The latest Montreux Jazz Café in the small chain of restaurants and live music venues inspired by the famous festival, will open in Singapore in October. The first outside Europe and the Middle East, the 500-capacity, 7,000 square feet location joins other Montreux Jazz Cafés in Geneva, Zurich, Paris, Abu Dhabi and, of course, the flagship in Montreux itself, which opened in 2000.
The new Singapore branch will have indoor and outdoor dining areas, a bar and two performance stages: a main stage and an intimate, supper club-style space. Like the other clubs, it will display memorabilia from the collecton of Claude Nobs, the late founder of the festival, the 50th edition of which takes place this year from 1-16 July. Herbie Hancock, Buddy Guy, Van Morrison, Quincy Jones and Deep Purple are among the headliners.
Jones, indeed, is one of the jazz giants celebrated in the menu of each of the cafés, which features the spring chicken dish Coquelet Façon Quincy Jones (pictured here) and Ella’s Cheesecake, named after Ella Fitzgerald. At 17, Nobs served an apprenticeship in the kitchens of the Schweizerhof Hotel in Basel. At 20, he studied at the Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne to become a chef, before his life took another turn and he founded the festival.