Statue of Claude Nobs unveiled in Montreux
A bronze statue of Claude Nobs, the founder of Montreux Jazz Festival, has been unveiled in the city, two days after this year’s festival began.
The statue shows the iconic Monsieur Nobs with eyes closed, in a pose intended to imply that he’s listening to music and enjoying it. He also has a harmonica and a microphone in his hands. The statue will be installed in the garden of the Fairmont le Montreux Palace alongside statues of musical legends Quincy Jones, Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles.
The statue, which has been donated to the city of Montreux, was produced by the Swiss sculptor Andreas Altmann through an initiative by the Fondation du Festival de Jazz de Montreux and the Claude Nobs Foundation.
Claude Nobs died in 2013 at the age of 76. Since his death, an avenue and a bar in Montreux have been named in his honour.