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Switzerland - The Montreux Jazz Festival: Claude Nob's Legacy

This collection contains  more than 5,000 hours of concerts recorded both in audio and video by many of the greatest names in jazz, blues and rock since the creation of the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1967, by the visionary Claude Nobs. It includes some extremely rare improvised jam sessions and unique footage of performers like Marvin Gaye who recorded their first and only performance for television in Montreux. Miles Davis played his last performance, conducted by Quincy Jones in 1991.

Photos: © 1971 Braunschweig; © 1997-Claude-Nobs; © 2006 Lionel Flusion; © 2008 Daniel Balmat

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