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Montreux Jazz Festival Founder Claude Nobs Dead at 76

Jan 11 2013

Claude Nobs, the Swiss-born founder of the internationally acclaimed Montreux Jazz Festival died Thursday (January 10).  He had fallen while cross-country skiing on Christmas Eve in Caux-sur-Montreux and slipped into a coma.  Nobs launched the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1967 and created one of the most highly respected music festivals on the planet.  Artists as diverse as Miles Davis, Jack DeJohnette, Ella Fitzgerald, Sade, Annie Lennox, Prince and Bob Dylan have all performed at the event.  In the 1990's Quincy Jones joined Nobs to co-produce the festival.  His friends and co-workers posted on the Montreux website, "And in your typical spirit, you left us by surprise as if to remind us once more, that in life as in music, each great performance could be the last one even if the show must go on."  The next festival is scheduled for July.      

Last changed: Jan 11 2013 at 5:33 AM

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