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Carlos Santana

Carlos Santana is undeniably part of the Montreux Jazz Festival furniture, which is why on Tuesday July 10, the Montreux Palace gardens welcomed an additional permanent guest.

After Ray Charles, B.B. King, Ella Fitzgerald, Quincy Jones and Aretha Franklin, another outstanding musician of the Montreux Jazz Festival was honoured at the official reception of the Montreux municipality.

The ceremony was attended by many guests including Claude Nobs, founder and director of the festival, and no less than four councillors.

"Young Carlos" first came to the Lake Geneva Riviera in 1970, one year after his Woodstockian explosion. For his first appearance in Montreux, on June 21, 1970, Santana plays outdoors on the roof of the Casino's swimming pool cabins for free and simply to please the hundreds of fans who didn't have the chance to listen to him the day before.

The Mexican-American guitarist then returned to play at the Montreux Jazz Festival on numerous occasions.

Santana does not pretend to revolutionize music. Because he already did, it was more than forty years ago.

He played guitar from the age of 5. Woodstock, in 1969, revealed it to the entire planet, which at the same time discovered a phenomenon previously unknown: Latin rock.

Since 2004, Carlos Santana has been creating exclusive concerts for the Montreux Jazz Festival, in addition to "conventional" concerts.

For example, in 2004, he participated in a "Blues Summit", with Buddy Guy in particular, and hosted a "Hymns for Peace" evening with many guests.

In 2006, he organized two other thematic evenings: "Dance To The Beat Of My Drum" and "My Blues is Deep". It will then take 5 years to see him again.

However, the artist was not present at the ceremony, which revealed the bust representing him.

This statue of Carlos Santana was donated by Barbara J. Riley, who has already paid for several statues in the Hall of Fame at the Montreux Jazz Festival. The sculptor who immortalized the composer is Marco Zeno. The Italian artist had already created B.B. King's work, among others.

However, the cost of the work has not been communicated...

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