February 14, 2012 – Vail, Colorado – The Vail Jazz Festival expands this year, with new events in addition to favorites featuring national jazz artists playing in spectacular outdoor and intimate indoor venues this summer, marking the 18th annual festival for the Vail Jazz Foundation.
“We always strive to bring the very best of jazz to Vail – whether for our free concerts or for the Labor Day Weekend Party,” said Howard Stone, chairman and artistic director of the Vail Jazz Foundation, which presents the Vail Jazz Festival. “We can promise some of the finest jazz available today, and in this naturally magnificent rocky mountain setting, it just doesn’t get much better,” continued Stone.
JAZZ AT VAIL SQUARE: FREE CONCERTS ON THURSDAYS, 6-8 PM, JULY 5 THROUGH AUGUST 30
Jazz at Vail Square concert series returns each Thursday evening from 6 – 8 p.m. from July 5 – August 30. Comprised of nine shows presented in the Vail Jazz Tent in Lionshead outside the Arrabelle at Vail Square, the series reflects the diversity, energy, and musical creativity that define jazz. “Our goal is to introduce different genres of jazz on Thursday nights,” commented Robin Litt, Executive Director of the Vail Jazz Foundation. “Whether it is Latin Jazz, Swing, American Songbook or Bebop, we bring it all to Vail Square,” Thursday Jazz at Vail Square talent is being finalized for this summer, but be certain that the artistic integrity will be of foremost importance. Groups will include The Brubeck Brothers, Marcia Ball, Cuban sensation Wil Campa y su Grand Union, the Air Force Falconaires and more. NEW this year, due to the overwhelming popularity of the series, guests purchase preferred seats for $20 per show or purchase a season pass for only $99. These seats guarantee guests premier seating at the front of the tent. Free seating remains in the rest of the tent, available on a first-come, first served basis.
JAZZ AT THE VAIL FARMERS’ MARKET: SUNDAYS JUNE 24 THROUGH AUGUST 26
Jazz continues each Sunday beginning June 24 at the Vail Farmers’ Market. Featuring regional and national artists performing in trios to large ensembles, each concert celebrates the joy of improvisation, the cornerstone of jazz. For ten Sundays, jazz will be played from noon – 3pm in the Jazz Tent at Solaris on the green. Talent will be announced soon.
NEW! JAZZ AT RESTAURANT KELLY LIKEN JUNE 24 THROUGH AUGUST 26
In partnership with restaurant Kelly Liken, jazz on Sundays continues into the night! Each Sunday night from 8:30 – 11 p.m., local jazz great, Tony Gulizia, will be joined by a special jazz guest. Paired with Kelly Liken’s Harvest menu and hand crafted cocktails, guests can enjoy Gulizia and a guest artist each week. “Our menu is based on the amazing produce from the local Vail Farmers Market and our partners across the state. Over the past few years, Sunday Night Harvest Dinners have become a locals’ favorite place to be; the dining room is always filled with guests who we know well. We are excited for our new partnership with the Vail Jazz Festival, which will add so much to the amazing nights Tony has been creating with us for years.”
NEW! JOINT CONCERT WITH BRAVO! VAIL VALLEY MUSIC FESTIVAL On July 2, 2012, the Vail Jazz Festival celebrates “Swingin’ with Curtis Stigers” its first joint concert with Bravo! at the Ford Amphitheater Guests will be treated to a pops concert featuring legendary jazz vocalist, Curtis Stigers and guest pops conductor Jeff Tyzik with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. “With all of the synergy between classical and jazz music, we are thrilled to have the opportunity to work directly with the Dallas Symphony and Bravo!,” muses Stone.
VAIL JAZZ PARTY: LABOR DAY WEEKEND AUGUST 30 – SEPTEMBER 3
The Vail Jazz Festival culminates with a unique mix of the finest jazz musicians on the planet in a one of a kind format that has lived up to its title: The Vail Labor Day Weekend Jazz Party. Whether group performances, multi-artist jam sessions, or the inspiring tributes to jazz legends, the Weekend has a unique party spirit that attracts musicians and jazz lover from all over the world. The Vail Jazz Party offers over 24 hours of the world’s finest jazz, morning, noon and night, both in the Vail Marriott Grand Ballroom and in the Jazz Tent at Vail Square. “This year’s lineup of musicians is truly awe inspiring. Nowhere else but the Vail Jazz Festival will you witness a gathering of tremendous jazz artists in such a casual and intimate setting.” says Stone, who is the Artistic Director for the Festival.
Tickets, Passes and More Information
Tickets, passes, or gift certificates to the Labor Day Jazz Party can be purchased through the Vail Jazz Foundation at 970-479-6146, or 888-VAILJAM (824-5526). Online tickets will soon be available for purchase at www.vailjazz.org. Guests of the Festival can enjoy lodging discounts at the headquarters hotel, the Vail Marriott Resort & Spa. Lodge rooms start at only $109/night for festival attendees.
About the Vail Jazz Foundation
The Vail Jazz Foundation (VJF)’s mission is to perpetuate jazz music through live performances that showcase the artistry and talent of great jazz musicians, and through jazz education, with a focus on young musicians and young audiences. By taking jazz into the schools, the VJF hopes to create an awareness at a younger level, thus creating future audiences and potentially, future jazz musicians. The VJF is a 501 c 3 non-profit organization that is funded by private and corporate donations as well as grants, and is based in Vail, Colorado.
Brought to you by:
Sponsors of the Vail Jazz Foundation include the Town of Vail, The Jazz Cruise, Alpine Bank, Alpine Party Rentals, The Arrabelle, Colorado Mountain Express, Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation, Hertz, Restaurant Kelly Liken, United Way Eagle River Valley, Vail Daily, and Vail Resorts in addition to many individual donors.
For more information, contact:
The Vail Jazz Foundation
P.O. Box 3035, Vail, CO 81658
Contact: Robin Litt, firstname.lastname@example.org, (970) 479-6146