Free jazz concert with Claytons, jazz workshop students in Vail Thursday |

Free jazz concert with Claytons, jazz workshop students in Vail Thursday

Daily staff report
VAIL CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily

VAIL – 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 17th annual Labor Day Weekend Party, a celebration of jazz including five nights and four days of performances by today’s finest musicians.

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.”

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The final Jazz at Vail Square concert also kicks off the 17th annual Labor Day weekend party, hosted at the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort and in Vail Square today through Monday, and featuring Monty Alexander Trio – The Reunion, Dena DeRose Trio, Terell Stafford Quintet, Wycliffe Gordon, and more than 25 great jazz musicians. 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 $55; at daytime performances students are free with a paid adult ticket. Tickets are on sale now at or at the door for each performance.

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