Curtis Stigers opens Vail Jazz Festival’s inaugural Winter Jazz Series
VAIL – Singer, saxophonist and songwriter Curtis Stigers returns to Vail on Feb. 9 with his trio to perform at the Vail Jazz Foundation’s Benefit Concert and Dinner. All proceeds from the event will be used to support Jazz Goes to School, the VJF’s program in all fourth- and fifth-grade classrooms in Eagle County, bringing jazz history and education to more than 1,100 students annually. This is the first of three jazz concerts for the Vail Jazz Foundation’s inaugural Winter Jazz Series.”We are thrilled to have Curtis and his Trio entertain us for our benefit concert and dinner,” said Howard Stone, artistic director and chairman of the Vail Jazz Foundation. For two decades, Stigers has demonstrated that the lines between jazz, pop, soul, rock, blues and even country are not as clearly defined as they may seem. In a trajectory that began with pop-soul albums in the early ’90s, the vocalist-saxophonist-songwriter has spent the past several years cementing his reputation as a formidable jazz singer. Stigers is joined by Matthew Fries on piano, Cliff Schmitt on bass and Keith Hall on drums.The benefit concert and dinner will take place at the Arrabelle at Vail Square. Tickets are $150, and the hotel is offering attendees $5 valet parking. Attendees will gather in the great room for passed appetizers and wine and then move to the ballroom for a plated dinner, including salad and entree prepared by Chef Douglas Dodd. A delectable dessert, by Rimini, will follow while Stigers and his trio take to the stage. On July 2, Stigers will return for a joint performance with Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival to perform with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater.The Winter Jazz Series continues on March 11 at the Vilar Performing Arts Center with Ann Hampton Callaway’s multi-media tribute to Ella Fitzgerald and ends with a soiree dinner and concert featuring Grammy Award-winning pianist and composer Bill Cunliffe on March 29. Tickets for the benefit are on sale at http://www.vailjazz.org or 970-479-6146 or 888-VAILJAM. Tickets for Ann Hampton Callaway’s Salute are on sale at http://www.vpac.org. The soiree tickets will go on sale soon.The Vail Jazz Foundation is a nonprofit organization, now in its 18th year of providing jazz music and jazz-education programs in Eagle County. For more information, visit http://www.vailjazz.org or contact Robin Litt at email@example.com.