Claude reminisced with IRF Founders Miguel and Darryl about his first encounters with radio back in the early sixties, saying “Without music radio the Montreux Jazz Festival would never have made itself known to swiftly around the world, far more than Tv”.
Taking the chance whilst Claude marvelled at the Swiss “Chalet Chic” interior of the studio bus, Darryl & Miguel invited Claude to participate in the 3rd Edition of the IRF in September. Watch this space for more news on this… More impressions on IRF Facebook
When Claude Nobs took his first trip to the United States in the 1960’s he was just a young Swiss chef travelling abroad. After a visit to the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, Nobs decided to drop in at the New York offices of Atlantic Records. Despite having no scheduled appointment, Nobs managed to get into the office of Atlantic Records Director, the late Nesuhi Ertugun, simply by saying that he was from Switzerland. The two men hit it off instantly and Switzerland’s Montreux Jazz Festival was born.
Since its premiere in 1967, the Montreux Jazz Festival has gone on to become one of the most successful and respected music festivals in the world. The same spontaneity, flair and audacity with which Nobs first gained admittance into the Atlantic offices has become his trademark, successfully recruiting performers such as Miles Davis, Aretha Franklin and Roberta Flack.