Mon, mon Montreux! Jazz is back!


Tickets go on sale Friday 19 April GENEVA and MONTREUX, SWITZERLAND – The Montreux Jazz Festival is putting jazz in the driver’s seat for its 2013 festival in July, the organization said Thursday 18 April, in unveiling its lineup. “The 47th edition marks Jazz’s return with a vengeance to its lakefront home, with a dizzying […]

Montreux Funky Claude homage: shroud on the water

MONTREUX, SWITZERLAND – “We all came out to Montreux…” but this celebration was of a different kind, in homage to “Funky” Claude Nobs, the man who made the name Montreux Jazz Festival (MJF) synonymous with musical innovation, new talent, and unhinged jam sessions. This was the man Stephan Eicher and fellow artists took a bow […]

Jaton named new head of Montreux Jazz Festival

Mathieu Jaton, new head of the Montreux Jazz Festival

Series of memorial events for Claude Nobs announced by MJF board MONTREUX, SWITZERLAND – Mathieu Jaton was named the new general director/chief executive of the Montreux Jazz Festival (MJF), the organization’s board announced Tuesday morning 15 January. Jaton, who joined the festival in 1999, has been its secretary general since 2001 and he was selected […]

Claude Nobs dies, jazz world master leaves legacy (update)


GENEVA / MONTREUX, SWITZERLAND – The news arrived in the middle of the night that Claude Nobs, 76, died Thursday 10 January, some days after a Christmas holidays cross-country skiing accident in Caux-sur-Montreux, high above the town he made famous with his jazz festival. The announcement from the Montreux Jazz Festival was terse, simply saying […]

MJF boss Claude Nobs hospitalized, prognosis awaited

Claude Nobs Montreux Jazz Festival founder - Photo MJF ©Lionel Flusin

MONTREUX, SWITZERLAND – The Foundation Board of the Montreux Jazz Festival says founder Claude Nobs is currently hospitalized and in grave condition. According to a press release sent on 7 January, Nobs, one of the most recognized names in music worldwide, is in a “state of unconsciousness” since the Christmas break. The Montreux Jazz Festival communicates that during […]

Montreux Jazz’s Nobs remains ill, change to festival mggmt.

MONTREUX / GENEVA- Claude Nobs, longtime head of the  Montreux Jazz Festival, is being treated in hospital following a cross country ski accident and surgery at the Chuv university hospitals in Lausanne. Nobs remains unconscious and Monday 7 January the festival issued a brief statement that gives no prognosis but notes that Mathieu Jaton, secty […]

Montreux Jazz Festival closing: Stravinsky Hall “Freaks Out”, Ting Tings take Miles Davis

MONTREUX, SWITZERLAND – Boogy music producer Nile Rodgers “Freaked Out” the Montreux Jazz Festival last night, 13 July, with an evening of disco and dance music talent at Stravinsky Hall. Last night’s call to booty was met by a fired up Montreux audience ready to shake it. The closing night party line-up included performances by […]

Montreux Jazz Festival: Martha Wash and Marc Cerrone kick off FREAK OUT! Dance Party

MONTREUX, SWITZERLAND – Remember “It’s Rainin’ Men” and “Everybody Dance”? Well, Martha Wash got Stravinsky Hall going tonight, 13 July with her unforgettable dance standards, forever imprinted on our cerebral cortex. Disco Daddy, Marc Cerrone and friends followed close behind, putting the hall into a tail – as in booty – spin. It’s getting hot […]

Montreux Jazz Festival: Pedrito Martinez and company groove Miles Davis lounge

MONTREUX, SWITZERLAND – If you were lucky enough to catch the Rufus Wainwright show last night, 5 July at the Montreux Jazz Festival, you could have doubled your luck by catching the Pedrito Martinez Group performing shortly afterwards in the lounge at Miles Davis Hall. The quartet with members from Cuba, Venezuela and Peru – […]

Montreux Jazz Festival: the reign of Rufus Wainwright

MONTREUX, SWITZERLAND – Novices and loyal  subjects alike were treated on 5 July at the Montreux Jazz Festival (MJF) to an audience with the king of ersatz funk, Rufus Wainwright. I have been an armchair admirer of Wainwright’s genre and gender bending musical genius since I first heard “My Phone’s on Vibrate for You.” Wainwright’s […]