Vail Jazz Workshop
As part of the Festival, 12 dedicated and gifted high school age musicians receive scholarships to participate in an exceptional learning experience enabling them to study in an environment providing intense interaction with their instructors (two to three students per instructor), as well as with their fellow students.
They also are provided with the invaluable opportunity of performing at the Festival.
John Clayton, former Artistic Director of Jazz for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, noted jazz educator, bass virtuoso and co-leader of the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra and the Clayton Brothers Quartet is the Workshop Director. Joining him as instructors are Jeff Clayton, sax and woodwinds; Terell Stafford, trumpet; Bill Cunliffe, piano; and Lewis Nash, drums. We are deeply indebted to this all-star faculty for its extraordinary generosity that enables us to continue a tradition that has established the VJF Workshop as one of our nation’s leading jazz education programs.
As part of the 10th Anniversary Celebration of the Festival, 5 former Workshop students, the VJF Alumni Band, will be featured at this year’s Labor Day Weekend Party.
We are especially pleased to be able to reunite them with their former teachers and mentors, while showcasing the talents of these dedicated and highly accomplished young musicians, who so ably represent the next generation of professional jazz musicians.