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letter from the executive team Welcome to the 23rd Annual Vail Jazz Festival! Our organization was born of a passion for both an art form and a culture. Jazz is an American original—simultaneously cerebral and visceral, spanning geography and socioeconomics, race and heritage, age and education—it speaks to us all. In 1917, the first “jazz” record was released featuring the Original Dixieland Jass Band, establishing New Orleans as the epicenter of the genre. One hundred years later, jazz music is celebrated from coast to coast and around the world; it has defined cultures and catalyzed movements and, true to its roots, it continues to bring joy to audiences and artists alike. In 2017, the Vail Jazz Foundation presents a festival representative of this evolution, and educational programs that invite the next generations of jazzers into this rich tradition. The pages that follow are more than just a guide to the entertainment at your fingertips this summer, they are a testament to the jazz community at large—the world-class performers, spectacular venues, local and national businesses, dedicated donors, year-round and seasonal staff and you—that believes that great art deserves an audience, and that entertainment and education are not mutually exclusive. This summer, performers from 20 states and 10 countries (with over 40 Grammy® nominations and 7 wins) will grace stages throughout the Vail Valley delivering music that ranges from solo piano to big band standards, from Texas roadhouse romps to Brazilian samba and from sweaty soul music to Parisian gypsy jazz. More than 70 performances in 12 weeks will transport listeners from the majestic mountains of Vail to the streets of Cuba, São Paolo, New Orleans and beyond. These artists are not only world-class musicians but also dedicated educators, investing their wealth of knowledge, experience and acumen to ensure a vibrant future for jazz. The majority of the Festival performers are renowned educators around the world, and seven of them are a part of Vail Jazz! John and Jeff Clayton, Terell Stafford, Wycliffe Gordon, Bill Cunliffe and Lewis Nash comprise the esteemed faculty of the Vail Jazz Workshop {PG 66}, a program that boasts Grammy winners and career educators among the 250 alumni from its 22 year history, and local legend and internationally touring artist Tony Gulizia is entering his 20th year at the helm of Vail Jazz Goes To School {PG 70}, which delivers musical and cultural jazz education to every 4th and 5th grader in Eagle County. In recognition of the efforts of the faculty, staff and volunteers that contribute to these programs (along with Jammin’ Jazz Kids {PG 72}), we are honored to receive one of the most prestigious award in jazz education this year: The DownBeat Magazine Jazz Education Achievement Award {PG 69}. It is our pleasure to present the 23rd Annual Vail Jazz Festival, with musical and educational opportunities for the young and young-at-heart, locals and visitors, jazz enthusiasts and newcomers alike. Happy summer,

Howard Stone Founder and Artistic Director

James Kenly Owen Hutchinson Christin Maguire Operations Director Development Director Marketing Director

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23rd Annual Vail Jazz Festival


about vail jazz Vail Jazz is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Vail, Colorado, that perpetuates jazz music through live performances and jazz education, with a focus on young musicians and young audiences. Every summer Vail Jazz puts on the 12-week Vail Jazz Festival, comprising six distinct performance series, an annual gala, and three signature educational programs. Each year the Vail Jazz Festival averages around 70 performances and brings in over 200 premier jazz artists, and its educational programs reach 1,400 students annually. Every winter Vail Jazz puts on the Vail Jazz Winter Series, which focuses on intimate gatherings and in-home soirées.

board of directors Howard L. Stone {CHAIRMAN}

Catherine A. Stone {SECRETARY/TREASURER}

Michael S. Brown John Clayton, Jr. Dick Cleveland Garret Davies John Dawsey James G. Dulin

Robert E. Ford Fred W. Frailey Jenelle S. Krissel Laine Lapin Andy Littman Carolyn Pope Leslie W. Stern Larry S. Stewart William W. Verity Glen Wood

advisory board

Paul S. Bates Bob Cohen Allie R. Coppeak Dr. Willie Hill, Jr. Mike Peak

William Pierce Alan Tanenbaum Gary J.E. Thornton Linda Wilson

vail jazz staff Howard Stone

Mathew Dickey

James Kenly

Arzu Basyildiz

Owen Hutchinson

Brittney Wong

Christin Maguire

Annie Kuhn

{FOUNDER + ARTISTIC DIRECTOR} {OPERATIONS DIRECTOR}

{DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR} {MARKETING DIRECTOR}

Jennifer Lucas

{OPS + ARTIST RELATIONS MANAGER}

festival artwork / program + website design Christin Maguire graphic designer Katerina Leslie public relations + social media Shauna Farnell director of education: vail jazz workshop John Clayton

{PRODUCTION MANAGER} {COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT + OFFICE COORD.} {DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR} {PHOTO/VIDEO INTERN}

Connor Williams

{OPERATIONS INTERN}

photography Jack Affleck, Ben Koelker, Zach Mahone videography Ben Dodd, Stephen Fort program contributing editor Austin Wing Mayer director of vail jazz goes to school Tony Gulizia

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CONVERGENCE OF “ANATURAL BEAUTY AND JAZZ MASTERY ” page 34

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LETTER FROM THE EXECUTIVE TEAM

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VAIL JAZZ BOARD + STAFF

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VENUE MAPS

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TICKET INFORMATION

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VAIL JAZZ CLUB SERIES

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VAIL JAZZ @ VAIL SQUARE

Under the iconic Jazz Tent in Lionshead, sample the spectrum of world-class jazz served up by international superstars.

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Imagine your favorite NYC jazz club, and add the rustic Rocky Mountain charm of Vail Village, with the stunning dining experience of Ludwig’s Terrace at the Sonnenalp Hotel.

VAIL JAZZ GALA

“From Bridge Street to Bourbon Street” is the signature fundraising event for Vail Jazz educational programs, combining an auction with exquisite dining and a soulful performance.

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STIGERS SINGS SINATRA

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VAIL JAZZ PARTY

Curtis Stigers & the H2 Big Band deliver the Sinatra Songbook in a venue that even Frank would applaud. The grand finale of the Vail Jazz Festival, this five day event features a jam-packed lineup with over 35 hours of music!

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SUMMER SCHEDULE

See all of the 70+ events that comprise the 23rd Annual Vail Jazz Festival on a calendar.

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“PARTY ON” AT THE VAIL CHOPHOUSE

The party continues every Thursday night following Vail Jazz @ Vail Square, with delicious food and toe tappin’ music.

VAIL JAZZ @ RIVERWALK

Brings the down-valley community together on Friday evenings to enjoy live music paired with tasty fare and beverages.


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VAIL JAZZ @ THE MARKET

This series brings sounds from all over the world to Vail’s famous Sunday Farmers’ Market.

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VAIL JAZZ WORKSHOP

Twelve of the country’s most dedicated, gifted and promising young jazz musicians come to Vail for ten days to work with world-class instructors.

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Interdisciplinary jazz education for every 4th and 5th grade classroom in Eagle County.

JAMMIN’ JAZZ KIDS

DONORS

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SPONSORS

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THE STORY OF THE JAZZ PARTY

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DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE HONORS VAIL JAZZ

An engaging and fun learning experience for youngsters at the Vail Farmers’ Market.

CO HIGH SCHOOL BAND SHOWCASE

WAYS TO SUPPORT

Your contribution directly allows Vail Jazz to share jazz with the next generation of musicians, listeners and enthusiasts.

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VAIL JAZZ GOES TO SCHOOL

High school student jazz bands from the Denver area perform at the Vail Farmers’ Market.

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VAIL JAZZ @ THE REMEDY

The Remedy Bar combines exceptional cocktails, artisinal eats and great jazz on Sunday nights.

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Learn more about the event that started it all, from the days of Dick Gibson to Howard Stone’s Vail Jazz Party.

Howard Stone has been awarded the 2017 Education Achievement Award for his tireless efforts in propagating jazz education.

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THE SHAPE OF JAZZ TO COME

Vail Jazz Workshop Director Wing Mayer looks back on 15 years of fostering jazz’s future.

VAIL JAZZ FACULTY

The renowned and dedicated educators that deliver our award-winning programs.

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venue maps VAIL JAZZ @ THE MARKET {PG 56} JAMMIN’ JAZZ KIDS + CO HIGH SCHOOL BANDS {PG 72} Solaris Plaza | 141 E. Meadow Drive

VAIL JAZZ CLUB SERIES {PG 24}

Ludwig’s Terrace, Sonnenalp Hotel | 20 Vail Road

GALA: FROM BRIDGE STREET TO BOURBON STREET {PG 30} The Sebastian - Vail | 16 Vail Road

VAIL JAZZ @ THE REMEDY {PG 60} Four Seasons Resort | 1 Vail Road

VAIL JAZZ @ VAIL SQUARE {PG 26} NIKI HARIS’ GOSPEL PRAYER MEETIN’ {PG 34} VAIL JAZZ PARTY OPENING SESSION {PG 34} VAIL JAZZ PARTY AFTERNOON SESSIONS {PG 34} Jazz Tent at Vail Square, Arrabelle | 675 Lionshead Place

“PARTY ON” AT THE CHOPHOUSE {PG 29} Vail Chophouse | 675 Lionshead Place

VAIL JAZZ PARTY EVENING SESSIONS {PG 34} Grand Ballroom, Vail Marriott | 715 W. Lionshead Circle

VAIL JAZZ PARTY LATE NIGHT JAMS {PG 34}

Wing’s Place, First Chair Café on 2nd floor, Vail Marriott | 715 W. Lionshead Circle

VAIL JAZZ PARTY PATRON RECEPTION The Lion | 701 W. Lionshead Circle

STIGERS SINGS SINATRA {PG 33}

The Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch | 0130 Daybreak Ridge Road, Avon

VAIL JAZZ @ RIVERWALK {PG 51}

Riverwalk Backyard Amphitheater | 175 Main Street, Edwards

For information about each event/series, view the referenced page. For ticket information view pages 16-17. To see all events on a calendar, view pages 48-49. vailjazz.org

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ticket info vail jazz @ vail square {pg. 26} The Jazz Tent, situated in the heart of Lionshead, features theater-style reserved and general admission seating. Performances include two 50-minute sets with a brief intermission. Doors open 30 minutes prior to the performance. GENERAL ADMISSION $25

Ticket includes entry to general admission section (first come, first seated).

PREFERRED SEATING $40

Ticket includes reserved seat in the preferred section, mid-tent.

PREMIUM SEATING $50

Ticket includes reserved seat in the premium section, at the front of the tent, featuring padded banquet seats and additional spacing.

vail jazz club series {pg. 24} Performances comprise two seatings, each includes one 60-minute set. Doors open 30 minutes prior to the performance. GENERAL ADMISSION $40

Ticket includes entry to general admission. Seating is first come first seated at shared tables. Full dinner service is available at both seatings, at an additional charge.

vail jazz gala {pg. 30} Ticket includes cocktail hour, three-course dinner, and a stunning performance at The Sebastian Vail. INDIVIDUAL TICKET $250

Ticket includes seating at a table of ten.

TABLE $2,500

Reserved table for ten.

PREMIUM TABLE $3,000

Limited availability, includes premier table placement for ten with a special gift.

curtis stigers + the h2 big band: a tribute to frank sinatra {pg. 33} At the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch Ballroom, with a generous dance floor and cash bar. INDIVIDUAL TICKET $60

Ticket includes seating at a table of eight.

VIP TABLE $800

Reserved table for eight, includes reserved premium location, table service and pre-show champagne toast with Curtis Stigers.

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vail jazz party {pg. 34} Venues feature theater-style seating. Doors open 30 minutes prior to the start of performance for pass holders; 15 minutes prior for ticket holders. OPENING SESSION $55

Ticket includes entry to the opening session on Thursday evening, consisting of three sets of music.

DOCUMENTARY SCREENING $20

Ticket includes entry to the screening on Friday afternoon of the documentary film Buddy Rich—Jazz Legend, followed by a Q+A with drummer Jeff Hamilton.

NIKI HARIS' GOSPEL PRAYER MEETIN’ $75

Ticket includes entry to the Gospel Prayer Meetin’ on Sunday morning. Ticket does not include entry to Sunday afternoon session.

AFTERNOON SESSION $55

Ticket includes general admission entry to an afternoon session, consisting of multiple sets of music performed by different ensembles of headliners.

EVENING SESSION $75

Ticket includes general admission entry to an evening session, consisting of multiple sets of music performed by different ensembles of headliners. Ticket includes entry to that evening’s Late Night Jam Session.

PERFORMANCE PASS $375* A no-frills pass that provides early entry to all sessions throughout the weekend including the documentary screening. *Performance Pass increases to $400 on August 25th.

