Phoebe Bridgers closes the Montreux Jazz Festival – Music News

After two weeks filled with pop, rock, soul, jazz, R&B, ambient electronics and indie boarding masterclasses, the 56th edition of the legendary Montreux Jazz Festival is finally coming to an end. After 16 days of unmissable music, some of the biggest names in contemporary music have performed on the stages of Montreux, including Diana Ross, Björk, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Måneskin, Stormzy, The Smile and Gregory Porter.

At the end of the 56th edition of the Montreux Jazz Festival at the Montreux Jazz Lab, Phoebe Bridgers is waiting backstage. With her music commonly described as “melancholic and dreamy”, Bridgers quickly rose to the highest echelons of independent fame. Even the Rolling Stones have taken notice of Bridgers’ incredible talent, after recruiting her for their BST Hyde Park show last month. The California native continues to impress with her relatable songwriting, receiving critical acclaim that has led to four Grammy nominations, including “Best New Artist.” The next leg of Bridgers’ musical journey has taken her to western Switzerland, where Montreux audiences patiently await her succumbing multi-layered indie-pop.

Bridgers is greeted by the Montreux crowd, delighted with her effortless banter about contemporary life that is often sprinkled throughout her set. She’s equipped with an arsenal of hits, starting with the exquisite break-up anthem “Motion Sickness” before playing almost every track from her 2020 release “Punisher,” including the cathartic anthem “Kyoto” and the wraparound “Graceland Too”. Having achieved unexpected fame in the pandemic, Bridger’s has proven its place on the global stage and acts as the thirst-quenching appetizer for the acts to come.

After being recognized as the ‘rising star’ at the British Jazz Awards in 2003, Jamie Cullum’s success has been on an upward trajectory with BRIT Award and Grammy nominations. Cullum’s most recent recognition was “Best Song Musically and Lyrically” at the Ivor Novello Awards for his track “The Age of Anxiety,” which was partly inspired by his friendship with the late Amy Winehouse.

Always innovative, Cullum puts on a dark and magical show tonight in the historic Stravinsky Auditorium. Backed by a pitch-perfect band that follows each of his tracks, the savant swings between classic jazz melodies, funky “Big-band” tunes and afrobeat jivey in his own jaw-dropping way. Cullum continues the set with hits such as “I Get A Kick Out Of You” and “What A Difference A Day Made”. However, it’s in the finale “All At Sea” where Cullum really shines, delivering a career-best performance of his original piano track, eventually fading to his smooth vocals as he refrains “Later you could skip time with me, if you want, all at sea.” Cullum truly commands the spotlight like no other.

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