Tickets on sale for the Vail Jazz Festivals Labor Day party |

Tickets on sale for the Vail Jazz Festivals Labor Day party

Daily Staff ReportVail, CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily/Ned Radinsky

VAIL Tickets are now on sale for the 13th annual Vail Jazz Festival Aug. 31-Sept. 3 at the Vail Cascade Resort and Spa.The festival features jazz musicians performing over 24 hours of music over the Labor Day Weekend. This year lineup includes The Clayton Brothers Quintet, Taylor Eigsti Trio, Matt Wilsons Arts & Crafts, Rickey Woodards Four Brothers & Others, Mile High Chapter Choir and VJF Workshop All-Stars.This years festival will once again feature several of the rising stars of jazz, Robin Litt, executive director of the Vail Jazz Foundation, said. Like Taylor Eigsti, the 22-year old two-time Grammy nominated pianist who has been performing since he was 8 years old, and Brandon Lee, former Vail Jazz Workshop trumpeter, who has just graduated from Juilliard and released his first CD as a leader will join veteran jazz performers including John Clayton, Steve Nelson, Herlin Riley and Matt Wilson.

New this year, the foundation will honor local jazz performer and educator Tony Gulizia as a part of the festivals opening night with a pre-concert wine and cheese reception from 7-8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 31. Gulizia, who can be seen playing jazz in the Vail Valley at Grouse Mountain Grill, Kelly Liken and the Cascade, directs and teaches the Vail Jazz Foundations Jazz Goes to School program, which is presented to all fourth and fifth graders in Eagle County. We are thrilled to honor Tony Gulizia who is an outstanding musician, educator and community leader. We are extremely fortunate to have Tony and his music in our community, Litt said.

Back by popular demand, The Tony Gulizia Trio will perform on the Cascades deck during breakfast on Saturday, Sept. 1, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Attendees receive 10 percent off their breakfast with their jazz ticket. The Mile High Chapter Choir returns to present the Gospel Prayer Meetin featuring vocalist Niki Haris on Sunday, Sept. 2, at 10 a.m. On Sunday night, Bill Cunliffe will salute Thelonius Monk.There are a couple of ticket packages for th e Labor Day Weekend Party. The Patrons Pass at $325 allows access to all seven performances and the exclusive Patrons Dinner with Artists on Saturday, Sept. 1. Individual tickets are available for all performances, starting with the youth afternoon tickets for $10; adult morning and afternoon tickets for $45 and evening tickets for $55. For more information, contact Robin Litt at 1-888-VAIL JAM (824-5526) or visit

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