Backstage pass

Behind the scenes in Montreux


The band Moonlight Serenade giving a concert on the New Orleans Jazz Train

The cleaning team makes the Stravinski Auditorium shine

A festival poster attracts some love from some fans

The audience snapping away during the rapper Pitbull's concert

From left to right: American blues guitarist and singer Buddy Guy, festival founder Claude Nobs (1936-2013) and British guitarist John McLaughlin at Nobs' chalet

Technicians set up in the Stravinski Auditorium

Members of Chicago Blues: A Living History take a break

Mark Ronson does a soundcheck before the Freak Out! Night

The band Chic during the soundcheck

Time to rehearse

The British singer King Charles (left) gets into the groove

Fluid movements: an underwater dancer steals the show

Producer and guitarist Nile Rodgers during a rehearsal with his band Chic in Le Petit Palais

A technician naps during the Chic rehearsal




Normally, photographers capture the stars on stage. But the acclaimed French photographer Guy Le Querrec focused on the backstage activity at the 2012 Montreux Jazz Festival: rehearsals, sound checks, stage preparation and clean-up.

Born in Paris in 1941, Le Querrec has worked for the Magnum photo agency since 1976. His work is closely associated with jazz as he's been covering Montreux since the early 1970s. (All photos: Guy Le Querrec / Magnum)

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