The concept of a topical radio specialised in jazz-focused music was born between 1995 an 97 from an idea of its creator, Philippe Zumbrunn (a Jazz fan since 1946) based on the realization that this type of radio could find some response given the massive audiences of the three main Jazz festivals in French-speaking Switzerland, namely those of Montreux (July), Cully (March), as well a the “11 plus” in Lausanne (Oct.—Nov.).
From the start, several personalities of the Jazz scene in French-speaking Switzerland agreed to cooperate, among whom Claude Nobs (Montreux—Jazz), Peter Schmidlin (TCB records), Jacques Muyal (musicologist and producer of Jazz films and DVD’s) and Kurt Weil (vibraphonist and co-publisher and editor of the German-Swiss magazine “Jazz’N’more, Fabrice the famous French-TV compère and Jazz fan, and many more personalities.
The equipment and hardware that had been gathered for that purpose since 1997 allowed the broadcasting to begin on the new website in August 1999, as well as on some cabled nets in French-speaking Switzerland
Radio Jazz International broadcasts exclusively Jazz-related music from all parts of the world around the clock: Swiss, European, American and even Asian.
Radio Jazz International proposes to enrich its musical programmes with various items: presentation of new recordings, information on artists and concerts, broadcasting of festival archives (namely of Montreux), as well as live or recorded concerts, according to contract possibilities.
This second phase (early 2008) it is anticipated the European Satellite Broadcasting, to be able to feed either private users who equip adequate receiver, or through the national and international suppliers of cable networks for the entire Swiss and Europe.
During the Cully-Lavaux Jazz Festival of March 1998 the world-famous singer Dee Dee Bridgewater accepted to become the godmother of this new Radio. Furthermore, she recorded a set of identifying jingles for our Radio. We are truly honoured by her faithful friendship from our first meeting at the Montreux Jazz Festival of l984.
The God-Father The famous musician Manu Dibango, also an old friend of ours, is our godfather.