PATRON PASS $450*

An all-inclusive pass that provides early entry to all sessions throughout the weekend including the documentary screening, the Opening Night Reception on Thursday (8/31) and dinner with the artists on Saturday evening (9/2). *Patron Pass increases to $475 on August 25th.

terms + conditions · Ticket prices increase the day of event. · All tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable. · All ticket purchases are subject to a $2 service fee. Credit card purchases incur an additional 5% processing fee. · Will Call tickets are assessed an additional $1 fee (per ticket). Will Call opens one hour prior to show time at the venue. · Tickets can be purchased at the venue, space permitting. The Box Office opens one hour prior to show time at the venue. · All performances go on rain or shine. Inclement weather is not cause for a refund unless the performance is cancelled. · All artists are subject to cancellation. Tickets will not be refunded if artists change.

performance etiquette · Please turn off cell phones, pagers, etc. prior to entering the venue. · Flash photography is strictly prohibited at all Vail Jazz performances. · The recording of any performance (audio or video) is strictly prohibited. · Out of respect for the artists and members of the audience, please restrict conversations during performances. · Please refrain from saving more than one seat for a friend or companion.

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There’s a reason the prototypical jazz club is small, intimate, and a great place to sip a martini and chat between sets. In a small club, the palpable rapport—among players and patrons alike—creates musical synergy not always possible in larger venues. Ludwig’s Terrace in the luxurious Sonnenalp Hotel in Vail Village offers the perfect combination of intimacy, tempting dining and cocktails, and amazing entertainment. Outfitted as an elegant jazz club, the solarium offers great sightlines and acoustics for unforgettable musical evenings, replete with enticing dinner options, generous libations and enthusiastic, attentive audiences. It’s the perfect spot to experience world-class performances in an exclusive setting!

what you need to know DATE

Wednesdays July 12th - August 9th

TIME

First seating: doors open 6:00 PM, music starts 6:30 PM Second seating: doors open 8:30 PM, music starts 9:00 PM

TICKETS

$40 each seating {see ticket info on pg. 16}

VENUE

Ludwig’s Terrace, Sonnenalp Hotel {see map on pg. 14}

PARKING / ACCESS

Limited complimentary valet parking available. Free parking available at the Vail Village parking structure.

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henry butler

JULY 12

Considered the premier exporter of the great New Orleans jazz and blues piano tradition, Henry credits his “sound” to a plethora of influences including the streets, his colorful mentors, his education and his willingness to take risks and explore musical boundaries. With an energetic, percussive keyboard attack, and a classically trained voice, he’s an exceptionally gifted tour guide through the realms of jazz, Caribbean, classical, pop, blues and R&B styles.

hot club of france tribute band

JULY 19

Few jazz legends have a more exotic mystique than Django Reinhardt, the three 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 accordionist, Julien Labro will bring the smoking hot gypsy jazz style to life in this exhilarating performance.

ella + louis together again—feat. carmen bradford and byron stripling JULY 26 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.

rené marie + experiment in truth

AUG. 2

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.

exploring afro-cuban jazz

AUG. 9

This program is presented in partnership with The Vail Symposium. Cuban music has defined, and possibly helped to preserve, an isolated culture, ultimately influencing a global landscape of music. Dr. Michael Davison, a celebrated educator and performer, will contextualize this rich musical tradition through an era-by-era demonstration, with the help of members of ¡Cubanismo!, sampling danzon, son, cha cha cha, mambo and salsa. The presentation will conclude with energetic ensemble playing that synthesizes all the possibilities of Cuban music. vailjazz.org

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Eight summer nights. Eight fairytale settings. Eight dynamic performances. Eight amazing opportunities to revel in Vail’s summer jazz scene. Each Thursday night throughout the summer, Lionshead’s Vail Square comes alive with the world’s best jazz players in the magical setting of the Jazz Tent at Vail Square, nestled into the heart of the family-friendly ambience of the scenic Arrabelle courtyard. Surrounded by boutiques, al fresco eateries, an outdoor bar and lots of convivial mixing and mingling, these world-class performances—more popular each year—are almost always sold out. High energy: Times eight!

what you need to know DATE

Thursdays July 6th - August 24th

TIME

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

TICKETS

$25 General Admission $40 Preferred Seating $50 Premium Seating {see ticket info on pg. 16}

VENUE

Jazz Tent at Vail Square {see map on pg. 14}

PARKING / ACCESS

Free parking available at the Lionshead parking structure. Paid valet parking available at The Arrabelle at Vail Square.

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marcia ball

JULY 6

Guaranteed to blow out the sides of the Vail Square tent, fivetime Grammy®-nominated Marcia Ball kicks off the series, sharing her infectious, intelligent, rollicking recipe for southern boogie, roadhouse blues and heartfelt ballads. With a large and intensely loyal global following, she has won a fistful of awards and accolades including several Contemporary Blues Albums of the Year awards. Her high-energy piano and vocal treatments never fail to impel enthusiastic audiences to their feet. Marcia (keyboard/vocals) is joined by Don Bennett (bass), Eric Bernhardt (tenor sax), Corey Keller (drums), and Mike Schermer (guitar). Local Business Underwriter: Patti Dixon Design

butler, bernstein + the hot 9

JULY 13

Henry Butler is perhaps the greatest living proponent of the classic New Orleans piano tradition. Steven Bernstein is a trumpeter/composer/arranger tour de force with eclectic talents beyond categorization. In collaboration to front the retro-flavored Hot 9, Butler & Bernstein’s critically acclaimed nonet offers spirited renditions of everything from Fats Waller to Billy Preston. Launching from a traditional New Orleans platform, they thoughtfully combine early 20th century blues with more modern spices to create exhilarating improvisations with their adroit cohorts, including Peter Apfelbaum (tenor/soprano sax), Vicente Archer (bass), Sam Bardfeld (violin), Donald Edwards (drums), Curtis Fowlkes (trombone), Erik Lawrence (baritone/soprano sax), Matt Munisteri (guitar), Doug Wieselman (clarinet/tenor sax). Local Business Underwriter: Vail Daily

hot club of france tribute band JULY 20 In a rousing tribute to the famous Parisian ensemble known as the Quintet of the Hot Club of France, Julien Labro has assembled a skilled international quintet to channel the wildly popular group—considered one of the most significant continental jazz groups in Europe. Hugely successful in the ‘30s and ‘40s, the group included the legendary gypsy guitarist/banjo player Django Reinhardt and violinist Stéphane Grappelli. Julien, on accordion, is joined by guitar wizard Vinny Raniolo, Jason Anick (violin), Gary Mazzaroppi (bass), and Olli Soikkeli (guitar). Together, they will animate the smokin’ hot gypsy-jazz style in exhilarating ways. Local Business Underwriter: Vail Chamber & Business Assoc. vailjazz.org

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ella + louis together again—feat. carmen bradford + byron stripling JULY 27 In celebration of Ella Fitzgerald’s 100th birthday, Vail Jazz is re-creating one of the most iconic pairings in jazz history: Ella and Louis. Internationally renowned trumpeter/vocalist (and Louis Armstrong scholar) Byron Stripling will share the stage with Carmen Bradford, one of jazz’s most diverse and exciting vocal stylists. Her pedigree includes nine years as featured vocalist in the Count Basie Orchestra, as well as collaborations with Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, George Benson and many others. Together, Byron and Carmen will offer contemporary evidence of the musical pairing, considered by many to be the pinnacle of popular singing, that resulted in 3 hugely successful albums, recognized by induction into the Grammy ® Hall of Fame in 2015. Local Business Underwriter: Grappa Fine Wine & Spirits

rené marie + experiment in truth

AUGUST 3

Over a 20-year career, including 11 recordings, René’s performances have been informed by Dinah Washington, Eartha Kitt, Ella Fitzgerald and other leading ladies whose explorations of both bright and dark corners of human experience have combined in a unique way in her stylings. Capturing two recent Grammy® nominations in the Jazz Vocal category, she draws on elements of folk, R&B, classical and country, to deliver strong, sensual, captivating song treatments in the best tradition of top jazz performers. She is backed by Elias Bailey (bass), Quentin Baxter (drums), and John Chin (piano). Local Business Underwriter: Eye Pieces of Vail & Mykita Eyewear

¡cubanismo!

AUGUST 10

Hold on to your Fedora! The Jazz Tent at Vail Square may be unable to contain all the sizzling, pulsing, swirling enthusiasm generated by this energetic group of 14 musicians. After just a few minutes, it will be clear that much of their music is based on Cuban dances like rumba, danzon, son, cha-cha, pa’ca and others. Led with precision by charismatic trumpeter Jesus Alemany, ¡Cubanismo! offers electrifying performances drawing on Cuban musical influences in multiple genres. As DownBeat raved: “This band smokes like a fine cigar!” Local Business Underwriter: Vail International Gallery

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eliane elias: samba brazil

AUGUST 17

With a recent Grammy ® win and 7 prior nominations, Brazilian pianist/composer/vocalist Eliane Elias has an instantly recognizable style that has placed her at the top of traditional jazz and world music charts globally. Her 2017 release Dance of Time debuted at #1 on Billboard, iTunes, and Amazon, bolstering the millions of albums she has already sold worldwide. This tribute to the 100th anniversary of the Brazilian samba applies a cosmopolitan flair with her trademark percussive Brazilian groove, and her sensual vocals, to samba classics. (And those shoes!) With Rafael Barata (drums), Rubens de la Corte (guitar), Marivaldo dos Santos (percussion), and Marc Johnson (bass). Local Business Underwriter: Vail Mountain Lodging

joey defrancesco + the people AUGUST 24 Organist Joey DeFrancesco is widely considered to be the dominant jazz organist of his generation, credited with reigniting enthusiasm for jazz organ (via his vintage Hammond B-3) throughout the world. Topping the critic’s polls in DownBeat 11 times, and the reader’s polls for the past 12 years consecutively, he has recorded and/or toured with his own groups as well as artists such as Ray Charles, Diana Krall, George Benson and many others. Grammy ® nominee, composer, radio personality, and a playful, energetic showman, Joey is also winning growing appreciation for his vocal abilities, showcased with the support of Jason Brown (drums), Troy Roberts (tenor sax), and Dan Wilson (guitar). Local Business Underwriter: Pierce Architects

party on at the vail chophouse! 8:00 - 10:00 PM FOLLOWING VAIL JAZZ @ VAIL SQUARE

Not ready for the party to end after Vail Jazz @ Vail Square? Join us at the Vail Chophouse, where each Thursday night the party continues with Vail favorites Kathy Morrow and Brent Gordon. The Chophouse’s cozy restaurant boasts delicious fare and refreshing libations that pair perfectly with the toe tappin’ music!

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This special evening will feature an alluring silent auction, extraordinary live auction packages, and a spectacular performance by New Orleans jazz legend, John Boutté. A seventh generation Louisianan, Boutté lives and breathes the heart and soul of the Crescent City, and has been honored the city’s “best male vocalist” nine times. Mr. Boutté will be joined by celebrated Vail Jazz Workshop alumni Erica von Kleist (‘98 - clarinet), Curtis Taylor (‘01 - trumpet), and New Orleans native Jeffrey Miller (‘13 - trombone). The evening is a benefit for the Vail Jazz educational programs, which include the Vail Jazz Workshop, Vail Jazz Goes to School, and Jammin’ Jazz Kids.

what you need to know DATE

Monday, July 11th

TIME

6:00 PM

TICKETS

$250 Individual Ticket $2,500 Table for Ten $3,000 Premium Table for Ten {see ticket info on pg. 16}

VENUE

The Sebastian - Vail {see map on pg. 14}

PARKING / ACCESS

$10 valet parking at The Sebastian - Vail. Free parking available at the Lionshead parking structure.

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VAIL JAZZ + THE RITZ-CARLTON BACHELOR GULCH PRESENT

what you need to know DATE

Friday, August 11th

TIME

6:00 PM

TICKETS Vail Jazz and the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch present the ultimate tribute to the definitive vocalist of the 20th century. From one blue-eyed talent to another, vocalist and sax man Curtis Stigers offers his own brand of cool, subtle swing and his well-seasoned voice as the perfect guide for this remarkable evening of big band swing. Backing Curtis will be the H2 Big Band, a world-class 17-piece ensemble under the co-leadership of trumpeter Al Hood and pianist Dave Hanson. Together they will perform the crooner’s classic songbook. This special performance is sure to bring a lot of swing, swoon and swagger to Beaver Creek, for an evening not to be missed!

$60 Individual Ticket $800 Table for Eight {see ticket info on pg. 16}

VENUE

The Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch {see map on pg. 14}

PARKING / ACCESS

Discounted valet parking available for dinner guests.

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The Vail Jazz Party features over 35 headliners that join together to play in group performances, multi-artist jam sessions, and inspiring multimedia tributes to jazz legends. For details please view the following pages: ABOUT THE VAIL JAZZ PARTY {pg. 35} VAIL JAZZ PARTY LINEUP {pg. 36-37}

VAIL JAZZ PARTY HOURLY SCHEDULE {pg. 38-39} VAIL JAZZ PARTY SPECIAL SHOWS {pg. 40-44}

VAIL JAZZ PARTY ARTIST BIOS {pg. 78-84}

what you need to know DATE

Labor Day Weekend Thursday Aug. 31st - Monday Sep. 4th

TIME

{see hourly schedule on pg. 38}

TICKETS

$20 / 55 / 75 Individual Tickets $375 / 450 Passes {see ticket info on pg. 16}

VENUES

Jazz Tent at Vail Square Vail Marriott Mountain Resort {see map on pg. 14}

PARKING / ACCESS

Free parking available at the Lionshead parking structure. Valet parking available at the Vail Marriott for $12/day for Vail Jazz guests.

