Vail Jazz party celebrates ninth year |

Vail Jazz party celebrates ninth year

Andy Stonehouse/Special to the Daily

Labor Day’s always filled with some hard choices to make for those who love music in the mountains. But while both Vail and Aspen both offer end-of-summer parties billed as jazz festivals, it’s only the venerable Vail Jazz Party that delivers the pure, unadulterated sounds of America’s indigenous musical form.

From Friday through Monday, the Vail Cascade Resort and Spa will be filled with an amazing variety of performances by some of America’s top jazz names. As always, that includes several performances by the Clayton Brothers Quartet and members of the Vail Jazz Workshop, a highly specialized one-week program which offers young jazz players from across the continent the opportunity to learn from the pros and perform as an ensemble at the Jazz Party.

This year’s Party is also special as it will feature the first-ever professional performance featuring an alumnus of the Jazz Workshop, musician Obed Calvaire, a 1998 participant who’s now a member of the Steve Turre Quintet.

Other highlights of the weekend include performances by noted jazz vocalist and sax player Cutis Stigers and his Trio (Matthew Fries, Phil Palombi and Keith Hall), plus the big Hammond organ sounds of the Battle of the B-3s, a show featuring players Rhoda Scott, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Plas Johnson, Rodney Jones and Ben Dixon. Fans can also enjoy shows by the Barry Davis Trio, Claudio Roditi and the ever-popular Sunday morning Gospel Prayer Meetin’, featuring the Heavenly Echoes Gospel Choir.

Full passes to the weekend’s performances are still available, including an all-access Patron’s Pass for $250 (which includes premium seating and cocktails) or the standard weekend pass, priced at $195. Individual tickets will also be available, with afternoon sessions priced at $35 and evening shows for $40.

For more information on the entire event, check tomorrow’s Vail Daily; for ticket reservations, call 476-9197 or toll free 888-VAILJAM (888-824-5526). A full schedule of the weekend’s events is also available online at

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