03/10/2017
Vail Jazz is proud to announce the star-studded lineup for this summer's popular Thursday night Vail Jazz @ Vail Square series! This year will feature an exciting blend of jazz genres: simmering blues, swinging gypsy jazz, soulful vocalists, sizzling Latin jazz, and so much more!

In addition to a spectacular lineup of world-famous jazz artists, we are thrilled to announce a variety of ticketing and venue improvements that will allow you to enjoy the shows with even more comfort and flexibility:

For the first time ever - assigned seating in the Vail Square tent!
New this year, attendees will be able to select their seats online, choosing between a Premium Ticket for $50 or a Preferred Ticket for $40. General Admission seating remains first come, first seated.

Comfortable, cushioned and roomy seating!
You asked, and we listened: this year we are introducing a new Premium Seating section that features luxurious, cushioned chairs with extra room between seats.

Book early and save!
The 4-pack subscription allows attendees to purchase their tickets with significant savings! Only available through July 6th, the 4-pack subscription will be offered at the Premium Ticket level for $160 (20% discount) and at the Preferred Ticket level for $135 (15% discount).
 Tickets for all 32rd Annual Vail Jazz Festival
performances go on sale May 1st.

JULY 6 | MARCIA BALL
The simple mention of a Louisiana or Texas roadhouse conjures up images of a crowded dancehall filled wall-to-wall with rabid music fans rocking to a hotter-than-hot band playing a smoldering blend of swampy R+B, jumping blues and heart-wrenching ballads. Pianist/vocalist/songwriter Marcia Ball brings that spirit to every concert she plays. Her music is mixed with equal parts simmering soul fervor and two-fisted piano pounding, featuring rollicking roadhouse rave-ups and soulful Gulf Coast R+B.
JULY 13 | BUTLER, BERNSTEIN + THE HOT 9
Butler, Bernstein + the Hot 9 is an artistic collaboration destined to happen. Master musician, pianist and vocalist Henry Butler tells stories through the rise, swing, and rumble of his fingers as they channel sounds as diverse as his Louisiana birthplace: jazz, Caribbean, classical, pop, blues and R+B, among others. The combination of Butler with trumpeter/maestro Steven Bernstein and the fiery unit he calls the Hot 9 uses a traditional New Orleans palate as their launching point, exploring everything from early 20th century blues to thoughtful and captivating improvisations.

JULY 20 | FRANK VIGNOLA'S HOT CLUB OF FRANCE TRIBUTE BAND
Few jazz legends have a more exotic mystique than Django Reinhardt, the four fingered Belgian-born gypsy guitarist and banjo player who led the legendary Parisian ensemble known as the Quintet of the Hot Club of France in the 1930's and 40's. Out of their sizzling, infectious, and swinging style, the musical genre known as "gypsy jazz" was born. An international quintet led by virtuoso guitarist Frank Vignola will bring the smoking hot gypsy jazz style to life in this exhilarating performance.

JULY 27 | ELLA AND LOUIS TOGETHER AGAIN-FEATURING CARMEN BRADFORD AND BYRON STRIPLING
Join Vail Jazz as we celebrate Ella Fitzgerald's 100th birthday by re-creating one of the most iconic pairings in jazz history: Lady Ella and legendary trumpeter and vocalist, Louis Armstrong. With the passion and swagger of Satchmo himself, Byron Stripling's phenomenal trumpet playing and vocals are complemented by Count Basie Big Band singer Carmen Bradford.
 
AUGUST 3 | RENE MARIE + EXPERIMENT IN TRUTH
René Marie's is the sort of voice which first comes to mind when someone asks for a jazz singer - big and expressive, at home in classic swinging settings and comfortable in crowds. There's plenty to set her apart, though. She made her first recording in her early 40s, borrowing various elements of folk, R+B, and classical to create a captivating hybrid style.

AUGUST 10 | ¡CUBANISMO!
¡Cubanismo! is a musical journey set to the irresistible dancing heartbeat of Cuban music. This sizzling 11-piece band, featuring two vocalists, takes listeners through the classic repertoire of the great Cuban rhythms. From Cuban classics and jazz to Mardi Gras and mambo, the band delivers horns driving the arrangements and various percussion anchoring the pulse.

AUGUST 17 | ELIANE ELIAS: SAMBA BRAZIL
The Grammy-winning Brazilian pianist and vocalist returns to Vail with a musical program celebrating the intoxicating, high-energy Brazilian rhythm called samba. Elias is known for her distinctive and immediately recognizable musical style which blends her Brazilian roots, her sensuous, alluring voice with her impressive instrumental jazz, classical and compositional skills.
 
AUGUST 24 | JOEY DEFRANCESCO + THE PEOPLE
Joey DeFrancesco is often credited with the resurgence of the Hammond organ in jazz in the '80s. It's no wonder he is referred to simply as "the master" of the B-3 organ. Loved by musicians, critics, and audiences, he has won the DownBeat Critics Poll nine times and has won the Readers Poll every year since 2005. He throws down like very few can, but is also an energetic showman with an infectious playfulness that keeps the mood light and effortlessly social.
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