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the story of the jazz party FROM GIBSON TO STONE: THE EVOLUTION OF A UNIQUE LISTENING EXPERIENCE Written by Owen Hutchinson Jazz is presented around the world in many ways— subterranean clubs, elegant theaters, hotel lounges, backyard bashes, reminiscent tributes to The Jazz Age, open air festivals, and on towering stages at a plethora of jazz mega-festivals—but the most exciting, improvisational, and intimate format of listening to America’s quintessential art form is lesser known: the Jazz Party. Jazz parties dissolve the barrier between performers and audiences members, bringing fans and musicians together in an exchange of their passion for swing, soul and the freedom of expression. More specifically, the format of a Jazz Party is 30 to 50 individual soloists who perform throughIT’S JAZZ FOR out a multi-day event in a wide variety of both cuJAZZ LOVERS— rated and spontaneous HARD-SWINGIN’, ensembles, combos, musical themes and styles.

HEAVY-HITTING,

[AND] PROLIFIC This artistic formula was established in 1963 when Dick Gibson, a Denver businessman, gathered jazz musicians and friends in an Aspen hotel over the three-day Labor Day weekend to have a party. That weekend, he created the first Jazz Party. The format was established in 1963 when Dick Gibson, a Denver businessman, gathered jazz musicians and friends in an Aspen hotel to have a party. “During his 30-year run, Dick presented an all-star lineup that featured some of the greatest musicians in the world. At a time when rock music began to overshadow jazz, these annual gatherings became a very important reunion of sorts between fans and players in the most relaxed and awe-inspiring venues one could imagine,” says Vail Jazz founder Howard Stone.

In 1995, Stone transformed his appreciation for Gibson’s parties and his lifelong passion for jazz into the inaugural Vail Jazz Party, which will be presented in its 23rd iteration in 2017. The event has expanded over the years to comprise 11 sessions, 33 sets, and more than 35 hours of world-class jazz over Labor Day weekend. It’s jazz for jazz lovers—hard-swingin’, heavy-hitting, prolific straight-ahead jazz artists bringing their most passionate effort forth as moments in jazz history unfold before a crowd of discerning fans. The event is a convergence of the natural beauty of the Rocky Mountains and jazz mastery, gathering 2,500 attendees at the base of Vail Mountain during a time of the year when Vail’s summer season peaks in a savory combination of sunshine and the crisp scent of the oncoming autumn months. Join us over Labor Day weekend as we celebrate the vibrant and dynamic state of the jazz tradition. Spotlighting contemporary sounds of the genre alongside tributes to your most cherished and timeless recordings, the Vail Jazz Party serves as a spectacular conclusion to the 23rd Annual Vail Jazz Festival.

A young John Pizzarelli plays at the 1986 Dick Gibson Jazz Party.

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vail jazz party lineup To learn more about the artists playing at the Vail Jazz Party please view the artist bios on pages 78-84.

soloists {d} Ernie Adams {p} Jacob Christoffersen {ts, cl, fl} Adrian Cunningham {g} Graham Dechter {d} EC3 (Ernest Coleman III) {v} Sinne Eeg {b} Jerohn Garnett {d} Jeff Hamilton {v} Niki Haris

Tyrone Jackson {p} Butch Miles {d} James Morrison {tb, t} Dick Oatts {as} Ken Peplowski {cl, ts} Byron Stripling {t, v} Akiko Tsuruga {b3} Ken Walker {b}

groups VAIL JAZZ PARTY HOUSE BAND John Clayton {b}, Jeff Clayton {as}, Wycliffe Gordon {tb}, Terell Stafford {t}, Lewis Nash {d}, Bill Cunliffe {p} WYCLIFFE GORDON’S NU FUNK MACHINE Wycliffe Gordon {tb}, Tyrone Jackson {p}, Jerohn Garnett {b}, Ernie Adams {d}, Graham Dechter {g}, Adrian Cunningham {ts}, Terell Stafford {t} TOMMY IGOE SEXTET Tommy Igoe {d}, Colin Hogan {p}, Dewayne Pate {b}, Christian Pepin {perc.}, Tony Peebles {ts}, Mike Olmos {t} H2 BIG BAND co-led by: Al Hood {t} and Dave Hanson {p} Will Swindler {as}, Pete Lewis {as}, Peter Sommer {ts}, Eric Erhardt {ts}, Sam Williams {bs}, Greg Gisbert {t}, Brad Goode {t}, Miles Roth {t}, Darren Kramer {tb}, Paul McKee {tb}, Adam Bartczak {t}, Andy Wolfe {tb}, Ken Walker {b}, Mike Abbott {g} MILE HI GOSPEL ENSEMBLE led by: Joseph Thomas Brown Joslyn Ford-Keel, Falesha Hall, Tasha Jackson, Shamae Matthews, Dax-Oliver Singleton, Jamee Young VAIL JAZZ ALUMNI QUINTET James Francies (’12) {p}, Raviv Markovitz (’08) {b}, Adam Arruda (’07) {d}, Greg Ward (’99) {as}, Curtis Taylor (’01) {t} VAIL JAZZ ALL-STARS Marvin Carter {as}, Ari Chais {p}, Clay Eshleman {p}, Ben Feldman {b}, Chris Ferrari {ts}, Geoff Gallante {t}, Peter Glynn {d}, Tony Golden {b}, Zach Guzman Mejia {tb}, James Haddad {t}, Sam Keedy {tb}, Kofi Shepsu {d}

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special shows DOCUMENTARY SCREENING: “BUDDY RICH—JAZZ LEGEND” Followed by Q+A with Jeff Hamilton JEFF CLAYTON’S TRIBUTE TO CANNONBALL ADDERLEY Jeff Clayton {as}, John Clayton {b}, Terell Stafford {t}, Lewis Nash {d}, Bill Cunliffe {p} JEFF HAMILTON + BUTCH MILES’ MULTIMEDIA TRIBUTE TO BUDDY RICH WITH THE H2 BIG BAND Jeff Hamilton {d}, Butch Miles {d}, Bill Cunliffe {p}, H2 Big Band BYRON STRIPLING’S MULTIMEDIA PRESENTATION OF COLE PORTER + THE JAZZ CONNECTION Byron Stripling {t}, Bill Cunliffe {p}, Raviv Markovitz {b}, Ernie Adams {d}, Ken Peplowski {cl, ts} MONGO + MORE: A TRIBUTE TO MONGO SANTAMARIA BY TOMMY IGOE Tommy Igoe {d}, Colin Hogan {p}, Dewayne Pate {b}, Christian Pepin {percussion}, Tony Peebles {ts}, Mike Olmos {t} NIKI HARIS’ GOSPEL PRAYER MEETIN’ Niki Haris {v}, Mile Hi Gospel Ensemble, Tyrone Jackson {p}, Akiko Tsuruga {b3}, Jerohn Garnett {b}, EC3 {d}, Graham Dechter {g}, Jeff Clayton {as}, Greg Ward {as}, Terell Stafford {t}, Byron Stripling {t}, Wycliffe Gordon {tb} ADRIAN CUNNINGHAM’S CD RELEASE PARTY: “JAZZ SPEAK” Adrian Cunningham {fl, cl, ts}, John Clayton {b}, Bill Cunliffe {p}, Jeff Hamilton {d} PIANO DUOS Bill Cunliffe {p}, Colin Hogan {p}, James Francies {p}, Jacob Christoffersen {p}, Tyrone Jackson {p}

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vail jazz party hourly schedule thursday 8.31

saturday 9.2

PATRON RECEPTION the lobby of the lion vail

AFTERNOON SESSION jazz tent at vail square

4:30 PM

11:30 AM

Vail Jazz All-Stars free!

12:40 PM

Vail Jazz Alumni Quintet

1:50 PM

Vail Jazz Party House Band

3:00 PM

Piano Duos

Patron Pass holders only

OPENING SESSION jazz tent at vail square 6:00 PM

Vail Jazz All-Stars

7:00 PM

Vail Jazz Alumni Quintet

8:00 PM

Vail Jazz Party House Band

PATRON DINNER grand ballroom, vail marriott 5:30 PM

friday 9.1

EVENING SESSION grand ballroom, vail marriott 7:45 PM Niki Haris {v} Tyrone Jackson {p} Ken Walker {b} EC3 {d} Dick Oatts {as} Guest: Sinne Eeg {v}

DOCUMENTARY SCREENING grand ballroom, vail marriott 2:00 PM

“Buddy Rich—Jazz Legend”

EVENING SESSION grand ballroom, vail marriott 7:00 PM

Adrian Cunningham’s CD Release Party “Jazz Speak”

8:10 PM Sinne Eeg {v} Jacob Christoffersen {p} Ken Walker {b} Adam Arruda {d} Guest: Ken Peplowski {cl, ts} 9:20 PM

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Jeff Hamilton + Butch Miles’ Multimedia Tribute to Buddy Rich with the H2 Big Band

10:20 PM

Tommy Igoe Sextet

11:20 PM Jacob Christoffersen {p} John Clayton {b} Ernie Adams {d} Dick Oatts {as} Ken Peplowski {cl} James Morrison {t, tb} Curtis Taylor {t}

LATE NIGHT JAM SESSION wing’s place, 2nd floor, vail marriott

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8:45 PM

LATE NIGHT JAM SESSION wing’s place, 2nd floor, vail marriott

Akiko Tsuruga {b3} Jeff Hamilton {d} Graham Dechter {g} Guest: Terell Stafford {t}

10:20 PM Colin Hogan {p} Raviv Markovitz {b} Butch Miles {d} Dick Oatts {as} Adrian Cunningham {cl, ts} Mike Olmos {t} Byron Stripling {t} Sinne Eeg {v}

Dinner: Patron Pass holders only

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sunday 9.3

monday 9.4

MORNING SESSION jazz tent at vail square

AFTERNOON SESSION jazz tent at vail square

9:00 AM

11:30 AM

Niki Haris’ Gospel Prayer Meetin’

AFTERNOON SESSION jazz tent at vail square 11:30 AM

Vail Jazz All-Stars free!

12:40 PM Ken Peplowski {cl, ts} James Francies {p} John Clayton {b} Lewis Nash {d} Christian Pepin {percussion} Graham Dechter {g} Adrian Cunningham {cl, fl, ts} 1:50 PM Dick Oatts {as} Bill Cunliffe {p} Ken Walker {b} Ernie Adams {d} Terell Stafford {t} Curtis Taylor {t} 3:00 PM

Tommy Igoe Sextet

4:10 PM

Wycliffe Gordon Nu Funk Machine Guest: Jeff Clayton {as} Guest: Dick Oatts {as} Guest: James Morrison {t, tb}

EVENING SESSION grand ballroom, vail marriott 7:00 PM James Morrison {all instruments} Graham Dechter {g} John Clayton {b} Lewis Nash {d} 8:10 PM

Byron Stripling’s Multimedia Presentation: Cole Porter + The Jazz Connection

9:45 PM

Jeff Clayton’s Tribute to Cannonball Adderley

Akiko Tsuruga {b3} Jeff Hamilton {d} Graham Dechter {g}

12:40 PM Sinne Eeg {v} Jacob Christoffersen {p} Ken Walker {b} Adam Arruda {d} 1:50 PM Wycliffe Gordon {tb} Bill Cunliffe {p} John Clayton {b} Jeff Hamilton {d} Adrian Cunningham {cl, fl, ts} James Morrison {t, tb} 3:00 PM

Mongo + More: Tribute to Mongo Santamaria by Tommy Igoe Sextet

4:10 PM Jacob Christoffersen {p} Akiko Tsuruga {b3} Raviv Markovitz {b} Butch Miles {d} Adrian Cunningham {cl} Ken Peplowski {cl} Jeff Clayton {as} Dick Oatts {as} Greg Ward {as} Tony Peebles {ts} Mike Olmos {t} James Morrison {t + tb} Terell Stafford {t} Byron Stripling {t} Wycliffe Gordon {tb}

DINNER + JAZZ vail chophouse 6:00 PM

Tony Gulizia {p} Brian Loftus {d} Reservations: 970.477.0555 This is not a ticketed event

LATE NIGHT JAM SESSION wing’s place, 2nd floor, vail marriott 10:45 PM James Francies {p} Dewayne Pate {b} Tommy Igoe {d} Adam Arruda {d} Greg Ward {as} Tony Peebles {ts} Wycliffe Gordon {tb} vailjazz.org

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vail jazz party special shows documentary screening: “buddy rich—jazz legend” FRIDAY AFTERNOON | 2:00 PM

Fiery, tempestuous, mercurial, prone to brawls and jealousy, Buddy Rich (1917-1987) is today remembered as one of the world’s most influential drummers, widely noted for his virtuosity, power and speed. Prior to his high profile stints with Tommy Dorsey, Harry James, Count Basie, and later his own big band, Rich began playing professionally at just 18 months, as part of his parents’ vaudeville act. Despite his lack of any formal drum instruction (he claimed it would degrade his natural talent), he soon became the second-highest paid child entertainer in the world (after Jackie Coogan); by age 11, he was performing as a bandleader. His notable recordings included Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, working with pianist Oscar Peterson. His highly regarded trio work included bassist Ray Brown and Herb Ellis on guitar. He was a frequent guest on The Steve Allen Show, The Tonight Show, The Merv Griffin Show and engaged in highly popular drum battles with Gene Krupa, Ed Shaughnessy and Louie Bellson. His influence extended well beyond jazz, {CONT’D PG. 44}

adrian cunningham’s cd release party: “jazz speak” FRIDAY EVENING | 7:00 PM

At last year’s Vail Jazz Party, Adrian Cunningham wowed audiences with his suave manner and sophisticated playing (not to mention his good looks!). It turns out he was so moved by the enthusiasm of the Vail audience, and the experience of playing with so many great musicians, he decided to keep the love alive by recording with several top Vail jazzers. The result is his new CD Jazz Speak—proudly being premiered in the US at this year’s Vail Jazz Party. Joining Adrian, who plays tenor sax, flute and clarinet, are Bill Cunliffe (piano), John Clayton (bass), and Jeff Hamilton (drums). Jazz Speak joins a half dozen other popular and well-reviewed releases by Adrian, and includes a variety of both lesser-known items as well as standards such as Mood Indigo and Let’s Fall in Love. We’re guessing everyone will fall in love with this new release.

