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Vail Valley jazz: Free concert Friday at Vilar Center

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail Daily/Ed KosmickiVail Valley jazz: Andy Hall, on bass, Kirk Garrison, on trumpet, and Roger Neumann, on saxophone, will perform during the free jazz concert at the Vilar Center on Friday, which is Jazz Appreciation Day.

VAIL – What do you get when you take Vail Valley jazz musician Tony Gulizia, add five of his talented colleagues, and put them on stage at the Vilar Performing Arts Center? You get an free show featuring the Jazz Goes to School Sextet in celebration of Jazz Appreciation Day.

The free Vail Jazz Foundation concert begins at 6 p.m., and seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

“We are super excited to do this show,” said program director and band leader Tony Gulizia. “The six of us have been playing together for years now, both with Jazz Goes to School and at other gigs, and it’ll be fun to break out of the elementary schools and share our swinging sound with the entire Vail Valley community.”

The concert will take listeners through 100 years of American jazz, with familiar standards from Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, George Gershwin and John Coltrane, along with some spicy Latin flavors from Tito Puente and Antonio Carlos Jobim, Gulizia says.

The Jazz Goes to School Sextet is Gulizia (keyboards/vocals), Tony’s brother, Joey (drums), Andy Hall (bass), Roger Neumann (saxophone), Kirk Garrison (trumpet) and Michael Pujado (congas and percussion).

Jazz Goes to School educates over 1,000 fourth and fifth graders annually in the public schools of Eagle County, plus the Eagle County Charter Academy, Vail Mountain School, Vail Academy, Stone Creek Elementary School and St. Clare of Assisi. Jazz Goes to School has exposed over 10,000 school students to jazz music since inception.

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