Vail Jazz at The Riverwalk welcomes Nelson Rangell on July 21
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What: Nelson Rangell performs at Vail Jazz at The Riverwalk.
Where: The Riverwalk Backyard Amphitheater, Edwards.
When: Friday, July 21; vendors open at 5 p.m. and music begins at 6 p.m.
More information: Picnics are welcome, but no pets are allowed and the event is non-smoking. For more information, visit www.vailjazz.org.
A master of many instruments and a renowned crowd pleaser, Nelson Rangell renders the piccolo flute as picnic party-worthy as the tenor saxophone.
Rangell, a Colorado native, can wail on about every type of saxophone. He’s released a whopping 17 albums with styles ranging from pop to classic jazz and American Songbook favorites and has also recorded with the likes of Chuck Loeb, Patti Austin, Tom Browne, The GRP All Star Big Band and on the Grammy-nominated album “The Hang” with Don Grusin.
Rangell brings his smooth instrumental skills to The Riverwalk Backyard Amphitheater today, for Vail Jazz at The Riverwalk.
Dancing, food and fun
Vail Jazz at The Riverwalk delivers free live music every other Friday along with local food and drink vendors, including paella from Revolution, paninis and salads from Eat! Drink! and cocktails from 10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirit Co.
Broadening the jazz genre to include soul, blues, rock and salsa, the series kicked off in June with The Burroughs, followed by The Otone Brass Band, then R&B icons Phil Wiggins & George Kilby Jr., who had the lawn bouncing last time around with spontaneous dancers of all ages — spinning toddlers and adult couples all claiming their cutting space on the grass.
Following Rangell’s performance on Friday, the series continues on Aug. 4 with The Air Force Academy Falconaires Big Band and wraps up on Aug. 18 with 12-piece Latin dance band Quemando.
“With every other Friday that rolls around, the party just gets better,” said Vail Jazz Operations Director James Kenly. “There are more and more families picnicking and people dancing. You see people stopping to check it out, then parking on the grass to grab a drink and stay until the end. It’s a relaxed, neighborhood vibe.”
In addition to food and drink vendors, Alpine Arts Center offers unique arts and crafts projects for children throughout the evening.
Vendors open at 5 p.m. and music begins at 6 p.m. Picnics are welcome, but no pets are allowed. The event is non-smoking. For more information, visit http://www.VailJazz.org.
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