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Vibraphone master hits Vail Market

Daily Staff Report
Vail CO, Colorado

VAIL, Colorado ” Vibraphone master Rick Weingarten and his trio return to Vail Sunday to play the Vail Jazz Festival tent at the farmers’ market on Meadow Drive.




“We love playing Vail,” Weingarten said. “We’ve been at the market for three years now and have done other gigs in the village, and the folks who come out seem to really dig our sound.”

Their sound is very much defined by Weingarten’s vibraphone. What is a vibraphone?

“A vibraphone is similar to a xylophone but the notes you strike (bars) are made of metal and not wood,” Weingarten said. “Inside of the resonating tubes are fans that vibrate, resulting in a vibrato sound.”

Performing with Weingarten, who covers vibes, vocals, and percussion, will be Scott Mattson on drums and Billy Ray Stephens on keyboards. The trio enjoys playing a wide range of jazz styles including the music of Benny Goodman, Kenny Barron, Wayne Shorter, Louis Armstrong, John Coltrane, and James Brown, as well as original compositions.

The trio represents three quarters of the Good Vibes Quartet, which since its inception in 1992 has played at The Westcliffe Jazz Festival, The Taste of Colorado and The Boulder Creek Festival. The group has also recorded two CDs, and has opened for The Maynard Ferguson Big Band and The Don Byron Group.

The Vail Jazz Foundation presents blues, standards, vocals and straight ahead jazz to the Vail Farmers’ Market from noon to 3:30 p.m. through Aug. 24.

The Vail Jazz Foundation is a nonprofit organization celebrating 14 years of providing jazz music and education programs in the Vail Valley.

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