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Jazz fans rejoice! 

Instead of trying to find bootleg versions of your favorite jazz artists performing at the Montreux Jazz Festival, the second largest gathering of jazz musicians and enthusiasts in the world, you can now watch 56 concerts from its archives for free. 

The selection includes some of the most notable names in jazz, indeed in music history—like Nina SimoneWu-Tang ClanLou ReedPatti SmithQuincy JonesAlanis Morissette, and Run DMC, just to name a few. 

Founded in 1967 by Claude Nob, the Montreux Jazz Festival is an annual celebration of music by the shores of Lake Geneva in Switzerland, with the Swiss Alps as the backdrop. Over the years, it has hosted more than 1,300 artists, including jazz legends and pop icons like Aretha FranklinPrinceJamiroquaiLady Gaga, and Kendrick Lamar

Instead of releasing the lineup for its 54th edition, which is supposed to be in July, the organizers put out the free concerts to help the rest of the world cope with being cooped up. 

You can access the free concerts here, just have Google or someone translate it to English for you. The performances will be available for free until April 30.

Source: Manila Bulletin (

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