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piano duos

SATURDAY AFTERNOON | 3:00 PM Generously Presented by Judson and Joyce Green Expect some musical fireworks as these five “ivory impresarios” strut their stuff on the Vail Jazz stage! Inspired by the popularity of last year’s duo outing, the Vail Jazz audience is eagerly anticipating a new round of improvisational antics. We’re not sure this is what Wolfgang had in mind when he popularized piano duets in the late 1700’s, but this year’s combination of amazing piano artists—on two facing pianos—is bound to result in some remarkable, spontaneous musical moments, a few mind melds, some stunning contrasts and, no doubt, some entertaining keyboard capers along the way! {CONT’D PG. 44}

jeff hamilton + butch miles’ multimedia tribute to buddy rich with the h2 big band SATURDAY EVENING | 8:45 PM

Two of America’s great drummers—Jeff Hamilton and Butch Miles—contribute their formidable skills and insights about the unpredictable and entertaining Buddy Rich (1917-1987). Helping these esteemed drummers commemorate Buddy’s 100th birthday is the H2 Big Band, a world-class ensemble of 17 musicians under the co-leadership of trumpeter Al Hood and pianist Dave Hanson. H2’s energetic and precise performances are a perfect backdrop for an exploration of the fiery personality and—some would say insane!—drumming of this legendary stickster. The performances will be supplemented by video clips and interviews demonstrating the reasons for his renown, influence and undeniable “charm.”

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niki haris’ gospel prayer meetin’ SUNDAY MORNING | 9:00 AM

Generously Presented by Larry and Pat Stewart Niki once again conducts one of our most popular Vail Jazz traditions—our annual tribute to the huge contribution Gospel music has made in shaping jazz and lifting spirits! Now a Sunday morning institution, this standing-room-only affair features world-class musicians and vocalists, hand-clappin’, spirit-liftin’ and look-to-the-heavens exhilaration for a rousing morning of invigorating musical commotion. As always, Niki and a host of jazz ringers are joined by The Mile Hi Gospel Ensemble, a golden-voiced group who invariably bring their “Sunday best” to Vail Square for a high-energy consummation of spirits.

byron stripling’s multimedia presentation: cole porter and the jazz connection SUNDAY EVENING | 8:10 PM

Cole Albert Porter (1891-1964), born in Peru, Indiana, was sent to boarding school to put him on track to be an attorney. At Yale, however, he found that music (he took his piano with him) and his ability to entertain made him popular, and his quick wit and gift for rhyme placed him in several campus-based music groups, the glee club and the famous Whiffenpoofs a capella group. While at Yale he wrote 300 songs and, despite the wishes of his wealthy family, took up music as a profession; shortly thereafter he was writing for Broadway revues. Unlike many successful Broadway composers however, Porter wrote the lyrics, as well as the music, for his songs. The hallmarks of a typical Porter song were highly urbane/witty lyrics combined with an often brooding, but memorable, melody. Equally typical and recognizable of a Porter song might be a simple, bouncy melody with a lyric based on a list of qualities or superlatives. Fearless of taboo subjects, his songcraft offered such an individuality of style, immediately recognized, that his new genre became known simply as “the Cole Porter song.” As one of the most notable contributors to the Great American Songbook (he wrote more than 800 songs), Porter’s works have been performed and recorded by artists ranging from Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson, and Dionne Warwick, to Frank Sinatra, Diana Krall, Tony Bennett, Nat Cole and Kiri TeKanawa. It can safely be said that few songwriters have had such a profound impact on American music, jazz or otherwise. {CONT’D PG. 44}

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jeff clayton’s tribute to cannonball adderley SUNDAY EVENING | 9:45 PM

Julian Edwin “Cannonball” Adderley (1928-1975) moved to NYC in 1955 from his native Florida, where he had been a band director at a Ft. Lauderdale high school. While in NY, he happened to have his saxophone with him during an Oscar Pettiford performance, and when asked to sit in for a tardy band member, well... the rest is history. Rumors of his incredible playing flew around the city, anointing him as the heir to Charlie Parker. His blues-inflected playing brought him to the attention of Miles Davis, whose band he joined in 1957; the two graced each other’s albums for several years before Cannonball assembled a series of quintets and sextets with his brother, Nat Adderley on cornet. A major contributor to the hard bop and soul jazz movements, his groups delivered definitive renditions of the songbook, notably “This Here,” “The Jive Samba,” “Work Song,” and “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy.” Joining Jeff Clayton in this heartfelt tribute to his saxophone hero are John Clayton (bass), Bill Cunliffe (piano), Lewis Nash (drums), and Terell Stafford (trumpet).

mongo + more: tribute to mongo santamaria by tommy igoe sextet MONDAY AFTERNOON | 3:00 PM

Cuban-born Ramón “Mongo” Santamaría Rodríguez (1917-2013) was considered by many to have been the greatest conguero of the 20th century. Learning the rumba as a kid in the streets of Havana, he learned music—mostly derived from Africa—by observing drummers with many different styles and, as he began to play professionally, he learned on the job. When he soloed in jazz, his folkloric rumba roots were clear and he brought this sensibility with him to New York City where he became Tito Puente’s conga player, later joining Cal Tjader’s Latin jazz combo. Noted for his composition “Afro Blue” recorded by John Coltrane and others, he recorded a hit rendition of “Watermelon Man” and was a leading figure in the fusion of Afro-Cuban rhythms with R&B and soul. Celebrating the 100th birthday of this Grammy® Hallof-Famer, drummer Tommy Igoe and his band will honor the Mongo sound in this high-energy tribute to one of the earliest proponents of the Afro-Cuban sound. {CONT’D PG. 44} vailjazz.org

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special shows, continued DOCUMENTARY SCREENING {FROM PG. 40}

...becoming an idol of many famous rock and fusion artists, and his precision, execution and volume have become widely emulated, if not equalled. Jeff Hamilton, renowned drummer and frequent Vail Jazz artist, will host a Q&A about Buddy Rich, and provide personal reminiscences about Buddy and the influence he had on Jeff’s career. Note: Running time is 1:34 as the lengthy film has been edited. (Some of his notable performances, especially the West Side Story Suite and the Channel One Suite, were clocked at 26 minutes.)

Christoffersen, and Tyrone Jackson, each among the leading jazz pianists of our era. COLE PORTER {FROM PG. 42}

Joining Byron Stripling in his exploration of the connections between Cole Porter and jazz are Ernie Adams (drums), Bill Cunliffe (piano), Sinne Eeg( vocals), Raviv Markovitz (bass), and Ken Peplowski (clarinet). MONGO + MORE {FROM PG. 43}

Joining Tommy will be Colin Hogan (piano), Dewayne Pate (bass), Christian Pepin (percussion), Tony Peebles (tenor sax), and Mike Olmos (trumpet).

PIANO DUOS {FROM PG. 41}

Presented in various combinations will be the artistry of Bill Cunliffe, Colin Hogan, James Francies, Jacob

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2017 vail jazz summer calendar JUNE - JULY SUNDAY

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▶ Jammin’ Jazz Kids ▶ Phil Wiggins + George Kilby Jr. ▶ Phil Wiggins & special guests

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▶ Hot Club of France

▶ Hot Club of France

▶ Nelson Rangell

Tribute Band

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The Hot 9

▶ “Party On”

From Bridge Street To Bourbon Street

▶ Jammin’ Jazz Kids ▶ B3 Jazz Project ▶ Laura Newman

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George Kilby Jr.

Tribute Band

▶ “Party On”

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▶ Ella and Louis

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Together Again

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▶ High School Bands ▶ Chuck Lamb Quartet ▶ Chuck Lamb

ticketed events ▶ VAIL JAZZ CLUB SERIES {PG 24}

Imagine your favorite NYC jazz club, and add the rustic Rocky Mountain charm of Vail Village, with the stunning dining experience of Ludwig’s Terrace at the Sonnenalp Hotel.

▶ VAIL JAZZ @ VAIL SQUARE {PG 26}

special events VAIL JAZZ GALA {PG 30}

“From Bridge Street to Bourbon Street,” is the signature fundraising event for Vail Jazz educational programs, combining an auction with exquisite dining and a soulful performance by “The Voice of New Orleans,” John Boutté.

Under the iconic Jazz Tent in Lionshead, sample the spectrum of world-class jazz served up by international superstars.

STIGERS SINGS SINATRA {PG 33}

The grand finale of the Vail Jazz Festival, this five day event features a jam-packed lineup with over 35 hours of music!

FOURTH OF JULY PARADE

▶ VAIL JAZZ PARTY {PG 34}

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Curtis Stigers and the H2 Big Band deliver the Sinatra Songbook in a venue that even Frank would applaud. Vail Jazz will celebrate the 20th year of Vail Jazz Goes to School with a special float featuring Tony Gulizia!


▶ Friday June 9: The Burroughs ▶ Friday June 23: Otone Brass Band

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▶ Exploring

▶ ¡Cubanismo! ▶ “Party On”

Afro-Cuban Jazz

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5 Falconaires Big Band

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SINGS SINATRA

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▶ Eliane Elias: Samba

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▶ Joey DeFrancesco + The People

▶ “Party On”

Spicy Pickles ▶ Andrew Vogt

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▶ Surprise Guests

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at the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch

Brazil ▶ “Party On”

▶ High School Bands ▶ Joe Smith + The

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Experiment in Truth ▶ “Party On”

co-presented with The Vail Symposium

▶ High School Bands ▶ The Hennessy 6 ▶ Sean Hennessy

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▶ Opening Reception ▶ Vail Jazz Party

▶ Documentary

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▶ Evening Session ▶ Late Night Jam

▶ Afternoon Session ▶ Dinner with Artists ▶ Evening Session ▶ Late Night Jam

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▶ Gospel Prayer Meetin’ ▶ Afternoon Session ▶ Afternoon Session ▶ Evening Session ▶ Late Night Jam

▶ VAIL JAZZ @ RIVERWALK {PG 51}

free events ▶ VAIL JAZZ @ THE MARKET {PG 56}

A long-standing summer tradition, this series brings sounds from all over the world to Vail’s famous Sunday Farmers’ Market.

▶ VAIL JAZZ @ THE REMEDY {PG 60}

The Remedy Bar combines exceptional cocktails, artisinal eats, and great jazz.

▶ “PARTY ON” AT THE VAIL CHOPHOUSE

{PG 29}

The party continues every night following Vail Jazz @ Vail Square with Kathy Morrow and friends.

Brings the down-valley community together to enjoy live music paired with tasty fare and cold beverages.

educational events ▶ JAMMIN’ JAZZ KIDS {PG 72}

An engaging and fun learning experience for youngsters at the Vail Farmers’ Market.

▶ CO HIGH SCHOOL BAND SHOWCASE {PG 72}

High School student jazz bands from the Denver area perform at the Vail Farmers’ Market.

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Vail Jazz @ Riverwalk is a series of six concerts hosted in the Riverwalk Backyard Amphitheater, featuring regional masters of swing, blues, funk, Latin jazz and more. Paired with tasty local fare and arts and crafts for kids, this series brings families, children, neighbors and friends together for perfect summer evenings at the Riverwalk at Edwards.

what you need to know DATE

Alternating Fridays June 9th - August 18th

TIME

6:00 PM (gates open at 5:00 PM)

TICKETS

This event is free

VENUE

Riverwalk Backyard Amphitheater 175 Main Street, Edwards {see map on pg. 14}

PRESENTED BY:

PARKING / ACCESS

Free parking available Riverwalk’s street level and underground parking areas.

