Vail, CO - The Vail Jazz Festival welcomes the U.S. Air Force band, The Falconaires with special guest trumpeter Al Hood to perform Jazz @ Vail Square on Thursday, July 26 at 6 p.m.

The Falconaires are one of the U.S. Air Force’s two premier jazz ensembles and have been bringing the sounds of big band jazz to national audiences for more than 50 years. The group is comprised of 18 full-time musicians performing traditional and contemporary jazz, patriotic tunes and American standards. “Falc” members have been a driving force in jazz across the country and internationally, cultivating our national heritage through its indigenous musical genre, jazz.

Joining The Falconaires this is week is well-known jazz trumpeter, Al Hood. With more than 30 years of experience, Hood has appeared with the orchestras of Woody Herman, Glenn Miller and appeared on stage with Ray Charles, Doc Severinsen and Natalie Cole, to name a few. This week’s performance is one for the books.

Jazz @ Vail Square concerts start at 6 p.m. in the Jazz Tent at The Arrabelle in Lionshead. Tickets for preferred seating at the front of the tent are $20 and guarantee concertgoers a spot for the entirety of the performance. Free general admission seating at the back of tent is also available on a first-come, first-served basis. A $99 Jazz Pass is offered with preferred seating for the remaining six performances.

Jazz @ Vail Square Remaining Shows:
7/26: The Falconaires with Al Hood, Big Band American Classics
8/2: Hot Tomatoes Swing Band and Dance, Swinging Big Band Hits from the Past
8/9: Tommy Igoe Sextet, Burning Jazz with Contemporary Twist
8/16: Miche Braden & The Kenny Walker Quartet, Blues and Soul like never before
8/23: Junior Mance Trio, Legendary Jazz Pianist
8/30: Clayton Brothers Sextet & Vail Jazz All-Stars, Jazz Masters and the Next Generation

For more information about the summer-long Vail Jazz Festival and the culminating Labor Day Vail Jazz Party, call 888-VAIL-JAM (888-824-5526) or visit www.vailjazz.org. The Vail Jazz Festival is presented by the Vail Jazz Foundation.

If you go:
What: Jazz @ Vail Square: The Falconaires with Al Hood
Where: Jazz Tent at The Arrabelle, Lionshead
When: Thursday, July 24 6 p.m.
Cost: Free/$20

Info: 888-VAIL-JAM (888-824-5526) or www.vailjazz.org


 Media Contact: Shelley Woodworth, shelley@onyxandcompany.com, 970.331.4802

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