VAIL — The Vail Jazz Foundation is celebrating 20 years as the leading presenter of jazz education and performance in the region and will kick off an exciting year of celebration with three unique performances this winter.
Plans are well underway for the 20th anniversary Vail Jazz Festival, a 12-week series of more than 40 performances, slated for June 22–Sept. 1.
The winter series starts Feb. 12 with an intimate soiree held in a private residence featuring Brazilian diva Eliane Elias, who will perform with her husband, acclaimed bassist, Marc Johnson. Elias’ sensuous ballads and artful piano playing will enthrall the audience in an exquisite, intimate setting.
The series continues with Diego Figueiredo and his trio. Figueiredo, a fast rising star among jazz guitarists, adds his own Brazilian flair on March 9 at The Fitz Lounge in Manor Vail Lodge. While performing during the past two years at the Vail Jazz Party over Labor Day Weekend, Figueiredo wowed audiences with his superb technique, timing and imagination. April 3 marks a collaboration with the Vilar Performing Arts Center featuring Chris Botti, winner of the Best Pop Instrumental Album at the 2013 Grammy Awards.
Howard Stone, artistic director, announced the line-up for the Winter Jazz Series noting, “The lineup of winter artists mirrors what Vail Jazz is known for — exceptional performances presented in intimate and intriguing locales. We are so fortunate to bring three top jazz performers that are compelling and captivating entertainers. Our first two shows highlight the extraordinary sounds of Brazilian jazz, followed up with Botti’s smooth wit and awe inspiring talent on his trumpet. These performances will cover a varied spectrum of appealing jazz styles that are sure to please audiences, whether a hard-core jazz fan or just someone looking for a great musical experience.”
Robin Litt, executive director, added, “Each of these award winning artists brings an exceptional level of talent to the Vail Valley. We are thrilled to partner with the VPAC, Alpine Bank, Colorado Mountain Express, Vail Resorts Echo, Westin Riverfront at Avon and our other sponsors to present these concerts.”
Tickets and information are available at www.vailjazz.org or by calling 970-479-6146.