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Gospel choir sings at Vail market

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Vail Daily file photoThe Mile High Chapter Choir performed in Vail, Colorado last year at the 2008 Vail Jazz Party.

VAIL, Colorado – A dozen of Denver’s finest gospel singers will travel to Vail, Colorado Sunday to share their soulful gospel music ministry at the Vail Farmers’ Market. The Mile High Chapter Choir is slated to perform on the Vail Jazz Festival stage on Meadow Drive near Annie’s.

The Mile High Chapter Choir includes singers hailing from 12 Denver area churches, who perform in their own churches and together in both religious and secular settings throughout the region.

“Mile High Chapter Choir has been an essential element of the Vail Jazz Festival for over 10 years,” said Mia Vlaar, executive director of the Vail Jazz Foundation.

Gary Thornton, who regularly volunteers for the Vail Jazz Festival continued, “The music draws you in – it’s a hand-clapping, rousing old time sound that make you want to get up and dance.”

“Jazz has its roots in gospel music,” adds Howard Stone, Vail Jazz Foundation chair and artistic director. “It all started at Congo Square in New Orleans, where the African rhythms were first blended with traditional European church music.”

The choir also will Vail Square on Sept. 6 as part of the Labor Day Weekend Jazz Party. For tickets or more information, contact the Vail Jazz Foundation at 970-479-6146.

The Vail Jazz Foundation presents blues, standards, vocals and straight ahead jazz at the Vail Farmers’ Market every Sunday from noon to 3:30 p.m. through Aug. 30. For more information, visit http://www.vailjazz.org.

What: Mile High Chapter Choir

Where: Vail Farmer’s Market

When: Noon to 3:30 p.m., Sunday

Cost: Free

More information: 970-479-6146, http://www.vailjazz.org

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