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Jalen N'Gonda

Unforgettable Music and Moments with Montreux and Fairmont

For more than 50 years, the Montreux Jazz Festival has welcomed the world’s biggest names in music to its stages every summer, drawing hundreds of thousands of fans to the Swiss city that shares its name.

Jalen N'Gonda

And now, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and AccorHotels are proud to partner with the Montreux Jazz Festival to present an exclusive artist showcase. Through the Fairmont European Tour Award — one of three prizes awarded at the festival each year — a panel of judges selects a winner among 16 emerging musicians from around the world. These musicians truly encapsulate the breadth and virtuosity of jazz, from experimental electronic artists and boundary-pushing ensembles to traditional vocalists and bebop revivalists.

We’re proud to announce that the inaugural winner of the Fairmont European Tour Award is singer Jalen N’Gonda!

Jalen N’Gonda: Golden Voice, Timeless Arrangements

Born and raised in Maryland, Jalen N’Gonda moved to Liverpool in 2014 to study jazz piano, but found a whole new outlet for his music in the British city. Singing and playing piano at bars and clubs throughout Liverpool, Jalen found his own voice by mixing his jazz training with the soulful sounds of Motown, which his father raised him on, and the legendary pop music history of the city he now calls home. Today, Jalen describes his music as the sound of an R&B artist looking to join the Beatles.

“To perform at a festival as legendary as this was truly a belter! Thanks, Montreux Jazz Festival for letting me share that with you.” — Jalen N'Gonda

Montreux Jazz Festival Moments at Fairmont

Jalen is also the first artist to lend his talents to the Montreux Jazz Festival Moments at Fairmont tour, a week-long swing through four Fairmont hotels in exceptional European destinations. Starting in Barcelona and working his way back to Montreux, Jalen will perform intimate sets with a live band for discerning jazz and R & B fans during evening hours.

Jalen N’Gonda on tour:

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