Vail Jazz kicks off its summer of free live music programs Sunday, June 26
VAIL — For live music lovers, Sunday is about to become the best day of the week. Beginning on Sunday, the extravaganza of free jazz kicks off for the summer.
Vail Jazz @ The Market
If you’ve strolled through the sea of stimulation that is the Vail Farmers’ Market, amid the colorful booths, cute dogs, long-lost friends and sweet aromas, your ears have probably perked up to the soundtrack of energetic live tunes.
These Pied Piper-like melodies are emitted from the Jazz Tent at Solaris Plaza, home of Vail Jazz @ The Market. Beginning on Sunday, a rotation of popular, Colorado-grown artists performs for free from noon to 3 p.m.
A spicy six-piece ensemble of bass, percussion, horns, keyboards and vocals, Ritmo Jazz Latino kicks off the summer with infectious Latin rhythms, while the peppy, Brazilian melodies of Ginga with percussionist ensemble Bateria Alegria light up the Market stage on July 3.
The eclectic lineup continues throughout the summer with The Girshevich Trio, Dexter Payne Quintet, Joe Deninzon with The Mark Diamond Trio, The Hennessy 6, Kathy Morrow Quartet, BLT and Bob Rebholz, Katie Glassman and Snapshot, wrapping up with Chuck Lamb JazzFusion Quartet.
Vail Jazz @ The Market offers a refreshing respite from the sun and crowds, with dozens of seats available in the tent. Audience members come and go as they please, and a sashay around the tent is always welcomed.
Jammin’ Jazz Kids
Kids have a unique opportunity to uncover and unleash their musical talent for free on four Sundays in July, as Vail Jazz once again offers Jammin’ Jazz Kids. An engaging, interactive workshop, Jammin’ Jazz Kids puts the instruments (congas, xylophones and more) directly into the hands of the kids, who, with a little professional instruction from experts Tony Gulizia and Brian Loftus, strike up surprisingly melodious harmonies within minutes.
The free workshops are open to children ages 4 to 12, with registration at 10:45 a.m. on Sundays July 3, 10, 17 and 24 at the Vail Jazz Tent at Solaris in Vail. Workshops are scheduled for 11 a.m. and last 45 minutes.
High school band showcase
Top musicians from high school jazz programs in Denver hit the Solaris stage for a free performance at 11 a.m. for four Sundays, from July 31 to Aug. 28. Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts, directed by Paul Romaine, kicks off the inaugural showcase of high school band stars on July 31, followed by the Kent Denver Jazz Combo, directed by Stephen Hailey on Aug. 7.
Then comes East High School 6th Hour Jazz Combo on Aug. 14 and Denver School of Arts, directed by Dave Hammond, to wrap up the showcase on Aug. 21. Again, all performances are free and begin at 11 a.m. at the Vail Jazz Tent on the Solaris Plaza in Vail Village for four Sundays beginning July 31.
Vail Jazz @ The Remedy
On Sunday nights, local piano star Gulizia and drummer Loftus lead a rotating lineup of visiting musicians in feel-good dining and drinking vibes at The Remedy Bar at the Four Seasons Resort in Vail.
The Remedy delivers a combination of classic and creative cocktails, extensive wine list, selection of culinary concoctions, patio with mountain views and the frolicsome sounds of live jazz every Sunday beginning at 8 p.m. July 3.
These free Sunday offerings are part of the 22nd annual Vail Jazz Festival, which kicks off on Friday, June 24, with Vail SummerFest and wraps up 60-plus shows later with the Labor Day Weekend Vail Jazz Party. The festival brings international touring artists to Vail for free and ticketed performances each week over a 12-week period.
For more information on these or any other Vail Jazz programs, visit vailjazz.org or call 888-VAIL-JAM.
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