Funky Claude

High in the hills above Montreux is a wonderful old timber house, Chalet Le Picotin. It was the home of the late Claude Nobs, founder of the Montreux Jazz Festival. He started the festival in 1967, so this year is the 49th time it has been staged.

His house is now a Unesco-rated sound archive and museum, but also still home to Claude's long-time partner. We were privileged to be given a private tour organised by Jeep as part of its new involvement with the festival this year.

What a marvellous place the house is, now also the headquarters of the Claude Nobs Foundation. It is crammed with amazing collections of model trains, jukeboxes, jazz memorabilia and remarkable artwork. I loved these wonderfully distinctive chairs and the fabulously colourful poster on the wall behind them in the archive.

Funky Claude, as he is known, must have been a very colourful character.

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