Vail Jazz Foundation names Jeff Andrews executive director heading into 25th season
VAIL — As the 24th season of the Vail Jazz Festival reached its midway point of the summer in early August, the Vail Jazz Foundation announced that Jeff Andrews has joined the team as executive director to lead the nonprofit arts organization into its 25th anniversary celebration.
Raised in a musical family in Maplewood, New Jersey, and immersed in the rich culture of the New York Metropolitan area, Andrews has called the Vail Valley home since 1996 with his wife of 25 years, Lynne. Andrews’ business career began in 1989 in the food and beverage industry, transitioning to the lodging industry in 2001 at East West Hospitality, ultimately rising to vice president of operations in Vail.
Andrews has also been involved in community organizations, previously as co-chair of the Vail Town Council Committee on Special Events and currently serving as an executive committee member of the Board of the Vail Valley Partnership.
In 2019, Vail Jazz will celebrate a quarter century of continued growth of its year-round educational and musical programming under the leadership of founder Howard Stone. As part of the adopted transition plan from a founder-based organization to institutional leadership, Stone and members of the Board of Directors sought a local executive with broad experience and deep knowledge of the culture of the Vail Valley.
“Jeff is a long-time resident of the Vail Valley with a proven track record as a successful senior business executive with deep roots in the community,” Stone said. “For now and the foreseeable future, I am looking forward to working with Jeff and the staff as we complete this year’s festival, begin planning our 25th anniversary season and many more years of successfully fulfilling our mission of perpetuating jazz.”
Coming Up at Vail Jazz
The 24th annual Vail Jazz Festival continues with an array of performances, including numerous free events through the end of summer.
These include the Vail Jazz @ The Market concert every Sunday afternoon in the Jazz Tent at Solaris; and Vail Jazz @ The Remedy at The Four Seasons every Sunday night through Aug. 26; as well as the free live music party on the lawn in Edwards — Vail Jazz @ The Riverwalk — every Friday evening through Aug. 24.
The Vail Jazz Club Series wraps up Wednesday, Aug. 8, with a pair of dinner club-style performances featuring Australian vocalist-bassist Nicki Parrott’s Tribute to Peggy Lee. Parrott moves her quartet to the Jazz Tent in Lionshead Village for the Vail Jazz @ Vail Square series, which features an internationally heralded artist or band performance every Thursday through Aug. 23.
The 24th annual Vail Jazz Festival culminates with the Vail Jazz Party over Labor Day weekend, five days of indoor and outdoor performances starring dozens of the hottest names in jazz.
For tickets or more information, visit vailjazz.org.