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Montreux Jazz Festival Launches Virtually This Friday

Victoria Wasylak • News • July 1, 2020

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The Montreux Jazz Festival has announced the launch of “Summer Of Music” to mark the 54th edition of the annual festival in Montreux, Switzerland. From Friday, July 3 to Sunday, July 18, when the Montreux Jazz Festival was due to take place, Montreux will be bringing the magic of the festival to viewers at home with rare and never-before-seen performances streamed exclusively via YouTube. “Summer Of Music” will showcase iconic Montreux Jazz Festival performances from some of the world’s most legendary artists, including Nina Simone, Etta James, and Carlos Santana.

Through a partnership between Eagle Rock and the festival’s media subsidiary Montreux Media Ventures, the Montreux Jazz Festival will stream one performance a day across the 16 days, including world premieres from legends like John Lee Hooker (1983) and Charles Bradley (2016).

Mathieu Jaton, CEO of Montreux Jazz Festival, said: “Since its beginnings in 1967, the Montreux Jazz Festival has been immensely fortunate to have built up, thanks to the visionary spirit of Claude Nobs, a rich and unique audiovisual archive. This heritage has made the Festival famous and continues to make it shine through initiatives such as the 54th Summer of Music, made possible through our collaboration with the Claude Nobs Foundation, Eagle Rock and the NMAAM. This summer, this heritage is more essential than ever.”

Geoff Kempin, Eagle Rock’s executive director, said “Marvin Gaye’s 1980 performance marked the inaugural collaboration between Montreux and Eagle Rock Entertainment, it paved the way for not only an exciting stable of ongoing releases, but also a fantastic line-up of artists at this summer’s Virtual Montreux Festival. We are delighted to be partnering with the Montreux Jazz Festival and YouTube in this summer Festival celebrating the diversity of artists that have performed at Montreux.”

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