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the burroughs

JUNE 9

The band’s trademark “sweaty soul music” features a polished four-piece horn section, a powerhouse rhythm section, and charismatic and multi-talented front-man Johnny Burroughs. Together the band’s nine members create a sound that invokes the spirit of soul heroes such as Otis Redding, Ray Charles, and Etta James.

the otone brass band

JUNE 23

Denver’s infamous party starters return to the Riverwalk Backyard Amphitheater carrying the heat and horns of New Orleans. The eight-piece ensemble’s heavy bass is delivered by sousaphone, and the brass section is a powerhouse of trombone, two trumpets and a pair of saxophones. With plenty of percussion, the sound is soaring and upbeat, making it difficult not to move your feet!

phil wiggins + george kilby jr.

JULY 7

George Kilby Jr. has taken his music from the road-houses of the Southeast to the major music festivals of Europe, and Phil Wiggins plays the harmonica better than any blues-man around. This new partnership combines Wiggins’ masterful harmonica playing and Kilby’s unique songwriting to create an immersive bluesy, folksy new sound. They are joined by bassist Mark Diamond. Local Business Underwriter: Mountain Living

nelson rangell

JULY 21

Jazziz magazine writes that Nelson Rangell is “an artist of depth, a master of song, and an improviser non pareil.” Such praise is a confirmation that Rangell is one of the most exciting and diverse performers in the genre, equally adept at soprano, alto, and tenor saxophone, as well as being a genuine virtuoso on flute and piccolo.

u.s. air force academy falconaires big band AUGUST 4 Recognized as one of the nation’s greatest torchbearers and pathfinders of the big band style, the versatility and professionalism of this unique ensemble is unprecedented. The Air Force Academy’s Falconaires recounts the most prolific works of The Swing Era with unmatched authenticity, while simultaneously charging forward into jazz music’s future with a variety of contemporary arrangements.

quemando

AUGUST 18

Hailing from Boulder, Colorado, Quemando is a smokin’ hot 12-piece Latin and salsa dance band, covering legendary Latin tracks and artists of the past and present! Recognized as one of Colorado’s finest Latin bands, Quemando will bring a sizzlin’ grand finale to the Vail Jazz @ Riverwalk series, while making their debut Vail Jazz Festival performance.

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A long-standing summer Sunday tradition, Vail Jazz @ The Market is a muststop destination within the famous Vail Farmers’ Market in the heart of Vail Village. The lineup varies from week to week, ranging from traditional jazz trios and quartets, blues, and swing, to more fusion-oriented sounds, saucy American Songbook vocals and pulsing Latin fare. While you’re sampling the best of the Farmers’ Market comestibles and the work of local artisans, complete the trio with the best in Colorado-grown jazz. {SEE JAMMIN' JAZZ KIDS AND CO HIGH SCHOOL BAND SHOWCASE ON PG. 72}

what you need to know DATE

Sundays June 25th - August 27th

TIME

Noon - 3:00 PM

TICKETS

This event is free

VENUE

Solaris Plaza {see map on pg. 14}

PARKING / ACCESS

Free parking available at the Vail Village Parking structure. Paid parking at Solaris.

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max wagner quartet

JUNE 25

Max Wagner is a dynamic, exciting alto saxophonist and jazz vocalist. A lyrical player with more than 70 recordings to his credit, he has performed with many jazz greats including Red Holloway, Bud Shank, and Lou Donaldson, and has toured extensively. With Dave Hanson (keyboard), Ken Walker (bass) and Mike Marlier (drums), Max delivers classic straight-ahead jazz, soulful bebop, Latin jazz and romantic ballads.

los chicos malos

JULY 2

Los Chicos Malos are Victor Mestas (keyboard & vocals), José Alberto Cabrera (vocals, guiro & maracas), Scott Messersmith (congas & vocals), Jonny Jyemo (drums, timbales & vocals) and Zak Kopeikin (bass). These bad boys deliver a fun-filled afternoon of Cuban jazz, salsa, cha cha’s and everything in between. This Denver-based band is guaranteed to get you off su pompis and up on your feet for some musica cubano. Shake it!

phil wiggins + george kilby jr.

JULY 9

One of America’s foremost blues harmonica players, Phil Wiggins is rooted in the melodic “Tidewater blues” of the Chesapeake region. He has performed at the world’s biggest venues including Carnegie Hall, the Sydney Opera House, the Royal Albert Hall, and The White House. Phil is joined by noted blues guitarist George Kilby Jr., who has spent more than 20 years playing with the legendary pianist Pinetop Perkins of the Muddy Waters band. Together with bassist Mark Diamond, they make a formidable team.

b3 jazz project

JULY 16

The B3 Jazz Project delivers an extensive repertoire of original jazz compositions, classic hits, standards, R&B, acid jazz, funk and pop. Denver tenor sax notable Laura Newman is joined by Uzbekistani keyboard wizard Vlad Girshevich and long-time Denver drummer Jill Fredericksen, combining forces for three energetic sets of tune weaving.

blt and bob rebholz

JULY 23

BLT has been feeding music-hungry jazzers for years, serving up tasty tidbits of trad jazz thanks to the cookin’ of Brian Loftus (drums), and Tony Gulizia (keyboards and vocals). Joining this popular Vail duo is Bob Rebholz, one of the Denver area’s most popular saxmen. Together they’ll be serving up reliable fare ranging from the jazz royalty of Count Basie and Duke Ellington, to the Gershwins, Cole Porter, Al Jarreau and Van Morrison. vailjazz.org

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chuck lamb quartet

JULY 30

A popular series regular, Chuck always kicks up the energy with his fusion-tinged melange of hard-driving originals, new twists on old standards, and material from his CD North by Northeast. Joining Chuck are Eric Thorin (bass), Paul Romaine (drums), and Joe Anderies (woodwinds), delivering a great afternoon of top flight jazz, including some blues, ballads and musical surprises.

kathy morrow + dz

AUGUST 6

A longtime Vail favorite, Kathy applies her keyboard skills, energy and musical taste to a standard jazz repertoire, leaning heavily on the Great American Songbook. A popular entertainer, and an essential member of the celebrated local/vocal trio The Fabulous Femmes, Kathy has performed widely in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Joining Kathy is Brent Gordon (alto & tenor sax, vocals), Ron Bland (bass), and Larry Dutmer (drums).

the hennessy 6

AUGUST 13

Back from last year’s successful debut at The Market, Sean Hennessy returns with his sextet to offer a unique jazz experience, featuring original music in intricate arrangements, as well as soulful ballads, swing, Latin, hard bop and more. Sean (trumpeter/composer) leads a Colorado-based ensemble featuring Brad Bietry (piano), Jason Crowe (bass), Chris Gaona (drums), Colin McAllister (guitar), and Cully Joyce (tenor sax & alto flute).

joe smith + the spicy pickles

AUGUST 20

As Denver’s premier vintage jazz band, Joe Smith & the Spicy Pickles are dedicated to revitalizing swing and dance music, injecting power, personality and wit into each performance of 30s and 40s style big band swing, flavored with many entertaining touches. Trumpet player and vocalist Joe Smith is joined by Luke Smith (guitar), Gary Sloan (bass), Braxton Khan (drums), Andrew Vogt (clarinet & tenor sax), Jonathan Zimny (trombone), and Cara Griffith (vocals).

katie glassman + snapshot

AUGUST 27

Boulder-based fiddler/singer/songwriter Katie Glassman was a favorite at several Vail Jazz events last year, returning with a generous dose of musical expressionism and instrumental virtuosity. Together with her band Snapshot, they have garnered a national following for their marriage of old-time Western Swing with contemporary songwriting and creative arrangements. Joining Katie are Eric Moon on keyboard & accordion, Charlie Mertens on bass and Greg Schochet on guitar. A great way to finish this year’s musical feast at The Market!

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Last summer, The Remedy quickly established itself as the hot new hang for Vail Jazz on Sunday nights. Crowded, vibrant, pulsing with great mainstream jazz hosted by amiable keyboard player & vocalist Tony Gulizia with Brian Loftus on drums. Each week, visiting jazz luminaries drop by this high-energy space to spice things up and add some fun to the party. The setting—in the elegant Four Seasons Resort—is slick, hip & sophisticated, and the smartly dressed crowd populating this sleek, modern hangout for Sunday night jazz adds to the urban/chic vibe. Best Manhattan in town, too.

what you need to know DATE

Sundays July 2nd - August 27th

TIME

8:00 PM

TICKETS

This event is free

VENUE

The Remedy Bar Four Seasons Resort {see map on pg. 14}

PARKING / ACCESS

Complimentary valet parking available at the Four Seasons Resort. Located on the free Town of Vail bus route.

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series lineup JULY 2

VAIL

justin allison {guitar} JULY 9

DAN TELLEEN

phil wiggins {harmonica}

special guests, vail jazz workshop alumni: erica von kleist {alto sax}, curtis taylor {trumpet} jeffery miller {trombone}

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JULY 16

laura newman {tenor sax} JULY 23

bob rebholz {alto sax} JULY 30

chuck lamb {keyboard} AUGUST 6

ron bland {bass} sean hennessy {trumpet} AUGUST 20

andrew vogt {clarinet + tenor sax} AUGUST 27

with surprise guests

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AUGUST 13

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Each year in late summer, a dozen of North America’s most gifted young jazzers flock to Vail for one of the nation’s most highly regarded pre-college jazz study programs. Now in its 22nd year, the Workshop is conducted exclusively, and uniquely, without any written music, emphasizing listening skills, improvisation, and playing by ear. Over ten very long days and nights, these dozen jazz wunderkinds learn and perform in a high-pressure environment of talented peers, world-renowned instructors, and legendary professional musicians at the Vail Jazz Party during Labor Day weekend.

By anecdote, reputation and wordof-mouth, the 12 annual Workshop slots are among music’s most coveted scholarships for high school jazz players. The Workshop professors are legendary jazz artists including Workshop director John Clayton (bass), Jeff Clayton (saxophone), Bill Cunliffe (piano), Wycliffe Gordon (trombone), Lewis Nash (drums), and Terell Stafford (trumpet). Once again, there were a record number of Workshop hopefuls—more than 150 this year—vying to join the distinguished cadre of 250 alumni. Many Workshop alumni have advanced to highly successful careers, garnering Grammy® recognition, recording opportunities, and tours and performances at notable jazz venues and music festivals throughout the world. The success of our Workshop graduates, and their glowing accolades for the Vail experience, provide ever greater reinforcement for the stellar reputation of the Workshop as one of the finest performing jazz incubators in the world.

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ON THAT FIRST DAY AT THE

WORKSHOP WHEN WE GET A FEEL FOR THEIR LEVEL, THROUGH THE YEARS, OUR EYEBROWS GO UP HIGHER AND HIGHER. WE LOOK AT EACH OTHER AND SAY, ‘WOW’

-Director of Education, John Clayton


marvin carter

ALTO SAXOPHONE

Brooklyn-based and currently attending LaGuardia High School of Music & Art, Marvin has been playing the alto sax since fourth grade. He is lead saxophone player in the Performance Music Workshop Big Band, where he also mentors younger players, and is a frequent guest soloist with Arturo O’Farrill’s Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra at Birdland. He also plays with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Band, Arturo O’Farrill’s Fat Cat Band, the LaGuardia New Music Ensemble and the Brooklyn College Big Band. He looks to the Workshop to prompt more innovative playing and improving his technique and rhythmic variation.

ari chais

PIANO

Born in Tel Aviv, Ari moved to the US five years ago and now attends the L.A. County High School for the Arts. He started playing the piano in second grade, migrating to jazz by fifth grade, and has studied with Bill Cunliffe, Josh Nelson, and currently with Alan Pasqua. He plays with, and composes for, a variety of combos and big bands, has been in the Bill Green Mentorship Program and the Stanford Jazz Institute. He was Merit Winner at the YoungArts Foundation. He is eager to learn about the musical journeys of the Workshop faculty, while deepening his connection to the piano and its important role in jazz.

clay eshleman

PIANO

Hailing from Marietta, GA, Clay started playing the piano when he was three, starting classical lessons at four, and by 12 turned his focus to jazz. He plays in the Eshleman Brothers Trio and also plays gigs with the Rialto Youth Jazz Orchestra and The Classic Quartet. He has participated in the Stanford, UNC, and Juilliard Jazz Workshops, and was awarded the Stanford Jazz “Shape of Jazz to Come Award” and the Stanford Jazz Herb Wong Memorial Scholarship. Drawn in particular to the “no written music” policy of the Workshop, Clayton hopes to develop his listening skills, in addition to the networking opportunities with pros and fellow students alike.

ben feldman

BASS

Born and raised in Seattle, Ben has already played with a plethora of trios, quartets, quintets, sextets and other configurations, including his own quartet. Accepted at both the Berklee Global Jazz Workshop and Jazz at Lincoln Center Summer Jazz Academy, Ben was also a member of the Grammy® Band, a YoungArts honoree, outstanding soloist at Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, and received Outstanding Musician Award at both the Reno Jazz Festival and the Mel Brown Jazz Camp. He looks forward to playing and learning from his highly accomplished fellow students, as well as from the stellar faculty, at the Vail Jazz Workshop.

christopher ferrari

TENOR SAXOPHONE

Based in Littleton, CO, Chris attends Denver School of the Arts (DSA). Chris has played with many combos and ensembles at both the DSA and the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts, as well as various all-state bands, honor bands and the Colorado Youth Symphony Orchestra. His résumé also includes numerous citations for outstanding solo performances and multiple Downbeat Student Music Awards. He hopes that the “ear training” aspects of the Vail Jazz Workshop will challenge his precision, understanding, and articulation of music, and aid him in learning the music in both traditional and nontraditional ways.

geoffrey gallante

TRUMPET

Living in Alexandria, VA, Geoffrey discovered the trumpet at age four and immediately started lessons. Since that time, he has performed on both the Tonight & Today shows, with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, the Philadelphia Brass Quintet, Bucky Pizzarelli, Chris Botti, Christian McBride, John Clayton, James Morrison, Ken Peplowski, and many other notables. He has also performed at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Dizzy’s and Blues Alley, and at the Monterey Jazz Festival with the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra. Among his hopes for the Vail Jazz Workshop are to develop a smoother flow of musical ideas, and to develop natural and meaningful, inviting phrases.

