(Vail, CO) –The Vail Jazz Festival announced today the full lineup of jazz artists for the 18th installment of the Labor Day Weekend Vail Jazz Party taking place Thursday, August 30 through Monday, September 3, 2012. The Vail Jazz Party marks the culmination of the Vail Jazz Festival that gets underway in June.  

The Vail Jazz Party, an annual celebration of jazz, features more than 30 hours of music performed over five days at unique venues throughout Lionshead in Vail.  The Festival features veteran performers including Jeff Hamilton, Houston Person, Niki Haris, Bill Cunliffe and Lewis Nash as well as young emerging artists including Cyrille Aimee, Diego Figuerido and former Vail Jazz Workshop students, now working professionally – Justin Kauflin, Joe Sanders and Corey Fonville.

The Vail Jazz Party kicks off on Thursday night, August 30 with the Clayton Brothers Sextet and their students, the Vail Jazz All-Stars, as the wrap up performance in the summer-long Jazz @ Vail Square series at The Arrabelle. The weekend concludes with a final Monday afternoon session on September 3 featuring such jazz greats as Byron Stripling, Wycliffe Gordon, Bennie Green and Bobby Floyd. Throughout the weekend, more than 30 performers will jam together in a unique jazz party format and each performer will be featured in numerous shows.

Between Thursday and Monday, many of the country’s most prolific jazz ensembles and soloists perform jazz sessions morning, noon and night, with many sets going into the weeearly morning hours of the morning.  The Vail Jazz Party includes eight sessions (each with 4-5 sets), and features six Special Performances which have become Festival signatures.  The Special Performances include: Multi-Media Tributes to Dave Brubeck, Ray Brown and Dizzy Gillespie; Jazz in Depth educational and music series that focuses on Wycliffe Gordon’s The History of the Trombone, Bobby Floyd's Keys to the B-3 Organ and a Gospel Prayer Meeting.

The complete lineup of artists and performances for the Labor Day Weekend Vail Jazz Party may be found online at www.vailjazz.org. Tickets for the Vail Jazz Party are individually priced from $50 for daytime performances and $65 for evening performances if purchased before August 1.  The popular $385 Patron Pass includes preferred seating entry to all performances during the weekend, plus an exclusive dinner with the artists. Transportation and lodging discounts are available for Festival attendees.

Vail Jazz Festival: Beginning Sunday, June 24 residents and guests of Vail can enjoy jazz music of all genres of jazz in and around Vail Village and Lionshead with Jazz @ The Market, Jazz @ Kelly Liken, Jazz @ Vail Square and three Jazz After jam sessions following select performances of the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival. The Vail Jazz Festival has grown to become the largest festival of its kind in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. With 40 performances on tap, the Festival features a variety of jazz genres from straight-ahead and new-bop, to Latin, swing and the Great American Songbook.  A complete lineup of ticketed and free events is available at www.vailjazz.org.

The Vail Jazz Festival is presented by the Vail Jazz Foundation a 501(c)3 charitable foundation dedicated to the perpetuation of jazz through performances and education, with a focus on young musicians and young audiences. The Vail Jazz Festival is sponsored by Alpine Bank, Colorado Creative Industries, Colorado Mountain Express – Official Transportation Provider, Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Fund, Lionshead Summer, National Endowment for the Arts, New Amsterdam Vodka, Ravenscroft Pianos, The Jazz Cruise, Town of Vail, William Hill Vineyards and Woods & Son/Yamaha Pianos.



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

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