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Jazz Goes to School back in Vail Valley

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Two Vail Valley, Colorado students enjoy the final Jazz Goes to School concert in 2008.

VAIL, Colorado ” Jazz Goes to School wraps up its 11th year in Colorado’s Vail Valley with two special jazz performances at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek on Monday, featuring Tony Gulizia and the Jazz Goes to School Sextet.

The fourth and final session of the Jazz Goes to School educational program is entitled “A Tribute to the Giants of Jazz” and features a selection of tunes that have shaped the history of jazz in America. Gulizia, a local jazz musician and professional jazz educator, directs the Jazz Goes to School program.

“The concert includes legendary works by Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, and others,” Gulizia said. “The 5th graders go crazy when we perform a medley of their own compositions: the 12 Bar Blues, which the teachers help them compose for the concert.”

Gulizia’s brother, Joey, is also a professional jazz musician and educator (drummer), and he is joined on stage by Andy Hall (bass), Roger Neumann (saxophone), Kirk Garrison (trumpet) and Michael Pujado (congas and percussion). The sextet presents a dynamic, foot stompin’ show that pulls together all the concepts taught in the first three classroom sessions.

Jazz Goes to School is presented by the Vail Jazz Foundation (VJF), a charitable foundation dedicated to the perpetuation of jazz through performances and education, with a focus on young musicians and young audiences. The program educates more than 1,000 4th and 5th graders annually in the public schools of Eagle County, plus the Eagle County Charter Academy, Vail Mountain School, Vail Academy, Stone Creek Elementary School and St. Clare of Assisi. Jazz Goes to School has exposed more than 10,000 school students to jazz music since inception.

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Members of the community, including home-school families, are welcome to attend the concert at a cost of $9 per person.

“We welcome everyone to come out and enjoy the musicianship of this fabulous sextet at the Vilar Center,” said VJF’s executive director, Mia Vlaar. Vlaar said seats are at a premium ” so if you wish to attend, call the Vail Jazz Foundation office at 970-479-6146 by noon Sunday to make a reservation.

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