Grammy award winner Bill Cunliffe performs in Edwards |

Grammy award winner Bill Cunliffe performs in Edwards

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VAIL – The Inaugural Winter Jazz Series wraps up with a Soiree with Bill Cunliffe performing “The Music of Broadway” at the home of Wing and Maureen Mayer in Singletree. This nearly sold out event takes place Thursday from 6 to 8 pm. Tickets are $50 and include the concert, wine and appetizers.

Cunliffe is a pianist, composer, arranger, author and educator. Additionally, he is a four-time Grammy nominee (having won a Grammy for the 2010 Best Instrumental Arrangement) and a two-time Emmy nominee. Arrangement), as well as two-time Emmy nominee. His professional accomplishments are extensive and include: winning the Thelonious Monk piano competition, the most prestigious piano competition in the world of jazz; touring with Frank Sinatra and Buddy Rich; and performing with many of the legendary jazz greats including Ray Brown, Freddie Hubbard, Art Farmer, to name just a few. For the past 17 years Bill has performed at the Vail Jazz Festival and has been a dedicated teacher for the Vail Jazz Workshop since its inception in 1996.

“We are thrilled to have Bill Cunliffe entertain us for our wrap up to our first winter series,” said Robin Litt, Executive Director of the Vail Jazz Foundation. “Having Bill perform in such an intimate setting will be very memorable. His clever arrangements of Broadway show tunes is sure to be entertaining and his extraordinary talent will shine.”

The music of many famous Broadway shows has made its way into the jazz canon. Many of the most performed “jazz standards” were created for Broadway musicals. The 1920s were known as the “Jazz Age” and as jazz was entering the mainstream of American culture, Broadway was enjoying its most productive years with unprecedented number of musical productions opening each year. It is no coincidence that musical theater and jazz would influence each other ever since.

The line-up of musicians for the 18th Annual Vail Jazz Festival will be announced soon. With 40 shows over a 12-week period in a variety of venues, the Vail Jazz Festival will be hard to miss this summer.

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