Geo Voumard was probably better known for also being the co-founder of the Montreux Jazz Festival died on Wednesday, aged 87. He was born on December 2, 1920, in Biel, Switzerland. Mr. Voumard studied architecture before launching his musical career. He joined the Hazzy Osterwald Orchestra in 1944 and formed his own group in 1948.
In 1952, he started his broadcasting career at Radio Lausanne. Voumard joined the station initially as a pianist, accompanist and composer and producer of a musical programme. He became director of popular music at Radio Suisse Romande in 1966, before serving as director of light entertainment from 1969 to 1983. After leaving the station, Geo lived in Provence, France, where he started to work as an architect again. He returned to his native Switzerland during the final years of his life.