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peter glynn

DRUMS

Maplewood, NJ is home to Peter, who’s been playing drums as long as he can remember. He has performed with a variety of bands including his high school honors wind ensemble and honors jazz ensemble. He was selected as outstanding soloist at the Livingston Jazz Festival, and frequents major NYC jazz venues such as the Vanguard, Jazz Standard and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Peter looks to the Vail Jazz Workshop to expand his understanding of the functions and responsibilities of the drummer in various ensemble settings, and to share that wisdom with other musicians in the future.

anthony golden

BASS

Raised in Golden, Co, Tony grew up in a musical household, picking up electric bass when he was 6. By 7th grade, he was studying at Denver School of the Arts. He received a full scholarship to the Berklee Global Jazz Institute Workshop, has performed at the Newport Jazz Festival, and was the Merit Winner in Jazz Performance at the National YoungArts Foundation. With perfect pitch and a well-honed ear, Tony hopes to further develop his “feel” of the music, facilitating a more relaxed technique, while establishing more connections in the jazz community.

zach guzman mejia

TROMBONE

Largely self taught on the trombone, Zach is from Las Vegas and plays in various jazz and classical musical settings with the Nevada All State jazz groups, college concert bands and private philharmonic youth groups. Zach has played in the Stanford Jazz camp combo, the Las Vegas Youth Orchestra Symphonic Band & Philharmonic, the College of Southern Nevada Concert Band and other ensembles. He hopes the Workshop will improve his listening skills, facilitate chord progressions more easily.

james haddad

TRUMPET

Hailing from Brooklyn, James attends Juilliard PreCollege as a classical trumpet major, and previously attended Manhattan School of Music Precollege as a jazz major. He is a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Orchestra and has attended the Louis Armstrong Jazz Camp, Skidmore Jazz Institute and was in the Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra. He received the YoungArts Merit Award for jazz trumpet and the DownBeat Student Music Award. James hopes the Vail Jazz Workshop will give him greater awareness of what’s happening around him musically, and to become a more responsive contributor with a greater musical vocabulary.

sam keedy

TROMBONE

Born and bred in Greeley, CO to a family of professional musicians, Sam has been studying trombone for half a decade, currently at Denver School of the Arts (DSA). In addition to trombone, he also studies arranging, composition, improvisation and jazz history at the university level. He has played in a variety of ensembles at DSA, the Allstate Jazz Band, and the UNC Greeley Jazz Festival Honor Band. Sam was a Grammy Band finalist and was in Downbeat’s “Best High School Jazz Band,” as well as being selected for the Essentially Ellington Competition. He hopes to work on his listening and reacting skills in the Workshop.

kofi shepsu

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DRUMS

From his home base in Richmond, VA, Kofi began drumming at the age of one on the Djembe, a west African drum. About 10 years ago he was introduced to traditional jazz drumming at the Richmond Youth Jazz Guild. Last year he was awarded a full scholarship to attend Berklee Summer Jazz Workshop. He has played in several Richmond Youth Jazz Guild ensembles, was a YoungArts Jazz Finalist and has performed with many other ensembles including the Appomattox Regional Governor’s School Orchestra. He is excited about being part of the Vail Jazz Workshop due to both the stellar faculty and his peers, and for the lifelong friendships that emanate from the shared Workshop experience.

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downbeat magazine honors vail jazz VAIL JAZZ FOUNDER HOWARD STONE AWARDED THE 2017 JAZZ EDUCATION ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Written by James Kenly

children ages four to twelve and their parents, running in conjunctoin with the Vail Jazz @ The Market performance series. The program is held weekly in July at the Vail Farmers’ Market.

Immediately following the first iteration of the Vail Jazz Party over Labor Day Weekend, John Clayton said to founder Howard Stone, “so we’ll see you next year?” This simple question catalyzed an epiphone, “I think I know how I’m going to spend the rest of my life,” recounts Stone. In the conversation that followed, the pair committed to produce an educational program for high school students to precede and integrate with the Vail Jazz Party. The next year, the Vail Jazz Workshop was born.

When Stone got the call from DownBeat in the spring of 2017 his response was swift, “I’m deeply honored, but I have to be very honest. This is an award that really should go to the educators.”

Now heading into its 22nd session, the Vail Jazz Workshop, still helmed by John Clayton as Director of Education, boasts 250 alumni including luminaries pianist Robert Glasper, saxophonist Grace Kelly, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, saxophonist Terrace Martin and a plethora of the genre’s most reputable young heavyweights. In 2017, the authoritative voice in jazz editorial, DownBeat Magazine, honored Howard Stone, John Clayton and the Vail Jazz Foundation with its prestigious Jazz Education Achievement Award!

On behalf of the Vail Jazz Foundation, we would like to extend the much deserved thanks to our world-class educators! The Vail Jazz Workshop instructors are: John Clayton (Bass, Director of Education), Jeff Clayton (Woodwinds), Terell Stafford (Trumpet), Wycliffe Gordon (Trombone), Bill Cunliffe (Piano), and Lewis Nash (Drums). The Vail Jazz Goes To School instructors are: Tony Gulizia (Piano, Program Director) Joey Gulizia (Drums), Mike Gurciullo (Trumpet), Andy Hall (Bass), Michael Pujado (Percussion), Roger Neumann (Woodwinds). Read more about the Vail 85}. Jazz faculty {PAGE

In addition to the Vail Jazz Workshop, the award recognizes Vail Jazz Goes To School and Jammin’ Jazz Kids which collectively reach over 1,400 students annually. In 1998, Stone and Vail Valley jazz dignitary, Tony Gulizia, created Vail Jazz Goes To School to bring jazz education to every 4th and 5th grader in Eagle County. Jammin’ Jazz Kids is a hands-on instructional clinic for vailjazz.org

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Vail Jazz Goes to School begins its 20th annual program in 2017, a milestone reflected by the nearly 20,000 Eagle County elementary school students who have experienced first-hand how jazz music catalyzes creativity and influences culture. It is a learning experience combining music, history, social studies and the chance to learn about legendary jazz musicians and the eras they inhabited. Led by local jazz dignitary Tony Gulizia, the highly interactive format encourages 4th and 5th graders to “jump in” by playing and experimenting with individual instruments and ensembles.

This unparalleled, innovative program takes an interdisciplinary, hands-on approach to the individual elements of music—melody, harmony, rhythm, structure—and demonstrates how they synthesize to become a cohesive work of art. The classes involve both demonstration and participation, and students are taught key concepts including scales, chords, and improvisation. By the end of the two-year program, the students write original blues lyrics and the instructors perform their pieces at an authentic jazz concert. Studies at Harvard Medical School assert that music training, particularly at an early age, increases the neural connections in regions of the brain associated with creativity, decision making and complex memory. Now, as the earliest of the Vail Valley students touched by this program approach their 30s(!), there is growing evidence supporting the positive impact that a program like Vail Jazz Goes to School may have had on those young, developing minds.

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WE START OUT PLAYING JAZZ FOR THE KIDS, AND BY THE

SECOND CLASS, THEY CAN’T WAIT TO TRY IT FOR THEMSELVES. THEY HEAR IT, THEY FEEL IT, THEY GET IT! -Director of

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Jammin’ Jazz Kids is an engaging and interactive musical experience centered around the FUNdamentals of jazz, where kids watch professional jazz musicians create music and then join in with a variety of percussion instruments—including maracas, congas, bongos, tambourines—playing rhythms and learning the art of improvisation. Stop by and join in this popular (and free!) hands-on activity on Sunday mornings in July at the Vail Farmers’ Market.

what you need to know DATE

Sundays, July 2 - 23

TIME

11:00 AM - Noon Please arrive by 10:45 to register

VENUE

Solaris Plaza {see map on pg. 14}

PARKING / ACCESS

Free parking available at the Vail Village Parking structure.

colorado high school jazz bands Following the 2016 debut of this series, select Colorado high school jazz bands will be the featured openers for the Vail Jazz @ The Market series. Enjoy the rousing sounds and burgeouning talent of the next generation of jazzers. Free performances start at 11:00am on the following dates: JULY 30 EAST HIGH SCHOOL 6TH HOUR JAZZ COMBO directed by Keith Oxman AUGUST 6

KENT DENVER JAZZ COMBO directed by Stephen Holley

AUGUST 13

COLORADO CONSERVATORY FOR THE JAZZ ARTS directed by Paul Romaine

AUGUST 20 DENVER SCHOOL OF THE ARTS directed by Dave Hammond

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star-studded and sold out! MEMORIES FROM THE 2017 VAIL JAZZ WINTER SERIES Written by Owen Hutchinson Through a newly established partnership with the Sonnenalp Hotel, Vail Jazz presented four spectacular concerts at Ludwig’s Terrace throughout the winter of 2017. Transforming into an enchanting alpine listening room for Vail Jazz events, Ludwig’s is a pop-up jazz club like no other. This experience combines two obvious delights, exquisite dining and breathtaking performances. The series featured contemporary sounds by third generation Cuban jazz pianist Chuchito Valdes as well as longtime Vail favorite Brazilian guitarist Diego Figueiredo in his new duo format with Italian vocalist Chiara Izzi. Nicki Parrott and Professor Cunningham delivered rousing vignettes of jazz music’s past, with Parrott’s tribute to the life and music of the great Peggy Lee, and Cunningham’s review of the the Jazz Age with his all-star quintet of NYC ringers. Two elegant evenings of music in luxurious Lake Creek residences brought upscale intrigue to the series, both high points of winter offerings. Known as Vail Jazz Soirées, intimate in-home events showcased the talents of saxophone colossus Eric Alexander and stars of Western Swing, Katie Glassman and the Snapshot Trio. Each of the six events were completely sold-out, welcoming many friends and faces of Vail’s winter scene into Vail Jazz’s community of listeners, supporters and regular attendees. With stunning reviews from all parties involved, the series will launch with an equal, if not greater, number of events in Winter 2018. Great skiing, world-class jazz, the charm of Vail Village during the winter months—the combination just makes sense!

(pictured top to bottom: Chuchito Valdés, Eric Alexander, and Diego Figueiredo with Chiara Izzi) vailjazz.org

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vail jazz party artists ernie adams

DRUMS

One of the most popular and highly regarded musicians in Chicago, with more than 100 recordings to his credit, percussionist, drummer, composer, producer and educator Ernie Adams is renowned for his mastery of a wide variety of drumming styles. Known for his exceptional timing, solid groove and brilliant technique, he has performed and recorded with many of the world’s great musicians. He has been a Jazz Mentor at Ravinia since 1995 and has been tutoring & mentoring young drummers and percussionists in the Chicago public schools for more than 20 years. He has performed, recorded and toured with Ramsey Lewis, Al Di Meola, Joe Williams, Arturo Sandoval, Dianne Reeves, Nancy Wilson, Mike Stern, James Moody, Slide Hampton, Clark Terry and many others.

adam arruda

DRUMS

Toronto-born and Brooklyn-based, Adam quickly established himself in the drum world at age 5, while studying at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. By his teenage years he was already actively working on the local scene and for 8 consecutive years received the prestigious Zildjian Outstanding Young Drummer and Combo Drummer Award and played in the Yamaha All Star Band. He attended the Vail Jazz Workshop (2007), was a Brubeck Institute Fellow and performed in the Grammy® Jazz Big Band. He has studied with Taylor Eigsti, Geoff Keezer, Ray Drummond and has played with James Moody, Phil Woods, Tom Scott and many others.

jacob christoffersen

PIANO

Danish-based pianist and composer, Jacob teaches at the esteemed Rytmisk Musikkonservatorium in Copenhagen and has released four albums on the most prominent jazz label in Denmark, Stunt Records. He is a regular at Danish jazz clubs, with his own group and in support of numerous singers including the fast-rising vocalist Sinne Eeg. He has also performed with Curtis Stigers, James Moody, Kenny Washington, Gregory Hutchinson, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Billy Hart, John Abercrombie, Jimmy Cobb, Billy Hart, Joey Baron, the DR Big Band, and many others. In 2013, he received the prestigious Ben Webster Honorary Prize.

jeff clayton

ALTO SAXOPHONE

Alto saxophonist and multi-reed instrumentalist, Jeff co-leads both the Grammy®-nominated Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra and the Clayton Brothers Quintet. In demand as both touring and studio musician, he has recorded with Stevie Wonder, Kurt Elling, Gladys Knight, Kenny Rogers, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Michael Jackson, Patti Labelle, Madonna and Earth, Wind & Fire. He also toured with Gene Harris, Ray Brown, Dianne Reeves, Joe Cocker, B.B.King and Ray Charles, and has worked with Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Ella Fitzgerald, Woody Herman, Lionel Hampton and Lena Horne. Jeff is a recipient of the L.A.Jazz Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award. This is his 20th year teaching at the Vail Jazz Workshop.

john clayton

BASS

By age 16, John was studying bass with Ray Brown, and by age 19 the Grammy® winner and 8-time Grammy® nominee became the bassist for Henry Mancini’s television series. After tours with Monty Alexander and Count Basie, the LA native moved to Amsterdam and was principal bassist in the Amsterdam Philharmonic for five years. Equally praised for his composing/arranging as for his thoughtful bass playing, John has written and arranged for Diana Krall, Quincy Jones, Paul McCartney, and Natalie Cole. He is co-leader of the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra and the Clayton Brothers Quintet, a board member of the Vail Jazz Foundation, and has been Vail Jazz’s Director of Education for the past 22 years.

