Geneva, Switzerland — Long spring days are finally here and with them come an embarrassment of riches in the way of music festivals. With over 300 large and small fests you snooze, you lose — unless you’ve mastered the art of tele-transportation. Here’s my list of some of the most popular festivals in Geneva and…
Tag: Montreux Jazz Festival
Remembering the Swiss concerts of Chris Cornell, Soundgarden and Audioslave
GENEVA – Nothing screams grunge as Seattle in the U.S., and nothing could be further away from it than the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. Yet, the two have met many a times in the shores of Lake Geneva and produced some gut wrenching performances, including some by Chris Cornell, 52, whose death on 17 May sent shock waves among…
Al Jarreau retires from touring, cancels Montreux Jazz Academy participation in Switzerland
Story updated to reflect Jarreau’s passing. GENEVA — Jazz legend and Montreux Jazz Festival regular Al Jarreau, 76, has died only days after announcing his retirement from touring and resigning from a mentorship at the Montreux Jazz Academy. Jarreau’s career span of over 50-years included 16 concerts in Switzerland’s most famous music festival. Just three days before his…
Swiss memories of a Prince-ly artist
GENEVA – Synthpop, Minneapolis Sound, R&B, new wave and pop are but a few of the genres that the late music icon, Prince, successfully interpreted. His death, less than two months before his 58th birthday, has left his fans sad and heart-broken. RIP to @prince…a true artist in every sense of the word. Gone…
David Bowie’s glam connection to the Lake Geneva, Switzerland area
GENEVA – Synthpop may have originated elsewhere, but one of its stars made the Swiss Riviera, home. At least for a while. Glam rock’s poster child, David Bowie, passed away today at age 69; and while life on the limelight was elsewhere, Lake Geneva was certainly important.
Bennett Croons, Gaga Booms, Cheek to Cheek at MJF
MONTREUX, SWITZERLAND – I want to live like Tony Bennett; have a career that spans six plus decades with widespread artistic acclaim and wow concert halls with silky rhythm, at nearly 90 years of age.
B.B. King’s sweet blues with Switzerland
GENEVA, Switzerland – The blues is blue this week with the passing on 14 May of one of its legends: the great B.B. King, who also happened to have performed in Switzerland more than 20 times in a 33-year span.
The 2015 Montreux Jazz Festival Poster: Hit or Miss?
GENEVA, Switzerland – The 2015 Montreux Jazz Festival poster has been unveiled and it has me wondering, has artist Sylvie Fleury successfully captured an “explosion of color and music,” or has it simply… imploded?