B.B. King was the greatest living exponent of the blues and considered by many to be the most influential guitarist of the latter part of the 20th century. His career dates back to the late forties and despite now being in his eighties he remains a vibrant and charismatic live performer. B.B. King has been a frequent visitor to the Montreux festival, appearing 23 times, so choosing one performance was no easy task. This 1993 concert is ranked as one of his finest at any venue. With a superb backing band and a great set list its a must for any blues fan.
30 April: International Jazz Day
For its fourth edition, International Jazz Day is being celebrated all over the planet. In Paris, this year’s host city, Montreux is taking part this evening with a ‘carte blanche’ at the Centre Culturel Suisse.
The Montreux Jazz Café at EPFL will occupy the southern part of the complex overlooking Lake Geneva. More than just a food hall, and thanks to the support of Audemars Piguet SA, the Café will also be a hub of experimentation dedicated to enhancement of the Montreux Jazz Festival audio-visual archives digitised by the EPFL, which include over 15,000 hours of recordings (part of the UNESCO Memory of the World register since 2013). The public will be given opportunities to discover these, in particular via immersive visualisation and navigation devices developed at EPFL. These digitisation and enhancement operations were performed in the framework of the Montreux Jazz Digital Project thanks to support by Audemars Piguet as well as other partners who joined the initiative – Logitech SA for developing the demonstrators, the Ernst Göhner Foundation, Amplidata, the Fondation Lombard Odier, Loterie Romande as well as private sponsors.