07/01/2013
Launching fireworks of a whole new variety, internationally touted vocalist and saxophonist Curtis Stigers and New York blues phenom SaRon Crenshaw open the Vail Jazz Festival's 2013 Jazz @ Vail Square season with a two-hour tribute to “The Red, White and The Blues.”

Needless, to say, the latter color represents Crenshaw’s specialty. When asked about details of what the audience should expect from his performance, he simply says, “something they’ve never seen or heard.”

As far as “jazz” goes, neither Crenshaw nor Stigers are traditional representatives of the genre. Stigers, who melted the vast audience at Ford Amphitheater last year with his epic performance, has made a name for himself as not only a jazz vocalist but also as a saxophonist, guitarist and songwriter. The eclectic gamut of big names with whom he’s performed and recorded also speaks to his versatility: Prince, Eric Clapton, The Allman Brothers, Bonnie Raitt and Rod Stewart to name just a few.

You also may recognize his music from the theme song and soundtrack of the hit TV series “Sons of Anarchy,” and also from his 10th studio album – “Let’s Go Out Tonight” featuring songs by Bob Dylan, Steve Earle, David Poe and Richard Thompson.

“I’ve keep poking my foot through the side of the box,” Stigers says of his genre-straddling talent.

For Crenshaw, whose career has just begun to blossom, the “blues” moniker has been the one he’s heard the most, and to prove it, his guitar is adorned with a signature from the king of blues himself … B.B. King, that is. The Independence Day show will mark Crenshaw's first ever performance in Vail.

Stigers has performed in Vail several times over the last 20 years, is excited to return with his band, long-time collaborators, Matthew Fries (piano), Keith Hall (drums), Cliff Schmitt (bass), and John "Scrapper" Sneider (trumpet).
For the July 4 show, Stigers will focus on the influence Blues Music has had on his recordings and his sound.  
"I always look forward to returning to Vail to play music and to visit the many friends I've made here over the years,” Stigers says.  "I love this town!"

The Jazz Tent at Vail Square heats up at 6 p.m. with SaRon Crenshaw, followed by Curtis Stigers after the 6:45 intermission.
 
INFO:
 
What: Jazz @ Vail Square Tribute to “Red, White and The Blues” with Curtis Stigers and SaRon Crenshaw
 
When: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 4 (finishing in plenty of time to catch the fireworks!)
 
Where: The Jazz Tent at Vail Square, Lionshead
 
Tickets: $20 for preferred seating, $25 day of the show; General Admission is FREE on a first come basis.   888-VAIL-JAM, Vailjazz.org

Vail, Colo. is universally held as North America’s top year-round destination mountain resort and has become a cosmopolitan community with visitors from all over the world. Founded in December 1962, Vail marked its 50th anniversary this winter as the new home of the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships. Also home to world Alpine ski racing champion Lindsey Vonn, the legendary Back Bowls of Vail Mountain, and in 2015 Vail will host its third World Alpine Ski Championships. Matching the incredible winter mountain experience, Vail from May through October is characterized by a rich culinary scene, a world-class events schedule from adventure sports to classical and Jazz, family activities and everything in between. Leading this lineup is the Vail Jazz Festival, Bravo! Vail Music Festival, the Vail International Dance Festival, America’s greatest bicycle race, the USA Pro Challenge, and the legendary Gourmet on Gore culinary festival and Vail Jazz Party capping off the summer season. Vail also offers exceptional lodging from high-end luxury hotels to practical condominiums and vacation rentals. Getting to Vail is easy via Denver International Airport and close by Eagle Airport, America’s fourth busiest regional airport with non-stop service from nine major U.S. cities including the new Houston flight, and connections from around the globe. Once here, Vail proudly offers the largest free public transportation system in North America. The Vail consumer website is www.vail.com, and the Town of Vail website is www.vailgov.com.
 
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Shauna Farnell
Vail Jazz Festival
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shauna@shaunafarnell.com
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