Stripling and Gordon to reunite at Vail Jazz Fest
VAIL- The Vail Jazz Festival announced this week that Byron Stripling, Columbus Jazz Orchestra artistic director and trumpet virtuoso, will perform at the Labor Day weekend jazz party Sept. 2 to 6. Stripling takes the place of trumpeter Sean Jones and will be making his second visit to the Vail Valley this summer after performing on July 3 at the Ford Amphitheater with trombonist Wycliffe Gordon and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.”We’re so pleased Byron is able to be part of the 16th annual Vail Jazz Party,” said Howard Stone, artistic director of the Vail Jazz Festival. “His extraordinary achievements as a musician and vocalist add a whole new dimension to an already amazing lineup of musicians.”Stripling and Gordon will be joined by Donald Harrision on alto saxophone, Aaron Diehl on piano, Ben Wolfe on bass and Ali Jackson on drums as part of a salute to New Orleans. Billed as “Struttin’ With Some Barbecue,” the name of a famous Louis Armstrong tune, the band will play on the evening of Sept. 3 and on Sept. 6 in the afternoon. Each of the musicians will play another three to four times throughout the Labor Day weekend in various jam sessions with other musicians. Joining “Struttin’ With Some Barbecue” will be vocalist Ann Hampton Callaway, who will present a multimedia salute to Ella Fitzgerald, while Grammy-winning arranger and pianist Bill Cunliffe will present a multimedia tribute to Oscar Peterson. Another special feature of this year’s Vail Jazz Party will be a performance by Chie Imaizumi’s Little Big Band and a first-time appearance by Tyree Morris & the Hearts of Worship as part of the gospel show on Sept. 5. Back by popular demand will also be the Jeff Hamilton Trio and B-3 organist Tony Monaco. The Clayton Brothers Quintet will once again be a major force at the jazz party. The Clayton Brothers Quintet, consisting of John and Jeff Clayton, Terrell Stafford, Bill Cunliffe and Lewis Nash, also doubles as educators-in-residence for the annual Vail Jazz Workshop, a week-long intensive course for promising high-school-aged jazz musicians, which takes place in Vail during the week before Labor Day. The workshop students will also perform as the Vail Jazz All-Stars, debuting Sept. 2 at Vail Square. Tickets, passes and gift certificates to the Labor Day Jazz Party can be purchased through the Vail Jazz Foundation office at 970-479-6146, 888-VAILJAM or http://www.vailjazz.org. Afternoon sessions are $45, evening sessions are $55, single-day tickets (available for Saturday and Sunday) are $85, an all-event pass including dinner with the artists is $350 per person, and students with ID are free with a paid adult ticket. A $5 ticket discount is available for tickets purchased through July 31.