The Montreux Jazz Festival Claude Nobs Legacy, inscribed as of June 2013 on UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register.


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“The Montreux Jazz Festival Claude Nobs Legacy"

The collection comprises of the entire back catalogue of recorded performances from the creation of the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1967 (June 16 – 18) by Claude Nobs until the 46th edition, the last under his direction in 2012 (June 29 – July 14).

For almost half a century, Claude Nobs has been a cultural bridge between Europe and America. The role of Claude Nobs was essential in welcoming a diversity of musical styles and future influences, regularly providing young talents with a chance to perform and influence audiences, putting together renowned musicians from a variety of backgrounds to create exceptional moments and in organizing unique musical projects.

Being among the first one to synchronize the visual to the music for every performance, having adopted leading edge technology at a very early stage (HDTV since 1991, audio multi-tracks recording) and over time, mixing other kind of music to promote jazz, the Montreux Jazz Festival has produced a wealth of visual and audio recordings on more than 10,000 tapes, which is unique in its genre.

Interview with Marcus Miller, Montreux Jazz Festival 2013

Founded by Claude Nobs in 1967 to promote Montreux as a destination for musical excellence, over the years the Montreux Jazz Festival has become an unmissable event for music fans in Switzerland and around the world. Since its creation, the Festival has experienced a remarkable growth in its notoriety and, in the 1970s, began to gain wide acclaim as one of the world’s greatest cultural celebrations for jazz. Its stages have been graced by all of music’s greats, from Miles Davis to Herbie Hancock and from Carlos Santana to Neil Young. During the 1990s, Claude Nobs shared the directorship of the festival with Quincy Jones. Whereas Jazz constitutes the Festival’s historic core, other styles of music were quickly integrated into the Festival, bound together by a common thread of mutual curiosity and enthusiasm, but also to promote jazz. Later, with several stages of soul-stirring music (including jazz, blues, gospel, rhythm and blues, rock, funk, African, Latin, folk and others) the Festival proved to be an artistic melting-pot, a privileged space for intercultural dialogue and a quite unique celebration of this kind.

 

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Having made its reputation with its ambitious programming choices, the Montreux Jazz Festival offers musicians an ideal platform and an intimate setting to play and to be recorded.
The Festival has also shared its experience since the 80’s creating the Montreux Newport Jazz Festival, Montreux Atlanta, Montreux Tokyo, Montreux Singapore, Montreux Kawasaki festivals.

The 47th Edition of Montreux Jazz Festival took place from July 4th to 20th, 2013. With a budget of 25 Million CHF, and 1,350 staff, it produced 16 Scenes, and allowed 250,000 visitors and 650 journalists to enjoy 18 days of concerts in a unique and unparalleled experience.