Quincy Jones Pays Homage To Close Pal Claude Nobs

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January 11, 2013 | 7:31am EST

Legendary producer Quincy Jones has paid a moving tribute to his close friend Claude Nobs, who passed away on Thursday.
The founder of the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival fell into a coma after a skiing accident on Christmas Eve, but later died in a hospital in his native Switzerland.
Jones, who knew Nobs for 40 years, has now told fans of their shared experiences as friends and colleagues during his times working at the music event.
A post on Jones’ Facebook.com page reads, “There are no words to express the deep sorrow and hollowness in my heart that comes with news of Claude Nobs’ passing. Claude was a valued and trusted friend and brother to me for close to forty years, but he was a valued and trusted friend to jazz and the artists who create it for his entire lifetime. It would be that love and appreciation for our music and the musicians that created it that would lead him to take over the Montreux Jazz Festival, and build it into what I consider to be the Rolls Royce of music festivals…
“I have a million great memories of spending time with Claude in Montreux at the festival, from co-producing it with him, to conducting (trumpeter) Miles Davis’ last concert, to the amazing gatherings of musicians that he has hosted at his chalet, to most recently partnering with him to expand the festival’s brand internationally; it will be difficult to imagine him not being there… I will miss him like the brother that he was to me. If God created a better friend than Claude Nobs, he or she must have kept them for him/herself.”
Nobs launched the jazz festival in 1967, and it has attracted headlining acts including Ella Fitzgerald, Bob Dylan and Prince.