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bill cunliffe

PIANO

Equally in demand as arranger, composer and performer, Grammy®-winning pianist Bill Cunliffe began his career as pianist/arranger with the Buddy Rich Big Band and worked with Frank Sinatra, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Benny Golson and James Moody. He has since established himself as a solo artist and bandleader, with more than a dozen albums under his name. He won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Award, has received five Grammy® nominations and is a 2-time Emmy® nominee. Bill has written numerous film scores and currently plays with his trio, his big band, his Latin band and his classical-jazz ensemble. This is Bill’s 22nd year teaching at the Vail Jazz Workshop.

adrian cunningham

TENOR SAXOPHONE, CLARINET + FLUTE

After last year’s highly acclaimed Vail Jazz debut, Adrian returns with sax, clarinet & flute as one of Australia’s top musical exports. Now based in NYC where he is a fixture on the jazz scene, he has performed at many prestigious clubs and festivals with such luminaries as Wynton Marsalis, Wycliffe Gordon, Bucky Pizzarelli, Chris Potter, René Marie, Ken Peplowski, Diego Figueiredo and many others. He can be heard on the soundtracks for Boardwalk Empire and The Aviator, in addition to his seven albums and several DVDs. Adrian plays regularly with the Adrian Cunningham Quartet and is one of the most in-demand freelancers in jazz music.

graham dechter

GUITAR

An LA native, Graham discovered his passion for guitar at the Idyllwild Arts Academy in California and began pursuing his calling for a life in jazz. Upon graduation, he entered the Jazz Studies program at the Eastman School of Music and, after just one year there and at only 19 years old Graham accepted Jeff Hamilton’s invitation to move into the guitar seat in the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, which led to eight years of worldwide touring. His credits include work with Michael Bublé, Eliane Elias, Bucky Pizzarelli, Larry Goldings, Kurt Elling, Regina Carter, Benny Green, Wycliffe Gordon, Terell Stafford, Wynton Marsalis and many others.

ec3

DRUMS

Also known as Ernest Coleman III, EC3 is a drummer and percussionist, as well as a producer, arranger and clinician/educator. After working his way into the Las Vegas jazz scene, he performed with Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett and has subsequently served as musical director for a number of Las Vegas productions. As a rare “conductor behind the drums,” he has performed with the Las Vegas Symphony, the Caesars Palace Orchestra, has opened for Bill Cosby, Jay Leno, Whoopi Goldberg, and has worked with Kenny Burrell, Joe Williams, Laurindo Almeida and others. He studied principally with Billy Higgins and has released four recordings as band leader.

sinne eeg

VOCALS

Sinne is considered among the best female jazz vocalists currently in Scandinavia. A native of Denmark, she has composed many of her own songs and has won the Danish Music Awards prize for three of her albums; she was also the first vocalist to win the prestigious Ben Webster Prize. She regularly performs in Copenhagen and has toured in Europe, Japan, China and the US, and performed with the DR Big Band at the celebration for the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

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james francies

PIANO

jerohn garnett

BASS

Houston native, now NYC based, James is the youngest recipient of the American Federation of Musicians President’s Youth Award, DownBeat Magazine twice awarded him for Composition and Jazz Arrangement and his band opened for the legendary Jazz Crusaders reunion. He attended the Vail Jazz Workshop (2012) and has since performed and/or toured with Jeff “Tain” Watts, Stefon Harris, Robert Glasper, Bobby Watson, Joe Lovano, Houston Person, Arturo Sandoval, Joel Frahm, Terell Stafford and others. He has been a member of the Grammy® Jazz Session Combo, The Next Generation Jazz Orchestra and can be seen occasionally on The Tonight Show.

Born and raised in LA, Jerohn began playing drums at the age of three at his local church. Influenced by a host of great Gospel drummers, Jerohn has achieved equal renown as a bass player and producer. He has performed with Mariah Carey, Patti LaBelle, Justin Bieber, Natalie Cole and many others, and has also logged appearances on the Grammy® Awards, The Tonight Show, The Late Show, Oprah, and Ellen. Jerohn appeared in the movies Dream Girls and Church and is currently playing with jazz saxophonist Gerald Albright.

wycliffe gordon

TROMBONE

Proficient on a wide range of instruments—too numerous to mention—Wycliffe Gordon picked up the trombone at 12 and today is the most highly awarded musician on the instrument, traveling the world playing and composing hard-swinging, straight-ahead jazz. With 28 albums as a leader, and many others as a sideman, he has won the Jazz Journalists Association Award for Trombonist of the Year eight times. He has performed with a long roster of VIP jazzers including Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Tommy Flanagan, Shirley Horn, Billy Taylor and was a member of the Wynton Marsalis Septet. Widely known for his commitment to jazz education, Wycliffe is a founding faculty member of the Jazz Studies Program at The Juilliard School. This is his sixth year as an instructor at the Vail Jazz Workshop.

h2 big band

CO-LED BY AL HOOD AND DAVE HANSON

No strangers to the Vail Jazz audience, the H2 Big Band is still remembered for its dynamic, exhilarating performances in its tributes to Frank Sinatra in 2015 and Count Basie in 2016. H2 is a world-class ensemble of 17 musicians under the Denver-based co-leadership of trumpeter Al Hood and pianist Dave Hanson, featuring energetic arrangements performed with world-class precision. This year the H2 Big Band will play a tribute to Frank Sinatra during a special event on August 11th, and will return for the Vail Jazz Party.

jeff hamilton

DRUMS

Jeff began playing the drums in Indiana at eight, and today is featured with some of the top names in jazz and pop, on more than 200 records, over 20 of which have received Grammy® nominations! He performs and records internationally with his own trio and as co-leader of the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. Early engagements included the New Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Lionel Hampton’s Band, and Woody Herman before joining the Monty Alexander Trio. He has performed regularly with Ella Fitzgerald, The Count Basie Orchestra, Natalie Cole, John Pizzarelli, Barbra Streisand, George Shearing and Diana Krall.

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niki haris

VOCALS

Singer, songwriter, arranger, dancer and choreographer, Niki’s dynamic performances reflect her comfort in the spotlight. A native of Michigan, she has worked with Dianne Reeves, Nancy Wilson, David Sanborn, Michael Sembello, Leann Rimes, Santana, Luther Vandross, Stanley Turrentine, The Righteous Brothers, Anita Baker, Mick Jagger and Whitney Houston. She toured and recorded for 18 years with Madonna and appeared in several Madonna videos and the documentary Truth or Dare. Additional collaborations have included work with Ray Charles, Prince, Julian Lennon, Tom Jones, as well as choreography for MTV Awards and several television series and films.

colin hogan

PIANO

tommy igoe

DRUMS

Equally at home on piano, synthesizers and accordion, Colin has performed with James Moody, Peter Erskine, Bob Brookmeyer, Roy Ayers, Maria Schneider, a variety of hip-hop luminaries, as well as electric bass revolutionary Larry Graham. Pianist and featured accordion soloist with the Tommy Igoe Big Band in its San Francisco incarnation, Colin is also involved in a variety of jazz, funk, fusion, hip-hop and experimental music projects.

New Jersey native, now based in SF, Tommy began drumming before the age of 2, started classical piano at 10, and by his high school years was routinely winning percussion competitions and awards. He served as principal drummer and conductor for Disney’s epic Broadway production of “The Lion King”, and has played drums on three Grammy®-winning recordings, winning Modern Drummer’s Reader’s Poll as World’s #1 Jazz Drummer. He has created two big band residency programs, running simultaneously in NY and SF, the former enjoying sell-out crowds over 10 years of weekly performances as The Birdland Big Band.

tyrone jackson

PIANO

Tyrone’s New Orleans roots are reflected by the spirit of his playing, which blends jazz, funk and Afro-Caribbean influences. Among his most influential teachers were gospel legend Moses Hogan, Kevin Bales and Ellis Marsalis. Equally at home as an accompanist, soloist and improviser, he has performed with Earl Klugh, Melba Moore, Wynton Marsalis, David Sanchez, Russell Malone, Marcus Miller, and has opened for Esperanza Spaulding, Gerald Albright, Spyro Gyra and many others.

raviv markovitz

BASS

NYC-based Vail Jazz Workshop alum (2008), Raviv has become a fixture on the New York jazz scene. He placed highly in the International Society of Bassists Jazz Bass Competition as well as in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Bass Competition. He was a member of the Grammy® band and has toured and performed across the US, in Europe, Central America and Asia. Raviv has performed with leading jazz artists such as Joe Lovano, Marcus Roberts, Cassandra Wilson, Matt Wilson, Makoto Ozone and Jimmy Heath.

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butch miles

DRUMS

As drummer for the world-famous Count Basie Orchestra for many years, Butch quickly became renowned for his swinging big band style, exacting technique and exuberant stage personna. He has performed at every major jazz festival in the world, including the JVC Jazz Festival for more than 40 years. He has recorded more than 100 albums and has performed on four Grammy®-winning recordings and has played with Dave Brubeck, Ella Fitzgerald, Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra, Mel Tormé, Tony Bennett, Lena Horne, Gerry Mulligan and many others. He played a Royal Command Performance for Her Majesty the Queen of England and has appeared on “60 Minutes,” as well as many shows hosted by Johnny Carson, Merv Griffin, Dick Cavett, Mike Douglas, and Jerry Lewis.

james morrison

TRUMPET + TROMBONE

A native of Australia, James is a composer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist, playing piano, all brass instruments, saxophones and bass, seemingly with equal facility. He formed his first band at 9 and by 13 was playing professionally in nightclubs. He made his US debut at 16 at the Monterey Jazz Festival and since then has performed at clubs and jazz festivals the world over, with jazz legends Dizzy Gillespie, Cab Calloway, Woody Shaw, Red Rodney, George Benson, Ray Charles, B.B.King, Ray Brown and Wynton Marsalis, among many others. He has given six Royal Command performances for Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, and has performed for Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama, in addition to composing and performing the Opening Fanfare of the Olympic Games in Sydney.

lewis nash

DRUMS

A native of Phoenix, Lewis performed with local bands while attending Arizona State University, and soon after was performing with legends like Sonny Stitt, Art Pepper, Lee Konitz, Barney Kessell and Red Garland when their tours brought them to town. In addition to his ten years with Tommy Flanagan’s trio, Lewis has also performed or recorded with Oscar Peterson, J.J.Johnson, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Benny Carter, Clark Terry, Jim Hall and Ray Brown. With contributions to more than 300 albums, Lewis also leads his own groups from duo to septet and is highly sought after as a jazz educator; this is his 16th year teaching at the Vail Jazz Workshop.

dick oatts

ALTO SAXOPHONE

Brought up in a musical family in Iowa, Dick began his career in Minneapolis before a move to NYC where he joined the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra. Since then he has performed, recorded and/or toured with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Fred Hersch, Joe Lovano, Kenny Wheeler, Paquito D’Rivera, Terell Stafford, Tito Puente and many others. He has also accompanied such vocalists as Joe Williams, Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Tormé, Luther Vandross and James Taylor. Dick is also a noted jazz educator and much-in-demand clinician throughout the US, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. He has also served as an instructor at the Vail Jazz Workshop for the 2015 and 2016 seasons.

