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Stigers show benefits Vail Jazz Foundation

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Special to the Vail DailyCurtis returns to Vail, Colorado after opening the Jazz at Vail Square concert series
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VAIL, Colorado – Vocalist Curtis Stigers will play at benefit for the Vail Jazz Foundation on Monday at the Arrabelle in Lionshead in Vail, Colorado.

The concert will support jazz education and live performance programs of the Vail Jazz Foundation, and tickets are available for purchase for $150 each.

Singer, saxophonist, and songwriter, Stigers has a distinctive voice and storytelling style. Not at all a stranger to Vail, Stigers opened the 2008 Jazz at Vail Square concert series last summer.

He will be arriving here from Ronnie Scott’s, a well-known London Jazz Club, after playing the Copenhagen Jazz Festival and the Toronto Jazz Festival with fellow musicians Matthew Fries (piano) and Cliff Schmitt (bass).

Stigers recently completed a stint at the Algonquin Hotel in New York, where he received rave reviews. The Village Voice’s David Finkel, said “Not since Chet Baker has a male warbler been quite so cool at impeccably interpreting the Great American Songbook.”

Stephen Holden, New York Times, said of Stigers: “Depending on your definition he is either a rock ‘n’ roll jazz man who plays a honking saxophone that echoes his raw, craggy singing or a jazz-influenced rocker.”

Stigers recently finished recording a new album “Lost in Dreams”, which will be released in September. The album includes a mix of standards and original tunes, recorded with his quartet, which includes John Sneider on trumpet, Matthew Fries on piano, Cliff Schmitt on bass and Keith Hall on drums.

“Curtis is the hottest jazz singer in Europe today’, said Howard Stone, chair and artistic director of the Vail Jazz Foundation. “Curtis loves Vail and has returned to share his great talent with us – all for the benefit of the Vail Jazz Foundation and our education and live performance programs.” continued Stone.

Tickets to the event are $150 per person and are still available by contacting the Vail Jazz Foundation at 970-479-6146 or vjf@vailjazz.org.


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