Vail Jazz Foundation announces lineup for Vail Jazz Festival |

Vail Jazz Foundation announces lineup for Vail Jazz Festival

Daily staff report
Vail CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily

VAIL, Colorado ” The Vail Jazz Festival is warming up for its 15th anniversary season, which will feature live jazz concerts at Vail venues including the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail Farmers Market, and Vail Square in Lionshead, this summer.

“We are putting together a terrific group of artists that promises some great jazz performances,” said Howard Stone, chairman and artistic director of the Vail Jazz Foundation. “We’re seeking out the latest and greatest, but we’re also bringing back some requested favorites to make this, our 15th anniversary season in Vail, better than ever.”

Confirmed artists include accomplished jazz soloists as well as highly acclaimed groups. Tenor saxophonist Joel Frahm will return to the Labor Day Jazz Party as will Wycliffe Gordon, who appeared both with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra at a concert co-presented with Bravo last June and at over Labor Day weekend. Back by popular demand will be Benny Green, a one-of-a-kind pianist who will once again grace the stage Labor Day weekend. Other returning soloists include alto saxophonist Antonio Hart and B-3 organist Tony Monaco.

Returning groups include the Jeff Hamilton Trio, who performed as part of 2008 Jazz at Vail Square series, and will this year play the Labor Day Jazz Party. The Clayton Brothers Quintet will once again be a major force at the Jazz Party. In addition to the many accomplishments as the Quintet and the Clayton Brothers Jazz Orchestra, Brothers John and Jeff Clayton have just released a new CD, “Brother to Brother,” for which the Vail Jazz Foundation is executive producer. The Clayton Brothers Quintet, consisting of John and Jeff Clayton, Terrell Stafford, Bill Cunliffe and Lewis Nash, also doubles as educators-in-residence for the annual Vail Jazz Workshop, a week-long intensive course for promising high school-aged jazz musicians, which takes place in Vail during the week before Labor Day. The workshop students will also perform as the Vail Jazz All Stars at the Jazz Party. Other favorites scheduled to return include Denver’s own Mile High Chapter Choir, who will share their own brand of gospel music at the Jazz Party, and Bill Cunliffe, who will present a multimedia salute to one of jazz’ greatest masters.

Tickets, passes, or gift certificates to the Labor Day Jazz Party can be purchased through the Vail Jazz Foundation office at 970-479-6146, or 888-VAILJAM (824-5526). For more information on the Vail Jazz Foundation, visit

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