Vail Jazz Festival plans unveiled |

Vail Jazz Festival plans unveiled

Weekly staff report
Niki Haris, Wycliffe Gordon, Jeff Clayton and Byron Stripling perform at the 2013 Vail Jazz Festival.
Kallie Anne Winners | Special to the Weekly |

VAIL — As part of the 20th anniversary celebration of the Vail Jazz Festival, The Vail Jazz Foundation unveiled its festival image, the brand of the summer-long festival. With more than 40 performances spanning 12 weeks, offerings will include free and outdoor concerts, large format performances as well as intimate soirees.

Entries came from all over the country, including Eagle County and the Front Range. McCormick, a graphic designer based in Denver, spends a lot of time snowboarding in Vail.

The image becomes the brand of the festival, which will commence on June 22 and wrap up with the Vail Jazz Party on Sept. 1. The season gets a jump start on June 27 with a collaboration with Bravo! Vail at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, featuring jazz guitarist John Pizzarelli and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jeff Tyzik. Jammin’ Jazz Kids, which debuted in 2013, will be expanded to offer free interactive programming for youth every Sunday in July at the Vail Farmers’ Market, in conjunction with the weekly Jazz at The Market series. The cornerstone of Vail Jazz summer activities is the weekly series at Lionshead each Thursday night, Jazz at Vail Square. Artists will include Monty Alexander and the Harlem-Kingston Express, John Pizzarelli Quartet, pianist Tony DeSare, and Vail Jazz “House Band” made up of John Clayton, Jeff Clayton, Terell Stafford, Wycliffe Gordon, Bill Cunliffe and Lewis Nash.

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