The festival takes place June 29 through July 14 in various venues in Montreux, Switzerland. The ticketed performances are held at the Stravinski Auditorium and the Miles Davis Hall.
Just like last year, Montreux Jazz’s lineup was released earlier than planned in response to online leaks. A post on the festival’s website explained that a Swiss media outlet published some info it received from one of its readers on its German language site, two days before Montreux’s official announcement.
Chris Cornell will play his 2011 solo album Songbook June 30. The next day Ian Anderson will perform Jethro Tull’s 1972 concept album Thick as a Brick and the follow-up release, Anderson’s 2012 album, Thick As A Brick 2. Bobby McFerrin and Chick Corea also perform July 1.
Erykah Badu performs July 5, Bob Dylan’s set is scheduled July 8, and Herbie Hancock and his band play July 11.
Katie Melua will show off her new album, Secret Symphony, July 3. Tricky will play his 1995 debut Maxinquaye July 7 with help from multi-instrumentalist Martina Topley-Bird. Spectrum Road will perform in homage to jazz drummer Tony Williams July 7. The group features drummer Cindy Blackman-Santana, keyboard player John Medeski, guitarist Vernon Reid and bassist Jack Bruce.
Additional 2012 Montreux acts include Van Morrison, Buddy Guy, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, BeBe Winans, Bobby Womack, Rufus Wainwright, D’Angelo, Pitbull, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Tony Bennett, Nada Surf, The Ting Tings, Kimbra, Emeli Sande, Janelle Monae and Lana Del Rey.
Tickets are on sale now. The free program will be announced in June.
For more information visit MontreuxJazz.com.