Vail Jazz Foundation 2008 summer lineup |

Vail Jazz Foundation 2008 summer lineup

Daily Staff Report
Vail CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily

VAIL ” The Vail Jazz Foundation has announced its summer lineup of events, which brings live jazz music to Vail venues ranging from the Farmers’ Market to the Arrabelle at Vail Square, and finishes with the traditional Labor Day Weekend Jazz Party at Vail Cascade.

“We are really excited to present this outstanding lineup of jazz talent in and around Vail this summer,” said Mia Vlaar, executive director of the Vail Jazz Foundation. “Our work over the past 13 years has helped us create a tremendous network of contacts with top talent from the world of jazz. These relationships continue to pay off locally with outstanding jazz performances in Vail.”

The Summer of Jazz consists of three key programs: Jazz at the Market’ brings live jazz music to the Vail Farmers’ Market on select Sundays throughout the summer. Jammin’ Jazz Nights’ will find its home at the Arrabelle at Vail Square, filling the heart of the New Lionshead with jazz sounds on Thursday evenings from July 31 through the end of August.

The summer of jazz culminates with the traditional Labor Day Weekend Jazz Party ” a five day celebration of jazz music at the Vail Cascade, which attracts some of the greatest Jazz talent of the 21st century. The 2008 Summer of Jazz in Vail offers internationally acclaimed jazz ensembles and soloists as well as local and regional favorites. The Clayton Brothers Quintet, Hendrik Meurkens Samba Jazz Quintet, and the legendary Jimmy Bruno trio will perform. Solo performers include saxophonist Joel Frahm, trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, pianists Benny Green and Don Papadon’ Washington, and B-3 player Tony Monaco. Local favorites Tony Gulizia, Kathy Morrow Trio, Max Wagner Quartet, and the Mile High Chapel Choir will complete the summer of jazz in Vail.

While performing jazz is a key focus of the foundation, its programs also aim to perpetuate jazz music and education with a special emphasis on young musicians and young audiences.

“Our programming is supported and completed by our education programs,” said Howard Stone, chair of the Vail Jazz Foundation. Jazz Goes to School educates Eagle County 4th and 5th graders about America’s original music form: Jazz. This local, grassroots program is enhanced by the annual jazz workshop, in which 12 promising jazz musicians are selected from hundreds of high school musicians for a week of intensive jazz study with industry masters. The workshop students stay with local families in order to get a close up experience of the Vail Valley, and at the end of the week they perform together in and around Vail.

“From the ground up, we build jazz awareness and appreciation and support those who will help perpetuate the art form ” we take our mission very seriously,” said John Clayton, director of education for the foundation.

The Vail Jazz Foundation is a nonprofit organization in its 13th year of providing outstanding jazz music and jazz education programs in the Vail Valley. For more information, visit

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