Montreux Jazz Festival Paul Simon
The canton of Vaud in Switzerland is home to the eye-catching beauty of Montreux, a municipality nestling in the sprawling feet of the Alps, skirting Lake Geneva. Montreux’s famous Montreux Casino was the first home of the festival. The concept was the brainchild of former Tourism Office director Claude Nobs, Swiss jazz pianist Geo Vormund, Rene Langel, and Atlantic Records bigwigs Ahmet & Nesuhi Ertegun. Exclusively jazz artists were invited to the first 3-day Montreux Jazz Festival
in 1967, including Jack DeJohnette & Keith Jarrett. The festival continued in the same vein till the early 1970s, when it started opening up its rigid stance. Meanwhile, the 1971 festival was overshadowed by a hooligan burning down the casino with a flare gun during Frank Zappa’s performance. It took until 1975 to rebuild & refurbish the Casino & by that time other arenas had staked their claim & helped make the Montreux Jazz Festival
an event that truly involved the city. In the 80s, focus shifted to Brazilian music, and pop & rock acts which drew great crowds. Quincy Jones took up co-production with Nobs from 1991 to 1993, & he was instrumental in moving the focus to the larger Convention Center from the Casino for logistical purposes. Since 1993, the Convention Center has been the seat of the main events with its two major halls (the Stravinsky Auditorium & Miles Davis Hall), the intimate & cozy Montreux Jazz Café, & many open-air stages. Additionally, Montreux Palais & Le Petit Palais are involved, & the lake is often filled with boats hosting themed shows. The festival recently introduced Voice, Piano, Guitar, & local band competitions for young talents.
is one of the headliners at the festival, with his 54 year experience & exposure standing him in good stead. His early struggles in his career, from 1957 to 1964, saw nearly thirty songs come out, many of them with Art Garfunkel, but the duo never really gelled until a 1964 LP Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M.
spawned the smash hit “The Sounds of Silence”. By that time, Simon had gone to England, dispirited, but the song’s slow-growing success eventually reached a #1 peak, prompting a reunion. The soundtrack for Mike Nichols’ The Graduate
really propelled them to immortality as “Mrs. Robinson” became a classic, & they released the heavily appreciated albums Sounds of Silence
; Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme
; & Bridge over Troubled Water
(25 million copies sold), which produced the hit title track & “The Boxer”. In 1971, at the height of their fame, they split, & Simon released a few uproariously successful #1 solo albums (Paul Simon
& Still Crazy After All These Years
). Bit-part collaboration with Garfunkel did continue, including two major reunion tours, but Simon’s solo work has received great appreciation, like in Graceland
The Montreux Jazz Festival
will be at its experimental best this time. Over the years, jazz supremos Ella Fitzgerald, BB King, & Nina Simone have mixed it up with rock-gods like Led Zeppelin, Frank Zappa, Stevie Ray Vaughn & Eric Clapton. Attendances have soared since the expansion gained momentum, with 220,000 attendees with Montreux Jazz Festival Paul Simon tickets
recorded in 1999.
The festival brings the best of live music in the serene environment of the Swiss Alps for enthusiasts. With the entire municipality a rocking hub of mesmerizing music for a fortnight, it is hard to resist the temptation of joining the universal rhythm. Montreux Jazz Festival Paul Simon tickets
ensure an audience with one of the carnival’s many leading lights.