Audemars Piguet, Swiss Haute Horlogerie manufacturer and the Montreux Jazz Festival celebrated the closing night of the Festival’s 53rd edition, with legendary Quincy Jones. It was the perfect occasion to officially celebrate the Global partnership between the two entities.
Quincy Jones Concert
The celebration started with Quincy Jones’ concert, Soundtrack of the 80s. A line-up of seven artists had gathered at the Stravinski Hall to play some of the most popular hits composed, produced or arranged by Quincy Jones in the 1980s. Jon Batiste, -M- (Matthieu Chedid), Gareth Daley, Lauren Jauregui, Ibrahim Maalouf, Jonah Nilsson, and Sheléa were accompanied on stage by the Sinfonietta de Lausanne.
A sculpture honoring Quincy Jones
During their joined speech, Mathieu Jaton, Chief Executive Officer of the Montreux Jazz Festival, and François-Henry Bennahmias unveiled Quincy Jones’ life-sized statue created by Italian sculptor Marco Zeno. This new bronze sculpture will replace the artist’s existing bust in the Fairmont Montreux Palace’s garden. This statue honors Quincy Jones’ commitment to the world of music and role as godfather of the Montreux Jazz Festival.
It was also the opportunity to celebrate the long-lasting friendship between Audemars Piguet and the producer. In 2009, the Manufacture presented the Millenary Quincy Jones Limited Edition. This watch epitomizes their larger collaboration on Project Q, which raised awareness on young people’s need for self-expression.
Music brings people together
François-Henry Bennahmias is equally excited to be part of the Montreux Jazz Festival family. He declared: «Music creates unique emotions and brings people together. We see that happening at the Montreux Jazz Festival where artists and audience gather to celebrate a shared passion. This family spirit is at the core of all that we do at Audemars Piguet. We are delighted to count the Montreux Jazz Festival among our partners.»