Stel­lar bill for 50th Mon­treux Jazz Fes­ti­val

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MON­TREUX, Switzer­land: The Mon­treux Jazz Fes­ti­val has launched its 50th birth­day edi­tion, mark­ing its half-cen­tury with a nod to its ori­gins.

Charles Lloyd, an Amer­i­can sax­o­phon­ist who per­formed at the first edi­tion in 1967, opened the cel­e­bra­tions on Thurs­day at the Mon­treux Casino with his New Quar­tet – ac­com­pa­nied by Ja­son Mo­ran on pi­ano, Reuben Rogers on bass and Eric Har­land on drums.

“It’s a beau­ti­ful thing, 50 years.... It was just a vil­lage when I came here. I was a lit­tle boy then,” the 78-year-old Lloyd from Mem­phis, Ten­nessee, said at the end of the nearly 90-minute set dur­ing which he played tenor sax and the flute.

Ja­maican Monty Alexan­der fol­lowed on stage with a trib­ute to his best-sell­ing Live! al­bum, which was recorded at Mon­treux in 1976.

“Forty years ago I was play­ing pi­ano in this casino.... I’m very happy to be play­ing for you tonight,” he said.

Quincy Jones, now in his sixth decade of a ca­reer as a mu­si­cian, com­poser and pro­ducer, has put to­gether a show for July 8 star­ring Mick Huck­nall’s Sim­ply Red and sur­prise guests.

Lisa Simone, daugh­ter of Nina, takes to the same stage on July 9, open­ing for Jamie Cul­lum.

Brazil­ian Dream, set for July 10, fea­tures artists Ana Carolina, Elba Ra­malho, Hamil­ton de Holanda and Maria Rita.

An­gelique Kidjo leads five African women in the opener.

Patti Smith (July 6), Neil Young (July 12), and Lana Del Rey (July 13), are other high­lights of the fes­ti­val which closes with Dweezil Zappa and Deep Pur­ple. – Reuters

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