will return this autumn with an eclectic roster of performers as well as the popular Before & After series at intimate and iconic venues around the Principality. 

The Monte-Carlo Jazz Festival (MCJF), now in its 17th year, has hit its stride with the 2023 edition. The concert series will feature some of the biggest names not just from the jazz world, but also from pop, comedy, soul and R&B, giving it a truly broad-base appeal that is standing the test of time.  

Festival highlights

Concerts to look forward to include those by American soul and pop star Macy Gray on 25th November, and French-Lebanese trumpeter and MCJF regular Ibrahim Maalouf on 2nd December. Festival godfather Marcus Miller is making a special guest appearance with the Ron Carter Foursight Quartet on 18th November. 

Other highlights include a modern jazz show by students from the Academie Rainier III on 21st November and a special collaboration between Magma and the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra on 27th November,  

MCJF is also hosting a “masterclass” on 26th November, where Alex Jaffray will take the audience through “the soundtrack of [their] life”. This event is a unique mix of music, comedy and insights that leaves no genre unheard… Expect everything from Bach to Daft Punk via The Eagles and Gilbert Montagné! 

Additionally, the MCJF will be hosting a special screening of Clint Eastwood’s highly acclaimed and touching film Bird about the turbulent life of jazz saxophonist legend Charlie Bird Parker on 17th November.  

Finally, the Bar Américain at the Hôtel de Paris, the Crystal Bar at the Hôtel Hermitage and the Casino de Monte Carlo’s Café de la Rotonde will be hosting Before & After events throughout the festival, offering dedicated fans even more action and up-close experiences with their idols.  

The Monte-Carlo Jazz Festival runs from 17th November to 2nd January. Concerts will be held exclusively at the Opéra Garnier.  

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