Montreux founder Claude Nobs dies at Age 76

By Vanessa Frith,

Claude Nobs, the founder of the Montreux Jazz Festival, passed away at age 76 on Thursday.

Nobs was injured while cross-country skiing on Dec. 24, after which he fell into a coma, as previously reported by TheCelebrityCafe.com.

"He died peacefully, surrounded by family and close friends," said a statement issued by the festival.

Born on Feb. 8, 1936, in Montreux, Switzerland, Nobs began presenting concerts in 1964 and eventually started the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1967.

According to UltimateClassicRock.com, the front page message of the festival website immortalized the can-do attitude and drive of the late founder, stating, “For all of us, who were fortunate enough to cross your path, you will always remain the one who questioned certainties. ‘And why not?’ … Reality was never challenged only your wildest dreams. The Montreux Jazz Festival is the ultimate proof of that.”

The festival brought in the big names of jazz, such as Miles Davis and Ray Charles, but also expanded to encompass other genres and artists including Bob Dylan and Radiohead.

A musical tribute to the people of Montreux is planned in February, and a tribute of events will be held this spring in New York and London. Mathieu Jaton has now taken on the role of festival director according to Reuters.

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