« 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.
The Montreux Jazz Festival video library is the largest testimony of live music recorded on the same stage, for the past 50 years - more than 5,000 bands among others were filmed in Montreux resulting in 14,000 recording tapes. Read more ›
Claude Nobs Era joined the Memory of the World Register. In June 2013, UNESCO has inscribed 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. Read more ›
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). Read more ›
Keeping Artists' Memory Alive :
Facts and figures
20'000 musicians played Montreux
Over 5 million spectators since 1967
400 LPs, CDs and 150 DVDs/Blu-ray Discs published by the Artists
6 Grammy AWARDS for 13 nominations
1 Latin Grammy AWARD
Tens of gold, platinum, multi-platinum records
Tens of million records sold by the Records Companies
One billion views on broadcast TVs and Radios since 1967
400 million views on YouTube since 2008, including 32 million for B.B. King’s “Live at Montreux 1993”
100 million streamings (Spotify, Tidal, Qobuz, Amazon etc.)
5,000+ concerts recorded
11,000+ hours of video, of which 5,000 in High Definition
6,000+ hours of audio of which 2/3 in multitrack format