The Montreux Jazz Festival will take place July 3rd -17th 2009 in the beautiful lakeside city of Montreux, Switzerland. Founded in 1967, the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival has become a must-see event for music fans from all around the world. This two-week, multiple venue event now features musical styles of every genre imaginable, including Jazz, Blues, Rock, World and Electronic music. All the greats, including musical icons B.B. King, Ray Charles, Miles Davis and David Bowie, have performed on one of the festival's many stages. A highlight of this year's festival will be a rare guitar workshop by the legendary blues artist B.B. King on July 13 at 3:00pm at the Petit Palais.
Another highlight of the festival will be the multicultural "Gibson Montreux Jazz Guitar Competition". This competition was founded in 2004 by Claude Nobbs, the founder of the Montreux Jazz Festival, in memory of the great jazz guitarists of the past. To preserve this tradition, promising young guitarists of all nationalities are invited to demonstrate their skill to a panel of expert judges, which this year will include the legendary jazz guitar virtuoso and Gibson artist Lee Ritenour. The competition will take place over two days in the intimate setting of the Historic Montreux Palace hotel.
Gibson is especially pleased to congratulate this year's talented candidates for the Gibson Montreux Jazz Guitar Competition Semi-Finals! Hailing from all over the world, they are: