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Re: Montreux Jazz Festival 2011 July 1-16

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I got two for Locarno so didn't bother with the Montreux one
that can be also nice, it is takin place as an oper air event right?
need to check if they have got any spare tickets ...
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Re: Montreux Jazz Festival 2011 July 1-16

I went to 4 shows last year...
This year I'm not even sure if I'll come for the free shows despite the fact that I live nearby...
Overall - disappointment (chinese noodles included), unless your favourite artist performs there.
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well.... I just got an interesting update from MontreuxJazz... it seems Diana found out I was upset over her cancelling so she has rebooked.

along with new additions to the show David Sanborn and Joe Sample
http://www.montreuxjazz.com/2011/fr/news/news/


But you'd already sold the tickets on ebay and had to buy them back at double the price, right?

But yes, Diana Krall would be the highlight of that particular set for me, although George Benson has some nostalgic attraction for me, my mum had a few of his records and I remember attempting to wear out a couple of the tracks - Take Five, Breezin, White Rabbit and of course On Broadway
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But you'd already sold the tickets on ebay and had to buy them back at double the price, right?

But yes, Diana Krall would be the highlight of that particular set for me, although George Benson has some nostalgic attraction for me, my mum had a few of his records and I remember attempting to wear out a couple of the tracks - Take Five, Breezin, White Rabbit and of course On Broadway
when Diana canceled I talked to mrs. G about canceling but we decided to tough it out and settle for Geo Benson , Randi Crawford and Dr. John as the bill was then. Now of course mrs.costello is back on along with some very nice additions.

( p.s.. 6 or 7 years ago we saw Diana and George also at Montreux.. they were performing separately on the same bill, but did a few numbers together.. very nice

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Re: Montreux Jazz Festival 2011 July 1-16

Well BB '85 years old' King was not at his best (nor I supsect anywhere near it for the last 10 years at least), but support act Charles Bradley kicked arse, but the Sunday night show with Santana et al. was a lot of fun. All in all a very expensive and tiring weekend, which was good fun but perhaps not entirely a value for money investment.

I know why those trains stop all stations on the way back to Geneva, but mon dieu it can be a PITA. Concert finished at 11:50pm but there were no trains until the 1:08am, which got into Geneva at around 2:30am. Of course everyone ran for the taxi rank and we chose to leg it rather than queue and wait for reinforcements, finally getting in the door at 3am - 3 hours after the concert finished!!
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Well BB '85 years old' King was not at his best (nor I supsect anywhere near it for the last 10 years at least), but support act Charles Bradley kicked arse, but the Sunday night show with Santana et al. was a lot of fun. All in all a very expensive and tiring weekend, which was good fun but perhaps not entirely a value for money investment.
I was tempted to splash out myself as I'm a big jazz fanatic having been at least once to most of the US and EU jazz festivals over the years though curiously haven't ever made it to Montreux and, well, I've seen him play in the early 80s in a small venue in St. Louis (along with Chuck Berry) so was hesitant to find myself 25+ years on and disappointed. It's always something to experience the music live and in an intimate setting so it's not all bad.

As long as you saw something you liked, it's a win. Still, at those eye popping prices, you could catch a flight to the Newport Jazz and see everything...with an occasionally better lineup.
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Well BB '85 years old' King was not at his best (nor I supsect anywhere near it for the last 10 years at least), but support act Charles Bradley kicked arse, but the Sunday night show with Santana et al. was a lot of fun. All in all a very expensive and tiring weekend, which was good fun but perhaps not entirely a value for money investment.

I know why those trains stop all stations on the way back to Geneva, but mon dieu it can be a PITA. Concert finished at 11:50pm but there were no trains until the 1:08am, which got into Geneva at around 2:30am. Of course everyone ran for the taxi rank and we chose to leg it rather than queue and wait for reinforcements, finally getting in the door at 3am - 3 hours after the concert finished!!


mawler, mrs. and I did the same thing the night before last... Geo.Benson and company concert ended about 12:30 but by the time we made it out of the concert hall we just barely made the 11:08 train.. and had to join the queue at Cornavin... luckily every cabbie in Geneva must have been told there was a crowd waiting so we didn't have to wait too long and also made it home just before 3.am
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