VAIL - The Vail Jazz Festival has teamed up with the Bravo Vail Valley Music Festival to present three jam sessions immediately following orchestral performances by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. The series is titled "Jazz After" and showcases select members of each orchestra in a casual, jazz-club setting.
The second session, "Jazz After: The Philly Jam" will be held Wednesday at 9 p.m. All Jazz After performances take place in Larkspur's Great Room in Golden Peak and are free and open to the public. Food and drink will be available for purchase, provided by Larkspur Restaurant. The Final Jazz After performance, The New York Jam, will be held on July 25.
"Whether you are a hardcore jazz fan or a novice, a jam session is the quintessential way to experience jazz," said Jazz Festival Artistic Director Howard Stone. "The music is spontaneously improvised as the players engage in a musical conversation that the audience gets to overhear."
With 40 performances from June 24 through Sept. 3, the 18th annual Vail Jazz Festival presents headliners such as Marcia Ball, Byron Stripling, the Jeff Hamilton Trio and the Brubeck Brothers Quartet in a variety of ticketed and free events in intimate indoor and unique outdoor venues throughout Vail. Featuring diverse jazz genres from straight-ahead and Latin, to swing and the Great American Songbook, the Festival culminates with the Labor Day Vail Jazz Party featuring more than 30 hours of music in a five-day celebration of jazz.
For more information about the Vail Jazz Festival and the Jazz After jam series, call 888-VAIL-JAM (888-824-5526) or visit www.vailjazz.org.