VAIL, Colorado - Jazz Goes to School wraps up its thirteenth year in Eagle County with two special jazz performances at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek Monday, featuring the Jazz Goes to School Sextet.
The fourth and final session of the Jazz Goes to School educational program is titled "A Tribute to the Giants of Jazz" and features a selection of tunes that have shaped the history of jazz in America. Local jazz musician and professional jazz educator, Tony Gulizia (keyboard and vocals), directs the Jazz Goes to School program.
"The concert includes legendary jazz tunes by Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, and others," Gulizia said. "We also perform a medley of blues compositions authored by the fifth graders as part of the concert - the lyrics are a real hoot."
Tony Gulizia's brother Joey, also a professional jazz musician and educator (drummer), joins Tony on stage, as does Andy Hall (bass), Roger Neumann (saxophone), Kirk Garrison (trumpet) and Michael Pujado (congas and percussion). The sextet presents a show that pulls together all the concepts taught in the first three classroom sessions, as demonstrated in some of jazz's finest works.
Jazz Goes to School is presented by the Vail Jazz Foundation, a charitable foundation dedicated to the perpetuation of jazz through performances and education, with a focus on young musicians and young audiences. The program educates over 1,000 fourth and fifth graders annually in the Eagle County School District, plus the Eagle County Charter Academy, Vail Mountain School, Vail Academy, Stone Creek Elementary School and St. Clare of Assisi.
Jazz Goes to School has exposed over 13,000 school students to jazz music since inception.