Quincy Jones and Hancock booked for Montreux jazz fest

Thu Apr 17, 2008 9:37am EDT
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GENEVA (Reuters) - Quincy Jones will give a 75th-birthday concert at the Montreux Jazz festival in July, where the lineup also includes Joan Baez, Herbie Hancock and Gnarls Barkley, organizers said on Thursday.

American legend Paul Simons, Canadian songwriter Leonard Cohen and Lenny Kravitz will also perform at the 42nd Swiss lakeside festival running from July 4-19.

Special guests taking part in Jones' gala concert on July 14 will include Hancock, Petula Clark, Al Jarreau and Patti Austin.

Jones, an African-American producer-composer who has a daughter with actress Nastassja Kinski, is among the three biggest Grammy winners of all times, with 27 Grammies.

Alicia Keys, who won the Grammy for best female R&B vocal performer in February, returns to the Montreux stage on July 17.

Fellow American singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow, who had breast cancer surgery two years ago after a break up with champion cyclist Lance Armstrong, is also booked on July 5.

In all, nearly 90 groups will perform on the two main stages. The most expensive seat costs 380 swiss francs ($380) for the Quincy Jones night, but other festival concerts on the shores of Lake Geneva are free.

Deep Purple -- whose 1970s hit "Smoke on the Water" describes a concert fire raging in Montreux -- is returning again to close the festival, as it did in 2006.

Gilberto Gil, Brazil's culture minister, will perform on July 12, while compatriot Chico Cesar will take stage the day before and Joao Bosco and Milton Nascimento the day after.

The band Babyshambles is confirmed for July 15. Its frontman, British rock star Pete Doherty, was jailed last week for 14 weeks for breaching terms of his probation in connection with his well-publicized battle with drug abuse.

(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay, editing by Paul Casciato)

<p>Quincy Jones presents an award at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz International Trumpet Competition and Herbie Hancock Tribute in Hollywood October 28, 2007. REUTERS/Max Morse</p>