Monforte in Jazz, the history of the festival - Piedmont Travel Guide

Monforte in Jazz, the history of the festival

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Monforte in Jazz Festival

By climbing through the streets of Monforte d’Alba, beautiful center of the Langhe and the birthplace of great producers of Barolo, there is always conquered by the beauty of ‘ Auditorium Horszowsky, situated on the summit of a medieval village. A unique place and one of the most unique locations in the Italian festival scene: right here many of the most famous and popular players in the international music scene give life, for 43 years, for one appointment. Artistic quality and sophistication of the performers come together in the program Monfortinjazz and more to offer to an increasingly international audience, educated and prepared a unique suggestion.

(From July to August, discover the program)

The Monforte Jazz Auditorium

monforte auditorium during concert

The outdoor auditorium of Monforte D’Alba, exploits a natural auditorium located between the ancient bell tower at the top, the Oratory of St.
Augustine on the left and bottom, to serve as the stage background, the walls of the castle and the oratory of Scarampi Santa Elisabetta. La capacity of this space is only 800 seats, including forums that are held in high only during the festival.

The auditorium was named in 1986 to the great Russian pianist Mieczysław Horszowski during his memorable concert.

The acoustics, because of the particular shape, is excellent and so is the visibility ‘to reach every point of the auditorium: all this in a space thus collected makes the concerts unique and impressive for the spectators and for very large international artists who honor us with their presence.

Monforte in Jazz Artist

It ‘s impossible to remember all the artists who have performed here since 1976

Here is a list strictly in alphabetical order but definitely incomplete:

  • AIRES TANGO
  • Nicola Arigliano
  • Joe BARBIERI
  • Ryan BINGHAM
  • Mario Biondi
  • Aloe BLACC
  • Brian Blade
  • BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA
  • BLONDE REDHEAD
  • BOKANTE ‘
  • Stefano Bollani (9 times)
  • Joe Bonamassa
  • Randy BRECKER
  • Dee Dee BRIDGEWATER
  • Ruth BROWN
  • BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB
  • Francesco CAFISO
  • Sergio Cammariere
  • CALEXICO
  • Vinicio CAPOSSELA (4 times)
  • Franco Cerri
  • Bruce Cockburn
  • Giorgio CONTE
  • Paul CONTE (4 times)
  • Gianni THIGH
  • Gal Costa
  • Steve HACKETT
  • Charlie HADEN
  • Francesco de Gregori
  • Hamilton DE HOLANDA
  • Tullio de Piscopo
  • Willy DE VILLE
  • Maria Pia DE VITO
  • Ludovico EINAUDI (4 times)
  • ELIO AND STORIES TESE
  • Bill EVANS
  • Robben FORD
  • Ivano Fossati
  • Paolo Fresu
  • Bill FRISELL
  • Richard GALLIANO
  • Frank GAMBALE
  • Jan Garbarek
  • Roberto CAT
  • Ray ICE CREAM
  • Gilberto Gil
  • GIPSY KINGS
  • Robert GLASPER
  • Gov’t Mule
  • Raphael Gualazzi
  • Francesco GUCCINI
  • Trilok Gurtu
  • Scott HAMILTON
  • Omar HAKIM
  • INCOGNITO
  • Enzo JANNACCI
  • JOAN AS POLICE WOMAN
  • Darryl Jones
  • Diana KRALL
  • Barney KESSEL
  • KINGS OF CONVENIENCE
  • Ute LEMPER
  • Arto LINDSAY
  • LOS LOBOS
  • LOS VAN VAN
  • MANHATTAN TRANSFER
  • Ray MANTILLA
  • Rita MARCOTULLI
  • Branford MARSALIS
  • Medeski, Martin & WOOD
  • Brad MEHLDAU
  • MILES SMILES
  • Gabriele MIRABASSI
  • Jaques MORENLENBAUM
  • MORGAN
  • NAKED MUSIC (Petra Magoni- Ferruccio Spinetti)
  • Agnes OBEL
  • John PATITUCCI
  • Danilo Perez
  • Gianluca Petrella
  • Michel PETRUCCIANI
  • Madeleine PEYROUX
  • PLAZA FRANCE
  • Dulce PONTES
  • Gregory Porter
  • Omara PORTUONDO
  • Patty Pravo
  • Massimo Ranieri
  • Enrico RAVA
  • Marc Ribot
  • Bobo RONDELLI
  • Wallace RONEY
  • Wayne SHORTER
  • Omar SOSA
  • Mavis STAPLES
  • Mike STERN
  • Ralph SUTTON
  • Mick TAYLOR
  • Yann TIERSEN
  • Gianluigi Trovesi
  • Rufus WAINWRIGHT

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