Free jazz concert in Vail Thursday |

Free jazz concert in Vail Thursday

Special to the DailyJacky Terrasson leads his trio on Thursday night in Vail Square.

VAIL, Colorado- Next in the Jazz at Vail Square lineup is the Jacky Terrasson Trio, who will share their traditional jazz styling tonight outside the Arrabelle Hotel starting at 6 p.m. tonight.

Terrasson is no stranger to the spotlight. When Terrasson won the prestigious Thelonious Monk piano competition in 1993, he proceeded to lead one of the defining jazz piano trios of that decade. By the mid-’90s, Terrasson was being hailed as one of the bright young lions on the traditional jazz scene. His self-titled 1995 debut for Blue Note Records drew high praise from all corners of the jazz world. His feathery keyboard touch is coupled with power and passion and a complete understanding of the blues and improvisation. Terrasson is also a gifted arranger. Terrasson is joined on stage by drummer Gerald Cleaver and bassist Ben Williams.

The concert series continues on Aug. 26, when jazz crooner and saxophonist Curtis Stigers returns to Vail Square with his trio. The free series wraps up on Sept. 2 with the Clayton Brothers Quintet. 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 Vail Jazz Foundation. Thursday will be their opportunity to shine with one of the most accomplished jazz quintets of today.

The final Jazz at Vail Square concert also kicks off the 15th annual Labor Day weekend party, hosted at the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort and in Vail Square Sept. 3 – 7, and featuring Ann Hampton Callaway, Jeff Hamilton Trio, Wycliffe Gordon, Byron Stripling and many other great jazz musicians. Tickets start at $45 and are on sale now at

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