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Mathieu Jaton to head Montreux Jazz Festival

Published on Jan 15, 2013 7:49 PM
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A file photo taken on July 15, 2011 shows Montreux Jazz Festival founder Claude Nobs (left) and festival Secretary-General Mathieu Jaton at a press conference in Montreux. The board of the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland has named Mathieu Jaton, who was chief aide to the late festival founder Claude Nobs, to take charge of the annual event, it announced on Tuesday. -- PHOTO: AFP

GENEVA (AFP) - The board of the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland has named Mathieu Jaton, who was chief aide to the late festival founder Claude Nobs, to take charge of the annual event, it announced on Tuesday.

Mr Jaton, who began working for the festival in 1999 and became its general secretary in 2001, had been "chosen by Claude Nobs to be his successor", the festival foundation said in a statement.

Mr Nobs, who founded the summertime jazz event in 1967, became a legend in musical circles for bringing the top names in jazz to the shore of Lake Geneva and for gradually broadening the festival's scope.

He died last week, aged 76, and the festival foundation said that Mr Jaton's appointment followed "very moving memorials" to "an exceptional person who shaped the world of music and his region for nearly 50 years."

 
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