21 July 2013
Noa Guest on Quincy Jones Birthday Show, Montreux (Switzerland)
2013 is a watershed year twice over for Quincy Jones.
Claude Nobs’ alter ego for many many years and a human monument to the history of modern music, Quincy Jones will celebrate his 80th birthday this year. And it’s on the emotion-charged Montreux stage that he plans to celebrate it, thus paying tribute to his friend Nobbs. Appropriately, the highly symbolic final curtain on this 47th edition will be rung down to the sound of music orchestrated by a bouquet of guests and friends: the Globbal Gumbo, accompanied by the In the House Band and directed by Greg Phillinganes. An finally, like a red thread reminding us of the links, Claude Nobs’ adored Pepe Lienhard big band.
2013 is also a watershed year of recognition. Because today, 18 April 2013, just as the Montreux Jazz Festival programming officially opens, Quincy Jones enters the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. A logical choice when you consider the breadth of his career, his commitment and his considerable influence on the world of music: a producer, conductor, arranger, composer and trumpeter, Jones was nominated 79 times for a Grammy Award and actually received 27 of them, including a Grammy Legend Award in 1991. 1991, another famous year marked by the last Montreux concert of another legend, Miles Davis. Because Quincy and Claude, co-producers of the Festival that year, had talked him into coming… Quincy Jones and Claude Nobs two great men whose names together stand for the ability to unify, a limitless vision and the same deep-rooted thirst for music.