I don’t know when I’d first heard about the Montreux Jazz Festival. But, I knew it was in my psyche as something to experience in my lifetime. Now, the Montreux Jazz Festival, one of the world’s most renowned music festivals, has its roots in the passion and vision of its founder, Claude Nobs. Established in 1967, the festival emerged as a platform to celebrate jazz music but quickly expanded its scope to encompass a wide array of musical genres, including blues, rock, funk, and world music.
Such is Montreux’s reputation for showcasing both established artists and emerging talents. So, when I booked my time in Switzerland, I knew that my attendance at a jazz show was an imperative.
It was a quick and lovely walk from my hotel, the Grand Hotel Suisse Majestic, Autograph Collection to the Fairmont Le Montreux Palace to enjoy the evening’s show at Funky Claude’s Bar.
Settling into my seat at the bar, I loved the energy and decor of the space.
For my evening cocktail, I ordered the MADONNA (Mezcal Vida, Chartreuse Jaune, Jus d’Orange Sanguine réctifié, Bitter Gingembre et Habanero, Champagne Brut)
However, it was when the bartender casually poured the “champagne brut” as a heavy handed pour of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label that I fully realized I was in Switzerland.
Not New York. Not Paris. But Switzerland.
For my appetizer dish, I ordered the TATAKI DE THON (Avocado cooked with the flame & yuzu gel)
Expectedly, it was a masterful presentation. The grilled avocado was charred to perfection. The six piece of tuna were exceptionally high in quality. It was a work of art.
I loved enjoying the music of Ann Vriend and her band over my pre dinner cocktail and appetizer. Now, to perform at Funky Claude’s means that you are a master of your craft. Ann’s voice was filled with the embodiment of spirit, hitting melodic tones with professionalism and grace. It was a pleasure to listen to, cocktail in hand.
My time at Funky Claude’s Bar took me on a musical journey of art.
Not only culinary – but auditory as well.
Funky Claude’s Bar at Fairmont Le Montreux Palace
Avenue Claude Nobs 2
1820 Montreux, Switzerland