Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Quincy at Montreux, yesterday

Pics from the "Quincy's 75th Anniversary Celebration" concert, yesterday, July 14.
Toots Thielemans' wasn't announced, but he appered and got a standing ovation when entered the stage, joining Quincy's group and the Swiss Army Big Band.
Other special guests included Patti Austin, Petula Clark, Swiss trumpeter Franco Ambrosetti, Herbie Hancock, Al Jarreau, Freda Payne, Joe Sample, Curtis Stigers, Larry Williams, James Moody, Chaka Khan, Angélique Kidjo, Mick Hucknall (Simply Red), Nana Mouskouri (a stranger in paradise), Nils Landgren etc.
Quincy's rhythm section was formed by Greg Phillinganes (keyboards), Nathan East (bass), John Robinson (drums), Paul Jackson Jr. (electric guitar) and the Brazilian percussionist Paulinho da Costa, who rarely does live performances.

At the finale, Quincy got a donation from Montreux Festival's founder, Claude Nobs, to the "Quincy Jones Listen Up! Foundation"

60-years old Paulinho da Costa, the studio master, in action on stage! A long journey for the carioca who played with Elza Soares, Alcione, Martinho da Vila and Osmar Milito in Rio nightclubs before being invited by Sergio Mendes to move to the USA in 1973. Since then, he built a strong reputation and became a first-call studio cat thanks to the pecision and exactness of his playing. During the 80s and 90s he was the most-in-demand percussionist of Los Angeles. His credits on more than 500 albums include sessions with Michael Jackson ("Thriller", "Off The Wall") Madonna (who never listened to his bongos on "La Isla Bonita?"), Al Jarreau (the impeccable "Tenderness" LaserDisc yet to be reissued on DVD), and, most recently, Diana Krall ("The Look of Love", "Live in Paris"). Not to mention the albums with great jazz musicians and arrangers like Freddie Hubbard, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Pass, Claus Ogerman etc etc etc

From Petula Clark to Petula Schmitz, with love!

1 comment:

Marcia Schmitz said...

Dear fantastic Petula Clark:
I love all your songs, especially Downtown. I am a big fan.
Mr. Desouteiro, thank you for the article on The Montreux Jazz Festival and all the pictures.