Vail Jazz Party announces lineup
VAIL – The Vail Jazz Party over Labor Day Weekend will feature more than 30 musicians performing over five days and four nights. The performances will be held in a traditional cabaret venue inside the Marriott Grand Ballroom and outside in Vail Square in Lionshead from Sept. 2 to Sept. 6. “We’ve listened to our patrons, and while they love our choice of artists, they have expressed a desire to hear more jazz in the great outdoors,’ said Howard Stone, chairman and artistic director of the Vail Jazz Foundation. “August always presents a challenge weather-wise, but with a tent that covers the band and seats up to 300 people, we hope to share the beauty of jazz with even more folks in Vail all weekend long.”The party is the culmination of the summer long Vail Jazz Festival, which includes group performances, jam sessions and multi-media salutes to Jazz legends. Confirmed artists for the Labor Day Weekend Jazz Party include Ann Hampton Callaway, Bill Cunliffe, Wycliffe Gordon, the Jeff Hamilton Trio, Clayton Brothers Quintet and Tony Monaco. Callaway will present a special salute to Ella Fitzgerald and pianist Cunliffe will present a tribute to Oscar Peterson. 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 high school musicians, which takes place in Vail during the week before Labor Day. The workshop students will also perform as the Vail Jazz All Stars on Sept. 2 at Vail Square. Tickets, passes, and gift certificates to the Labor Day Jazz Party can be purchased through the Vail Jazz Foundation office at 970-479-6146, or 888-VAILJAM. The website is http://www.vailjazz.org.