Colorado High School Band Showcase kicks off Sunday, July 31, at Vail Farmers’ Market | VailDaily.com

Colorado High School Band Showcase kicks off Sunday, July 31, at Vail Farmers’ Market

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VAIL — Vail Jazz is bringing more free music to your ears. Every Sunday from today until Aug. 21, come to the Vail Farmers' Market & Art Show at 11 a.m. to hear jazz bands composed of rising local talent from around the state.

"Featuring high school-aged jazz musicians from our state is another way that Vail Jazz showcases young musicians during the summer-long festival," said Robin Litt, Vail Jazz executive director. "Performing at the Farmers' Market is the perfect opportunity for hundreds of ears to soak up this pool of young talent."

Performances take place at the Vail Jazz Tent, located on the west side of Solaris Plaza in Vail Village. Taking place directly after the Colorado High School Band Showcase, Vail Jazz @ The Market continues each week through Sunday, Aug. 28, featuring Colorado-based musicians and ensembles firing up a live soundtrack from noon to 3 p.m.

The Hennessy 6

Vail Jazz @ The Market continues today with The Hennessy 6, a talented sextet based in Denver. The group, led by Sean Hennessy on trumpet, includes seamless interpretation of soulful ballads, driving swing, Latin hard bop and more. The group has played together since 2012, but collectively, the members have appeared alongside Dave Liebman, Joe Walsh, Wycilffe Gordon, John Faddis, Vince Gill and Amy Grant.

Also on Sundays, local jazz legend Tony Gulizia and drummer Brian Loftus are joined by a variety of visiting jazz musicians for Vail Jazz @ The Remedy at Four Seasons Resort. This series takes place from 8 to 10 p.m. every Sunday through Aug. 28. Today, Hennessy will join Gulizia and Loftus on trumpet.

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For more information

Free Sunday night performances and Vail Jazz @ The Market are part of the 22nd annual Vail Jazz Festival, which offers more than 60 live shows in Vail throughout the summer and culminates in the Vail Jazz Party, a five-day blowout of wall-to-wall performances over Labor Day Weekend. For information, visit http://www.vailjazz.org or call 888-VAIL-JAM.

Colorado High School Band Showcase schedule

All shows take place Sundays starting at 11 a.m. in the Vail Jazz Tent, located on the west side of Solaris Plaza in Vail Village. Learn more at http://www.vailjazz.org.

• July 31 — Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts

• Aug. 7 — Kent Denver School Jazz Band

• Aug. 14 — East High School 6th Hour Jazz Combo

• Aug. 21 — Denver School of the Arts Jazz Ensemble