His powerful hard-bop musical style saw him working with huge names throughout his career, from Miles Davis to B.B. King and from George Duke to The Supremes, just to name a few.
His relationship with Claude Nobs and Montreux was truly special. Joe was one of those artists who made the Festival into a veritable get-together, a place where artists connected with colleagues and friends.
Joe always went the extra mile every time he was in Montreux, enthusiastically presenting special projects, giving workshops, and interacting with his fans humbly and without fuss. He also served as president of the jury for the piano competition three times, in 2002, 2005 and 2006.
We will forever treasure the legendary title “Street Life” that he composed with the Crusaders in 1979 for his great friend Randy Crawford, with whom he came to Montreux for the final time at last year’s 47th edition.
Hard bop forever, Joe!