« It’s the most important testimonial to the history of music, covering jazz, blues and rock »
These are the words that Quincy Jones pronounced to present the preservation and valorisation project of one of the musical monuments from the 20th century, the Montreux Jazz Festival Archives.
Claude Nobs Era joined the Memory of the World Register. In June 2013, UNESCO has inscribed 5,000 hours of the Montreux Jazz Festival audiovisual collection in its international Memory of the World Register, the documentary equivalent of “World Heritage”.
This collection of “live” music recordings, ranging from 1967-2012, with universal significance and intercultural dimensions for current and future generation has no direct equal in the world. This musical library traces a timeline of stylistic influences from the early styles of jazz to the present day.
In 2007, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) and Montreux Sounds, curator of the archives, have decided to join forces to create a unique and first of a kind, high resolution digital archive of the Festival.
This project started with the assistance of private individual benefactors following the signature of an agreement between Claude Nobs, Thierry Amsallem, curators of the archive, and President Patrick Aebischer (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne / EPFL).
Facts and figures
Over 5 million spectators since 1967
400 LPs, CDs and 140 DVDs/Blu-ray Discs published by the Artists
6 Grammy AWARDS for 13 nominations
1 Latin Grammy AWARD
US only and since 2003: 10 gold, 4 platinum, 2 multi-platinum records (many more since 1967)
Tens of million records sold by the Records Companies
A billion views on broadcast TVs and Radios since 1967
300 million views on YouTube since 2008, including 24 million for B.B. King’s “Live at Montreux 1993”
4,000 concerts recorded
5,000 hours of video, of which 2,000 in High Definition
5,000 hours of audio of which 2/3 in multitrack format