Clayton Brothers Quintet play free show Thursday |

Clayton Brothers Quintet play free show Thursday

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Daily

VAIL, Colorado – Jazz at Vail Square wraps up with the final free concert in the heart of Lionshead Thursday at 6 p.m. The show also kicks off the 16th annual Labor Day Weekend Party, a celebration of jazz including five nights and four days of music.

The Clayton Brothers Quintet is comprised of Grammy award winner bassist/composer/conductor John Clayton, co-leader Jeff Clayton on saxophone, Terell Stafford on trumpet, Bill Cunliffe on piano and Lewis Nash on drums.

“We love coming to Vail, it’s like a second home for us,” said John Clayton. “It’s where it all comes together; the coolest artists playing with the cats who represent the future of jazz – our Vail Jazz All-Stars. And you can’t beat the setting – it’s always fun, always memorable.”

Joining the Claytons will be the Vail Jazz All-Stars, a dozen of the most talented high school-aged jazz musicians in North America, who will be completing a 10-day intensive workshop in Vail with the Clayton Brothers Quintet. Today is their opportunity to shine with one of the most accomplished jazz quintets of today.

“We are always amazed at the sheer potential of these young musicians,” said Clayton, who also serves as director of education for the Vail Jazz Foundation. “You don’t want to miss this unique and special performance.”

The final Jazz at Vail Square concert also kicks off the 16th annual Labor Day weekend party, hosted at the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort and in Vail Square Friday through Tuesday, and featuring Ann Hampton Callaway, Jeff Hamilton Trio, Wycliffe Gordon, Tony Monaco and over 25 of the greatest jazz musicians on the planet. The weekend includes Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening performances at the Vail Marriott Grand Ballroom, and daytime performances on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, including some free sets with the Vail Jazz All-Stars. Tickets start at $45; students are free with a paid adult ticket. Tickets are on sale now at or at the door for each performance.

The Vail Jazz Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, celebrating 15 years of providing outstanding jazz music and jazz education programs in Vail. For more information, visit

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