Phil Collins, Roxy Music, Massive Attack to play Montreux

Thu Apr 29, 2010 7:53am EDT
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By Jason Rhodes

CAUX, Switzerland (Reuters Life!) - Phil Collins will play an exclusive pre-festival concert before the 2010 Montreux Jazz Festival featuring Roxy Music, Massive Attack and a host of big jazz acts, festival organizers said on Thursday.

Former Genesis singer and drummer Collins will delve into 1960s Motown and soul before hundreds of musicians from the worlds of pop, rock, blues, and jazz come together in the lakeside town from July 2 to 17 for one of Europe's most prestigious summer music events.

"Phil Collins is the typical example of an old friend because he played at the festival thirty years ago with his band Brand X by the swimming pool in a free show," festival founder Claude Nobs told Reuters.

British art rockers Roxy Music, making their first appearance at Montreux since 1973, are first up in the main hall when the 44th edition of the festival gets under way properly.

Other crowd pleasers are set to be multi-instrumentalist Norah Jones, ranked top jazz recording artist of the past decade by Billboard magazine, on July 3, an evening of rock from Billy Idol and Gary Moore on July 6, U.S. singer-songwriter Ben Harper on July 7 and UK trip-hoppers Massive Attack on July 8.

"The spectrum of music has become very wide and if you look at the program you can think 'should the name jazz be mentioned?'. But this year we are very lucky," Nobs said. "We have all the major jazz acts that would draw a crowd."

These include a quintet of great North American jazz keyboardists, starting with Brad Mehldau at the gala night on July 4, which also features soprano Jessye Norman breaking down the barriers between jazz, classical music and gospel.

Keith Jarrett, who played the first festival in 1967, is next to take his seat at the piano on July 11, before making way for jazz fusion pioneer Chick Corea the following night.   Continued...

<p>Singer Bryan Ferry and Roxy Music performs during the Ohrid Summer Festival in Ohrid, some 160 km (99 miles) west of the Macedonian capital Skopje, July 14, 2006. REUTERS/Ognen Teofilovski</p>