Vail Jazz Foundation appoints new director |

Vail Jazz Foundation appoints new director

Daily Staff Report

VAIL – The Vail Jazz Foundation (VJF) appoints Robin Litt as new executive director.After growing up in New York City in a musical family, Litt came to Vail in 1989 fresh from college. She spent her first 13 years in Vail with Vail Resorts, the last nine were in community affairs, where Litt worked closely with the VJF on “Jammin’ Jazz Nights” on the old gondola lawn in the late ’90s. She and her husband, Steve, share their love of music (especially jazz) with their children. Sammy, age 6, loves to “jam out” at the VJF’s Gospel Prayer Meetin’ – in particular. Hannah, 5, falls asleep to the Tony Gulizia Trio every night.Litt joins the Vail Jazz Foundation after four years at the Vail Valley Chamber & Tourism Bureau as their vice president of partnership. There she launched numerous cost saving programs for VVCTB partners, including the Chamber Health Plan, discounts with providers such as ADP and First Data credit cards. Litt oversaw the growth of partnership to 1,000 business members. She created numerous new programs for the VVCTB that added value for the business partners including the Success Connection Awards and Roaring ’20s Gala recognizing outstanding businesses in the Vail Valley, Business Before Hours networking events and Leads Groups. Litt is a graduate of the Institute in Nonprofit Organization Management (IOM) from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.”I am thrilled to be joining the Vail Jazz Foundation as its executive director,” said Litt. “After being a long time supporter of the jazz festival, I’m excited to bring my skills to such a wonderful organization. I look forward to working with so many facets of the Vail Valley community and expanding jazz audiences for the educational and performances that are core to the Vail Jazz Foundation’s efforts.”Litt joins the Vail Jazz Foundation as it enters its 12th year. The Vail Jazz Foundation is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to the perpetuation of jazz through the presentation of jazz performances and jazz education, with a special emphasis on young musicians and young audiences. Founded in 1995, the VJF continues to build upon its initial success by adding new types of performances and educational programs each year. The VJF strives to establish a distinctive series of programs and events to serve performers, students, teachers and the existing jazz audience and to expand that audience. By annually presenting the Vail Jazz Festival, a series of performances throughout the summer, VJF is able to showcase the artistry and talent of great jazz musicians. With educational programs and activities such as the Vail Jazz Workshop, Jazz Goes to School and the Washington Prep High School’s Fourth of July Band Trip, VJF is are able to reach out to the next generation of players and listeners. The VJF is determined to fulfill its mission by expanding the audience for jazz while supporting young and established artists in their quest to create great music.”Having had the opportunity to work with Robin over many years, I am confident that she possesses the dedication and experience to successfully carry out the mission of the Vail Jazz Foundation,” said Howard Stone, chairman of the Vail Jazz Foundation. Vail, Colorado

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