“Without jazz, life would be a mistake,” said Boris Vian, an important figure in the ‘50s jazz scene in Paris. The Montreux Jazz Festival is paying tribute to the writer and musician in the historical room of the Hôtel des Trois Couronnes. It will be an opportunity to rediscover this songwriter’s talent, his acerbic tone, his love of the absurd and his passion for jazz, especially Duke Ellington. The tunes and the words will be the artist’s original work, but they will be given new life by the HEMU Jazz Orchestra and Philip Henzi’s arrangements. He is a professor at the Haute Ecole de Musique in Lausanne.