Vail Jazz Festival celebrates the one and only Milt Hinton
If you go …
What: Milt Hinton digital exhibit.
When: 10 a.m., noon, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. daily through Monday, Sept. 5.
Where: On the big screen at the Lionshead Welcome Center, Lionshead Village.
More information: Visit www.vailjazz.org, or call 888-VAIL-JAM.
VAIL — A famous bass player and prolific photographer, not to mention a man of many nicknames, Milt Hinton chronicled jazz through the ages from the 1920s up until his death in 2000. Revealing a colorful sample of the mark he made, a digital exhibit of Hinton’s work and music will be presented at the Lionshead Welcome Center four times daily through Monday, Sept. 5.
But that’s just the teaser for Vail Jazz’s ongoing Hinton tribute this summer. In addition to the display at the Lionshead Welcome Center, the digital exhibit will be shown each night of the Vail Jazz Party (Sept. 2-4) in the lower lobby of the Vail Mountain Marriott Resort, where the evening sessions take place.
The documentary “Keeping Time: The Life, Music and Photographs of Milt Hinton” will be shown at the Marriott’s Grand Ballroom on Friday, Sept. 2, at 2 p.m. The documentary chronicles Hinton’s storied 70-year career, embracing the rich life of a remarkable musician who recognized and recorded history as he was playing it. Tickets are $20 or included in the weekend passes.
In the Finale Spotlight
Vail Jazz’s grand finale spotlight on the famed bass player is “John Clayton’s Multi-Media Tribute to Milt Hinton,” which includes narration by Clayton, who is himself one of today’s leading jazz bassists. He will share anecdotes and stories, video clips and stills, along with what are sure to be powerful live renditions of Hinton’s favorites with a quartet on stage. This is one of four sets that make up the Friday Evening Session of the Vail Jazz Party. Tickets are $75 in advance.
“Milt Hinton embodies the core of our mission at Vail Jazz,” said Vail Jazz Executive Director Robin Litt. “His whole essence, like ours, is a dynamic formula of educating while entertaining as well as broadening the audience for jazz, which stretches among numerous musical genres.”
For more information and tickets to the documentary or John Clayton tribute, visit http://www.vailjazz.org or call 888-VAIL-JAM. The Milt Hinton digital exhibit is made possible through a partnership with the town of Vail’s Art in Public Places board and with the Milton J. Hinton Photographic Collection, directed by David G. Berger and Holly Maxson.
A dozen bands will perform in Eagle during the three-day event May 31 to June 2.