Vail jazz fest jams with variety |

Vail jazz fest jams with variety

Vail Daily staff reportnewsroom@vaildaily.comVail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail DailyMagos Herrera plays Jazz at Vail Square on Aug. 20 at 6 p.m.

VAIL, Colorado – The Vail Jazz Festival returns with over 29 concerts in and around Vail this summer. The festival culminates with the annual Vail Jazz Party, at 24-hour celebration of jazz, which this Labor Day weekend returns to its former home at the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort in Lionshead.”If you like traditional jazz, swing, Latin jazz or the American songbook, you won’t be disappointed this summer,” said Howard Stone, chairman and artistic director for the Vail Jazz Foundation. “We’ve mixed it up with a variety of jazz styles, and our venues bring together great jazz talent with spectacular settings.” continued Stone.Jazz at the Market, June 28 – Aug. 30The festival begins on June 28 with the first of 10 Jazz at the Vail Farmers’ Market concerts, Sundays at the Vail Jazz Festival stage from noon to 3:30 p.m., on Meadow Drive near Annie’s.Talent includes local favorites like Tony Gulizia Trio, Justin Allison Trio, Summit Jazz Consort, the Mile High Chapter Choir and Kathy Morrow.Washington Prep Jazz & Marching Band, July 3 & 4The Inner City Educational Foundation and Washington Prep Jazz & Marching Band return to Vail’s July 4 celebrations. The band is comprised of students from South Central Los Angeles charter schools. With their blend of traditional marching, jazz and hip hop, this 100-member band will perform at Mountain Plaza on July 3, and on July 4 will participate in the parade and perform in Vail Square at 1 p.m..”The Jazz & Marching Band helps us launch the festival with a big splash” said Mia Vlaar, executive director of the Vail Jazz Foundation. “As the summer continues, we add more venues and greater variety of performances.” Curtis Stigers Benefit, July 20Multi-platinum selling vocalist Curtis Stigers will perform a benefit concert for the Vail Jazz Foundation on July 20 at the Arrabelle. Stigers is a singer, saxophonist, and songwriter whose music is a blend of rock, soul and jazz. Tickets are available for $150 by calling 970-479-6146.Jazz at Vail Square in Lionshead, Aug. 6 – Sept. 3Jazz at Vail Square returns to Lionshead on Aug. 6 with the first of five free shows in tent outside the Arrabelle Hotel. Confirmed artists include:Aug. 6: Niki Haris Singer, songwriter and dancer Niki Haris brings her quartet to Vail. Haris performed in January at the Obama inauguration, and has recorded with Ray Charles, Santana, Luther Vandross, the Righteous Brothers, Anita Baker, Mick Jagger, Whitney Houston and Madonna.Aug. 13: Hot Tomatoes Swing Band and Swing Dancing: The Hot Tomatoes recreate music by the greats of the swing era, including Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller and Harry James. Completing the big band experience are award-winning swing dancers Tiffiny Wine and Kenny Nelson.Aug. 20: Magos Herrera Quartet; A singer-songwriter known for her beguiling rhythmic scatting inflected with soulful Latin-Andalusian phrasings. Herrera blends classic jazz with Mexican, Cuban and Brazilian melodies. Aug. 27: Doug Wamble: Acoustic guitarist, singer and composer Doug Wamble is known for his blend of jazz, gospel and blues. Wamble is joined by pianist Roy Dunlap, bassist Jeff Hanley and drummer Peter Miles. The quartet has performed at venues including London Jazz Festival, Berlin Jazz Festival, Tanglewood and Monterey Jazz Festival.Sept. 3: Clayton Brothers Quintet and VJF All-StarsLead by Grammy winner and bassist John Clayton, this group includes saxophonist Jeff Clayton, pianist Bill Cunliffe, Terell Stafford on trumpet, and Lewis Nash on drums. The quintet also serves as educators for the Vail Jazz Workshop, an 10-day clinic for 12 of the finest high school-aged jazz musicians in the country. Their unique learning experience culminates with their performance with the Clayton Brothers Quintet in Vail Square on Sept. 3.Vail Jazz Party, Sept. 3-7 (Labor Day Weekend)The Vail Jazz Party will welcome back some 2008 crowd pleasers: tenor saxophonist Joel Frahm and trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, who played with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra at the Ford Amphitheater in 2008. Also back by popular demand: Benny Green, a one-of-a-kind pianist, alto saxophonist Antonio Hart, and organist Tony Monaco. Colorado’s own Dave Corbus will be playing blues guitar, while groups Ann Hampton Callaway and her trio, and the Jeff Hamilton Trio return. The Clayton Brothers Quintet will be a major force at the Jazz Party, as will the Brian Lynch Quintet. Pianist Bill Cunliffe will present a multi-media salute to trumpet legend Freddie Hubbard. The Vail Jazz Party also includes a special show by the Mile High Chapter Choir, which will share gospel sounds outside in the Vail Square tent in Lionshead on Sept. 6. They will be followed by an afternoon jam session by a variety of jazz party musicians. Tickets, Lodging and More InformationFor all free series, seats are available on a first come, first served basis. Tickets to the Vail Jazz Party are $45/afternoon session, $55/evening session, or $350 for a VIP event pass. Each sessions includes up to six different sets of musicians. Tickets and passes are available through the Vail Jazz Foundation office at 970-479-6146, or 888-VAILJAM (824-5526). Lodging is offered at host hotel Vail Marriott Mountain Resort with rooms starting at $129/night: Call 800-648-0720 and mention ‘Vail Jazz’ to make your reservation. Early booking discounts are available for tickets and lodging, and both will be available for online purchase in July.For more information, contact Mia Vlaar, The Vail Jazz Foundation,, or visit

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