MONTREUX: Ahhh, the Alps. And the idyllic shores of Lake Geneva: French-flavored Lausanne, Montreux, Vevey, the vineyards of Lavaux, Chillon Castle…..it’s like something out of a Swiss fairytale. I went for the Montreux Jazz Festival and didn’t want to leave. Not only does the festival feature some of the greatest names in jazz year in, year out, but it also promotes an incredibly collegial atmosphere. Outside of the scheduled concerts you’ll often find artists mingling and playing together informally in cafes and bars well into the early morning hours. How’s this for a random assemblage of talent I witnessed jamming together: BB King, Grace Jones, George Benson, and Susan Tedeschi.