Allan Finney Sextet celebrates new album with Lodge at Vail show |

Allan Finney Sextet celebrates new album with Lodge at Vail show

Allan Finney, shown here, will perform at Cucina at Lodge at Vail tonight with his sextet.
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What: Allan Finney Sextet CD release party.

Where: Cucina at the Lodge at Vail.

When: Thursday. Doors and dinner service start at 6 p.m.; performance begins at 7 p.m.

Cost: Tickets are $20 and there’s a $20 food and beverage minimum per person

More information: Tickets available at or 970-479-6146.

VAIL — The Vail Jazz Winter Series wraps up with a show at Cucina at the Lodge at Vail on Thursday featuring Vail Jazz favorite Allan Finney. Finney will unveils his first CD during the performance.

It is Finney’s first album with an all-star Colorado lineup, including Eric Gunnison on keyboard, Bob Rebholz on sax, Mark Simon on bass, Bill Kopper on guitar and Justin Allison on vocals. This event will close out the Vail Jazz Winter Series.


Finney has graced the stages of the Vail Jazz Party, led bands throughout the state and shared the stage with the likes of Curtis Stigers, Tony Monaco and Tony DeSare.

The son of a big band drummer, Finney hails from Stoke-on-Trent, England. He first started playing trombone as a child but after seeing a performance by Buddy Rich at age 12, Finney soon switched to drums. By the age of 19, he was playing professionally in nightclubs and resort hotels all over the United Kingdom. Finney relocated to Vail in 1995, after living in Madison, Wisconsin, for many years.

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The finale of the Vail Jazz Winter Series offers dinner and a show. The music starts at 7 p.m. but doors open at 6 p.m. so guests can order before the performance begins.

The sextet will perform one set of music and hit on their favorites from the new album. One hundred percent of CD sales at the event will be donated to Vail Jazz educational programs. These include Vail Jazz Goes to School, which serves more than 1,100 Eagle County elementary school students annually; the highly regarded Vail Jazz Workshop; and Jammin’ Jazz Kids, a summer outgrowth of Vail Jazz Goes to School.

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