Santana to play Montreux Jazz Festival

Venue aids jazz presence at Swiss event

CANNES — Carlos Santana will give three concerts at this year’s Montreux Jazz Festival, one with jazz all-stars, one with members of his early 1970s bands and one titled “Hymns to Love and Peace,” featuring songs by John Lennon, Bob Marley and others.

In recent years, the festival has swung toward international rock stars in addition to jazz musicians, but this year’s fest will have an increased jazz presence due to the reintroduction of the Casino Barriere as a venue.

The festival, staged July 2-17 in Montreux, Switzerland, intends to bring to its stages Gonzalo Rubalcaba, John Scofield, Ravi Coltrane and Alice Coltrane, Buddy Guy, Orchestra Baobab, Suzanne Vega, Tony Allen and a quartet of Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Brian Blade and Dave Holland. Burton Morris, who designed this year’s poster for the Oscars, has designed the Montreux Fest poster.

Sacem, the French music rights org, will hold two events — a tribute to violinist Didier Lockwood and a tribute to Edith Piaf.

While at Midem, EagleVision inked a deal with Montreux founder Claude Nobs to release DVDs of past fests. Nobs also has a deal with Warner Music to release a disc of blues and R&B performances from the early 1970s and another deal to release DVDs of the Norman Granz-sponsored concerts that featured Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie and other legends. He expects the discs to be released this year.

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