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Welcome to the 10th Anniversary of the Vail Jazz Festival

What began as a “party weekend” almost a decade ago has quickly evolved into something else – a full time commitment to support the music we love JAZZ. But I certainly never planned it that way. In fact, I remember thinking, “what the hell, it will be fun to throw a jazz party and besides how much can one weekend cost anyway?” Boy, did I underestimate! We certainly have had a great deal of fun along the way, but most importantly over the past decade, weve made a major contribution to preserving jazz, while nurturing future generations of players and listeners through the presentation of the Vail Jazz Festival, our educational programs, the Vail Jazz Workshop and Jazz Goes to School. Were especially pleased to present this summer 16 free Jazz @ the Market performances in the heart of Vail Village on Saturdays and Sundays. This extremely popular series has been expanded this year and will showcase the talents of many Denver and local artists performing the Blues, Latin, Dixieland, Gospel and Mainstream Jazz styles. The Festival will culminate with the highly acclaimed Labor Day Weekend Party, featuring over 24 hours of concerts, September 3-6, 2004 at the Vail Cascade Resort & Spa. This years Party will continue the tradition of presenting an extraordinary lineup of great musicians living legends and the young lions on the jazz scene today in a unique format that is truly a “party.” In order to celebrate this very special anniversary year, the Party will include a Saturday evening Dinner, Dance and Show and a Sunday evening saluting the music and life of the great Billy Strayhorn with rare film clips of Billy, Duke Ellington and his orchestra shown between sets. In addition, to highlight the accomplishments of our past Workshop students, five of them will return to Vail to be featured at the Party as the VJF Alumni Band. As John Clayton, the VJFs Director of Education, has told all past Workshop participants, theyre joining the VJF family when they come to study in Vail and its extremely rewarding for us to have played a small part in the nurturing of these very talented and dedicated young musicians and to welcome them home. We could not have succeeded without the dedication and hard work of so many people, from the Workshop clinicians John, Jeff, Bill, Terell and Lewis to our Board of Directors, staff and volunteers who, together, make what we do possible. And of course were deeply indebted to our generous donors and sponsors for their financial support. To everyone who has helped us pursue our dream, a heartfelt thank-you.Enjoy the jazz and all that Vail has to offer.Very truly yours,Howard L. Stone, Chairman