25th July-2nd August: Cosmo Jazz

This entirely free festival is the fruit of the imagination of Chamonix’s own André Manoukian. This summer, he is extending the annual Cosmo Jazz festival for its 6th year: the festival will last for 9 days and will take place throughout les Houches and Chamonix in the Chamonix valley, and into the Trient valley just over the border in Switzerland.

During the day, ride the cable cars or head off on a hike in the ‘cosmic’ heights of the mountains, where you’ll come across jazz musicians from all over the world, improvising together in the most beautiful high-mountain locations.

When it’s time for the Apérojazz (jazz aperitif), the streets and bars will resonate to the jazzy sound of brass bands that are let loose on the town.

In the evening, the musicians and audience can gather together at the Cosmo Jam sessions at the Hotel Alpina until the end of the night.

Concerts with altitude

Cosmo Jazz has chosen eight of Chamonix and Trient’s most spectacular sites for these exceptional open-air performances including: the Emosson dam, Le Prarion in les Houches, top of Le Brévent & Planpraz cable cars at Brévent-Flégère, Lognan at Les Grands Montets, Montenvers train station at Mer de Glace, and Charamillon at Le Tour.

Prebook your lift passes before you arrive in Chamonix and get straight up the mountain to enjoy the music when you get here. Visit our Chamonix Resort Shop to book and pay securely online.

Apero Jazz

Head back down the mountain into town and enjoy early evening music throughout the valley from 6pm, in Place du Triangle de l’Amitié as well as many of our favourite bars, which in previous years have included Mix bar, le Kitsch Inn, Elevation, Le Vert hotel, Bar’d Up, Atelier, MBC and Chambre Neuf.

Cosmo Jam

Enjoy jam sessons at the hotel Alpina and more live music at more bars thoughout Chamonix and Les Houches.

Full festival programme

View the full programme here.

Location: all over the Chamonix valley and town
Rates: Free of charge (you can buy bracelets in support of the festival)
Further information: Office de Tourisme de Chamonix
Tel: +33 (0) 4 50 53 00 24
Web: http://www.cosmojazzfestival.com