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Montreux Jazz Festival have today announced the launch of “Summer Of Music”:, to mark the 54th edition of the annual festival in Montreux, Switzerland. From Friday July 3 to

Sunday July 18, when the Montreux Jazz Festival was due to take place, Montreux will be bringing the magic of the festival alive to viewers at home with rare and never before seen performances streamed exclusively via YouTube. “Summer Of Music” will showcase iconic Montreux Jazz Festival performances from some of the world’s most legendary artists, including Nina Simone, Etta James and Carlos Santana.

Through a partnership between Eagle Rock and the festival’s media subsidiary Montreux Media Ventures, Montreux Jazz Festival will stream one performance a day across the 16 days, including world premieres from legends including John Lee Hooker (1983) and Charles Bradley (2016), bringing together some of the festival’s biggest moments. For many, it will be the first time seeing these rare performances from Montreux’s archive, allowing viewers to dive into the rich history of the festival and experience the magic at home.

Mathieu Jaton, CEO of Montreux Jazz Festival, said: “Since its beginnings in 1967, the Montreux Jazz Festival has been immensely fortunate to have built up, thanks to the visionary spirit of Claude Nobs, a rich and unique audiovisual archive. This heritage has made the Festival famous and continues to make it shine through initiatives such as the 54th Summer of Music, made possible through our collaboration with the Claude Nobs Foundation, Eagle Rock and the NMAAM. This summer, this heritage is more essential than ever.”

Geoff Kempin, Eagle Rock’s Executive Director, said “Marvin Gaye’s 1980 performance marked the inaugural collaboration between Montreux and Eagle Rock Entertainment, it paved the way for not only an exciting stable of ongoing releases, but also a fantastic line-up of artists at this summer’s Virtual Montreux Festival. We are delighted to be partnering with the Montreux Jazz Festival and YouTube in this summer Festival celebrating the diversity of artists that have performed at Montreux.”

This year was due to be the 54th edition of the Montreux Jazz Festival, taking place on the Lake Geneva shoreline in Switzerland. Founded in 1964 by Claude Nobs, the festival is now one of the oldest and most renowned music festivals, attracting thousands of people to see the most famous and biggest emerging names in music.

Since its inception, Montreux has been shaped by the rich culture of black artists, such as Nina Simone, Marvin Gaye and James Brown, who have all taken to the stage at Montreux. The festival owes so much of its success to black artists, it has partnered with the National Museum of African American Music, to show its support and recognize the contribution of black musicians. Viewers will be able to make donations to the museum while enjoying the performances throughout the entirety of the festival. MMV and Eagle Rock will also be donating all ad revenue generated from the Summer Of Music virtual festival to the NMAAM. NMAAM is set to open in the fall of 2020 in Nashville, TN. When it opens, it will be a world-class facility dedicated to celebrating, preserving, and educating visitors on the central role African Americans have played in shaping and creating American music and culture. NMAAM will integrate history and interactive technology to share the untold stories of more than 50 genres and sub-genres of music. It will be an unparalleled institution, unconfined by record label, genre or recording artist, that tells a unique narrative through the lens of Black music.

Tuwisha Rogers-Simpson, Vice President of Brand and Partnerships for NMAAM, said: “NMAAM is thrilled to partner with Montreux Jazz Festival for this year’s ‘Summer of Music’ virtual event. In these uncertain times, music has been a beacon of light in a world of darkness, so we are excited that music lovers from across the globe will be able to share in this experience. Since the early 1600s, the influence of Black music and Black artists has spanned the globe, crossing race, age and even geography. We believe NMAAM to be a global destination where we unite people under a shared banner of music. Montreux is a titan in the popularization of Black music, not just in jazz but across genres, showcasing the wide-ranging impact of Black music and Black sounds. We look forward to what the ‘Summer of Music’ event brings to fans and we hope for a continued friendship and partnership”

"Summer Of Music" Line Up John Lee Hooker (1983) — world premiere — Friday July 3 Charles Bradley (2016) — world premiere — Saturday July 4 Dimeh, Slimka, Makala et Varnish la Piscine (2016) — Sunday July 5 Suzanne Vega (2004) — Monday July 6 Rory Gallagher (1979) — Tuesday July 7 Charles Mingus (1975) — Wednesday July 8 Carlos Santana Plays the Blues (2004) — Thursday July 9 Bang Bang Romeo (2019) — world premiere — Friday July 10 Angelique Kidjo and Friends (2016) — world premiere— Saturday July 11 Nina Simone (1976) — Sunday July 12 Deep Purple Live with Orchestra (2011) — Monday July 13 Etta James (1993) — Tuesday July 14 BB King (1993) — Wednesday July 15 Kenny Wayne Shepherd (2019) — world premiere — Thursday July 16 Tom Misch (2019) — world premiere — Friday July 17 Marvin Gaye (1980) — Saturday July 18 Facebook @montreuxjazzfestival Twitter @MontreuxJazz Instagram @montreuxjazzfestival Notes for Editors ABOUT MONTREUX JAZZ FESTIVAL Montreux Jazz Festival is a renowned music festival founded by Claude Nobs and held annually in Montreux, Switzerland across two weeks in July. Now in its 54th year, the festival draws 250,000 music lovers from all across the world to the Lake Geneva shoreline. Montreux Jazz Festival celebrates the industry’s emerging and contemporary acts, whilst paying homage to music’s legendary acts. Originally a pure jazz festival since inception in 1967, Montreux began showcasing other styles of music throughout the decades and today presents artists from across every genre imaginable. Artists that have graced the stage of Montreux include Etta James, Bob Dylan, Elton John, Ms. Lauren Hill, Aretha Franklin, David Bowie, James Brown, Kendrick Lamar, Leonard Cohen, Marvin Gaye, Miles Davis, Nina Simone and many more. Mathieu Jaton serves as CEO of Montreux Jazz Festival after taking over the festival in 2013.

ABOUT EAGLE ROCK Eagle Rock Entertainment is the world-leading producer and distributor of music-based programming, including documentaries and concert films. Founded in 1997, the multi-award-winning company creates over 50 productions a year and distributes over 2,000 hours of music-related programming. Their catalogue includes work by award-winning filmmakers such as Martin Scorsese, Brett Morgan, Mike Figgis, Stanley Nelson, Paul Dugdale, Jeremy Marre, Leslie Woodhead and Michael Epstein. They work with a huge number of artists over a wide spectrum of genres, including the Rolling Stones, Eminem, Katy Perry, Queen, Muse, Steven Wilson, Madonna, Imagine Dragons, The Cure, Eric Clapton, Shania Twain, Iggy Pop, Paul McCartney, and Black Sabbath. ABOUT NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSIC (NMAAM) The National Museum of African American Music, set to open in the fall of 2020, will be the only museum dedicated solely to preserving African American music traditions and celebrating the central role African Americans have played in shaping American music. Based in Nashville, Tenn., the museum will share the story of the American soundtrack by integrating history and interactive technology to honor Black musical heroes of the past and the present.

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