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Montreux Jazz Festival 2007

The Montreux Jazz Festival is one of the most important Jazz Festivals worldwide. Bösendorfer is the official piano partner and this year the Festival was again visited by more than 200.000 visitors.

Already in 1967 the Montreux Jazz Festival, one of the most important Jazz Festivals worldwide, was founded by Claude Nobs, who became later chief executive of Warner Music Switzerland.
While the first Festival with giants of jazz like Keith Jarret and Jack DeJohnette lastet only three days, the festival which took place in 1977, exactly ten years later, had already a all-time-record-duration of 23 days.
One of the main factors of success was that beside the firs class jazz musicians also stars of Blues, Gospel, Sould Rock and Pop have been invited.

Tori Amos at the MJF (2007 © Lionel Flusin)

Tori Amos at the MJF (2007 © Lionel Flusin)

By this years festival for example, which lastet from july 6th until july 21st, the pop icone Tori Amos convinced the enthusiastic audience in the filled out Stravinsky-Hall with her sophisticated lyrics and excellent music.
Although several Bösendorfer pianos have been available for the festival, Tori Amos decided to play on HER Bösendorfer- tour-piano, a 280 concert grand.

Moncef Genoud (2007 © Daniel Balmat)

Moncef Genoud (2007 © Daniel Balmat)

Exalted applaus was also received by the bling pianist Moncef Genous. Born in Tunisie he came to Switzerland already at the age of two. Since earliest childhood he consecrated himself to jazz music and one of his most outstanding projects is the cooperation with Youssou N'Dour, which began already several years ago. Together they established a new african jazz which has an sustainable influence on jazz music.

Chick Corea & Gary Burton (2007 © Daniel Balmat)

Chick Corea & Gary Burton (2007 © Daniel Balmat)

Another highlight of this years jazz festival was Chick Corea who simply stated after his concert: „Bösendorfer, that’s my piano. The Imperial is my only concert piano, I’m having it in my living room!“

George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band (2007 © Daniel Balmat)

George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band (2007 © Daniel Balmat)

The unique concert with Chick Corea and Gary Burton in the Miles Davis Hall was followed by the performance of George Gruntz, renowned ambassador of the Euro-Jazz, with his Concert Jazz-Band.

Brad Mehldau (2007 © Daniel Balmat)

Brad Mehldau (2007 © Daniel Balmat)

With Brad Mehldau, who tapped the full dynamic and sound spectrum of the Bösendorfer Imperial, one of the most famous jazz pianists of the young generation could be seen on Bösendorfer. Regarding Bösendorfer he and Pat Metheny stated: „This piano is unbelievable rich in colour!“

Fazil Say

Fazil Say

Monty Alexander (2007 © Muriel Rochat)

Monty Alexander (2007 © Muriel Rochat)

Rickie Lee Jones (2007 © Lionel Flusin)

Rickie Lee Jones (2007 © Lionel Flusin)

Francis Hime (2007 © Daniel Balmat)

Francis Hime (2007 © Daniel Balmat)