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Based in San Francisco, Mike’s experience crosses many musical lines and has included stints with Lavay Smith and her Rod Hot Skillet Lickers, Pete Escovedo, Brass Mafia, The Jazz Mafia Hip Hop Symphony, The Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra and many others. A frequent performer at top jazz venues, he has played at the San Francisco Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Playboy Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, New Orleans Jazz Festival and others. His lengthy list of performing credits includes Etta James, Rosemary Clooney, Roy Ayers, Seal, Mary Stallings, Michael Feinstein, The Cab Calloway Orchestra, Michael Brecker and The Tommy Igoe Big Band (San Francisco). 23rd Annual Vail Jazz Festival


dewayne pate

BASS

Bay-area bassist and instructor, Dewayne began his career in the Los Angeles area, playing with several notable guitar players before returning to San Francisco. In his genre-crossing career he has performed with a variety of well-known artists in jazz, pop, soul, blues, rock and roll, funk, gospel, and country music. In addition to his work with The Tommy Igoe Big Band (San Francisco), he has recently toured with Arturo Sandoval, Huey Lewis & The News, Boz Scaggs, Maria Muldaur, Robben Ford, Pat Benatar, Tracy Nelson, Pete Escovedo, Ray Obiedo, Nelson Rangell, Charlie Musselwhite, Henry Butler, Bettye LaVette and many others. Dewayne is also a columnist for Bassics Magazine and has a series of acclaimed bass instructional videos.

tony peebles

TENOR SAXOPHONE

Oakland-based saxophonist and teacher, Tony is a founding member of the Grammy®-winning Pacific Mambo Orchestra and has toured widely throughout Europe, Africa, and the Americas. Comfortable in multiple musical genres, he recently toured with reggae legend Don Carlos and New Zealand-based Katchafire. In addition, he has performed with Fred Wesley, Lenny Williams, Kenny Washington, John Lee Hooker, Karl Perazzo of Santana and Doc Severinsen, as well as The Tommy Igoe Big Band (San Francisco).

christian pepin

PERCUSSION

Born in Puerto Rico and descended from multiple generations of musicians, Christian moved to San Francisco in 2012 where he recorded on the Grammy®-winning Pacific Mambo Orchestra recording. Expert in jazz, Latin, Salsa and other world music idioms, he has toured extensively while improvising on drums, timbales, congas and bongo for such artists as Poncho Sanchez, Nestor Torres, Tito Puente, Pete Escovedo, Steve Turre, Sheila E., as well as the Spanish Harlem Orchestra and Tommy Igoe (big band and sextet). He is also a sought after instructor in the Bay Area.

ken peplowski

CLARINET + TENOR SAXOPHONE

terell stafford

TRUMPET

Ken had his first professional engagement while still in elementary school in Cleveland--playing clarinet in a Polka band. He also taught at the local music store and played in the family band. After a year of college, he joined the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and shortly thereafter Benny Goodman put together a new band featuring Ken on tenor saxophone. Today, his appearances run the gamut from small local clubs and jazz parties to the Hollywood Bowl, headlining in Las Vegas and a wide variety of US and European festivals and clubs. He has recorded more than 50 CDs as a soloist and close to 400 as a sideman, collaborating with Mel Tormé, Leon Redbone, Petty Lee, Madonna, George Shearing, Hank Jones and many others.

Terell picked up the trumpet at 13 and pursued his training in both classical and jazz trumpet. His career was launched in the early ‘90s when he recorded and performed with Bobby Watson’s quintet, Horizon, a band he continues to play with today. Over the past 20 years, he has performed with the Clayton Brothers Quintet, Bill Cunliffe, Cedar Walton, Herbie Mann and Matt Wilson. Grammy® winner and 7-time nominee, Terell has released seven albums of his own and appeared on more than 130 others. He is a long-time member of the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, is the Director of Jazz Studies and Chair of Instrumental Studies at Temple University and is Managing and Artistic Director of the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia. This is Terell’s 21st year teaching at the Vail Jazz Workshop. vailjazz.org

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byron stripling

TRUMPET, VOCALS

Born in Atlanta, the son of a classical singer, Byron came to prominence as lead trumpeter and soloist with the Count Basie Orchestra. He has played with the bands of Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman, Lionel Hampton, and Clark Terry, as well as the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band. An accomplished actor and singer, Byron is a pops orchestra favorite for his crowd-pleasing programs focusing on Louis Armstrong, Mardi Gras, swing, ragtime and blues, having soloed with the Boston Pops, Pittsburgh Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Toronto Symphony and others. Byron has also been a featured soloist at the Hollywood Bowl and on the PBS television special “Evening at Pops” with conductor John Williams.

curtis taylor

TRUMPET

Curtis took up the trumpet at ten and, on the encouragement of his Bedford, OH school band instructor, soon joined the jazz ensemble. Already a standout in high school, Curtis attended the Vail Jazz Workshop in 2001, then completed his B.A. in Jazz Studies at Michigan State University and later earned his Master’s at Rutgers University. Since that time the multiple Grammy® nominee has performed and recorded with Billy Childs, Winard Harper, Antonio Hart, and also with Cyrus Chestnut including a performance at Kennedy Center recorded for NPR’s Jazzset. He has also toured internationally with James Carter’s Quintet, including a weeklong engagement at Yoshi’s in California. More recently, Curtis has performed and recorded with noted jazz vocalist Gregory Porter on several albums, where his trumpet work helped shepherd a Grammy® to Porter for Best Jazz Vocal Album.

akiko tsuruga

B-3 ORGAN

Osaka-born Akiko began playing the organ at age 3 and launched her career in jazz immediately after graduating from the Osaka College of Music. While living in Osaka she had the opportunity to play with numerous jazz legends such as Roy Hargrove, Jeff “Tain” Watts, and Grady Tate. Now a mainstay of the NYC jazz scene for more than a decade, she is a regular and crowd favorite at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola in Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Blue Note, Birdland, the Green Mill in Chicago and Yoshi’s in Oakland.

ken walker

BASS

Ken started playing bass when he was a student at Arkansas Tech University and later moved to Denver to begin a 12-year tenure as house bassist at Denver’s legendary jazz club El Chapultepec. Today, Ken is first-call bassist for the Rocky Mountain region and has played with such notable artists as Eddie Harris, Joe Pass, Kenny Barron, Houston Person, Phil Woods, Randy Brecker, Nat Adderley, Freddie Hubbard, Slide Hampton and many others. He has toured in Canada, Italy and Australia and has performed at many jazz festivals and venues throughout the US, and he has received numerous accolades for his own release and for his work as a sideman on a number of CDs. He has been on the faculty of the Lamont School of Music (University of Denver) since 1991, where he teaches jazz bass and coaches a number of combos.

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A Vail Jazz Workshop alum (1999), Greg was born in Peoria, IL, and has been active in both the Chicago and NYC jazz scenes. Also noted for his composing, Greg has penned several pieces for the International Contemporary Ensemble, has composed for the Peoria Ballet Company and was commissioned for a composition by the Jazz Institute of Chicago. He has produced a number of adventurous, widely praised recordings as a bandleader and composer and, more recently, Greg was commissioned by NYC’s Jazz Gallery to write a visionary multimedia piece for septet inspired by the life and work of renowned artist & sculptor, Preston Jackson. 23rd Annual Vail Jazz Festival


vail jazz faculty VAIL JAZZ WORKSHOP

john clayton

DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, BASS INSTRUCTOR

John has directed the Workshop since its inception in 1996, and has been a major creative and educational force for the 250 graduates. A devoted educator, John was formerly president of the International Bassists Society, Artistic Director of the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, Sarasota Jazz Festival and Centrum Jazz Workshop, and teaches at the Berklee College of Music. (see full bio pg. 78)

jeff clayton

SAXOPHONE INSTRUCTOR

Jeff has been instrumental in the Workshop over its development. A dedicated educator, Jeff has taught Jazz Studies at UCLA from 1998-2002 and at USC from 2000-2004, and has numerous jazz camps and clinics to his credit including the Stanford Jazz Camp, University of Notre Dame, and Port Townsend. Jeff and his brother John were nominated Educators of the Year in Jazz Times Magazine in 2005. (see full bio pg. 78)

bill cunliffe

PIANO INSTRUCTOR

Bill has taught at the Workshop for 22 years, since its inception. He is Professor of Music at California State University Fullerton, where he was honored as “Distinguished Faculty Member” in 2010, and has taught at numerous institutions, workshops and clinics including the Skidmore Jazz Institute and Temple University. (see full bio pg. 79)

wycliffe gordon

TROMBONE INSTRUCTOR

Wycliffe has taught at the Workshop for six years. He is one of the nation’s foremost music educators having held positions at Juilliard School of Music, Michigan State University and currently at Manhattan School of Music in the Jazz Arts Program. (see full bio pg. 80)

lewis nash

DRUMS INSTRUCTOR

Lewis has taught at the Workshop for 16 years. A noted educator, having served on the faculty of the Juilliard School of Music, and recently joined the faculty of Arizona State University as the Bob and Gretchen Ravenscroft Professor of Practice in Jazz. The Nash, a nonprofit educational center in Phoenix, AZ, was founded in 2012 and named in his honor. (see full bio pg. 82)

terell stafford

TRUMPET INSTRUCTOR

Terell has been an instructor at the Vail Jazz Workshop for 21 years. He is the Director of Jazz Studies and Chair of Instrumental Studies at Temple University, and has conducted workshops and clinics with the Monk Institute, Juilliard Jazz Seminar, Jazz at Lincoln Center and Stanford Jazz Workshop, among many others. (see full bio pg. 83)

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tony gulizia

DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, PIANO/KEYBOARDS INSTRUCTOR

joey gulizia

PERCUSSION INSTRUCTOR

Tony, a local jazz legend and a noted music educator, is the curriculum director of Vail Jazz Goes to School and leads the Vail Jazz Goes to School Sextet. Known the world over as “Tony G,” he has been playing jazz for decades, gigging locally and internationally, teaching in schools and hosting a radio program Jazz at Its Peak. Tony received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Nebraska in 1997 and has worked for the Nebraska Arts Council and Mid American Arts Alliance presenting ‘Artists in School’ residences. Tony also leads the Jammin’ Jazz Kids program.

Joey is a professional musician who has been performing since childhood. By the age of 10, he was drumming regularly with his father Joe Gulizia Sr. and brother Tony. Along with performing and entertaining, Joey has been involved in music education for over 30 years. He has conducted hundreds of residencies, workshops and clinics for students of all ages. He has been inducted into the “Nebraska Music Hall of Fame” and has received the “Excellence in Education” award by the Governor of Nebraska. Joey’s traveled extensively, and music has taken him to many places internationally and throughout the US, including all 50 states. He is currently artist in residence at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

mike gurciullo

TRUMPET INSTRUCTOR

Mike was the lead trumpet player for the Wayne Newton Orchestra, and also played “the stars” in the major showrooms on the Vegas Strip. In 2004, Mike founded the Las Vegas Big Band and continues to entertain people with his big band shows. Now based in his hometown of Omaha, NE, Mike has a steady gig with his big band at Anthony’s Steakhouse. He travels all over the country presenting jazz shows and clinics. His first CD was titled, “The Other Half Of Me.” He is currently recording his second CD “What Kind Of Fool Am I” which will be out later this year.

andy hall

BASS INSTRUCTOR

Andy is a professional bassist performing on both the double bass and bass guitar. He has performed and recorded with the Gulizia Brothers and many other groups and artists including Jay McShann, Chuck Berry, Ed Shaughnessy, Marilyn Maye and The Nebraska Jazz Orchestra. Andy is currently the Jazz bass instructor at the University of Nebraska, Omaha. He spends time performing and teaching at Jazz workshops and camps, and has taught in Japan, Germany and Denmark. He also works as a fellow clinician with Tony and Joey Gulizia at Reggie Schive’s Jazz Camp and in the Nebraska Artists in Schools program.

roger neumann

SAXOPHONE INSTRUCTOR

michael pujado

PERCUSSION INSTRUCTOR

Roger is a native of Spencer, Iowa and resides in the Los Angeles, CA area. Since 1983, Roger has served as a clinician at Reggie Schive’s Jazz Camp. He not only performs on saxophone, clarinet, and flute, but also works as a composer and arranger, receiving the LA Jazz Society’s 2002 Composer/Arranger Award. In 2012, Roger also received the LA Jazz Society’s Jazz Educator Award. Roger recently returned from a European tour with the Gulizia Brothers.

Originally from Chile, Michael came to the USA in 1989 as an exchange student. Although his formal training was on the piano, Michael realized soon after he arrived in the US that he had exceptional talent playing percussion. He plays with numerous bands in the Omaha, NE area, where he currently resides.

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VAIL JAZZ WORKSHOP DIRECTOR WING MAYER LOOKS BACK ON 15 YEARS OF FOSTERING JAZZ MUSIC'S LEGENDS Written by James Kenly Austin “Wing” Mayer is renowned as a business strategy and valuation enhancement consultant to the likes of Apple, Intel and Pfizer for the last 25 years, but here in the Vail Valley, Wing is a resident jazz aficionado. As Workshop Director and Contributing Editor with the Vail Jazz Foundation, his work led to two Hermes Creative Awards for Best Overall Publication and helped Vail Jazz earn Downbeat Magazine’s 2017 Jazz Education Achievement Award. As we head into the 23rd summer of jazz in the Vail Valley, the Vail Jazz team is thrilled to recognize the hard work and dedication of Wing Mayer. Twenty-three years ago, Wing was living in Aspen when he heard that the legendary Dick Gibson Labor Day Jazz Party was returning to Vail. He bought a ticket, drove over Independence Pass and has only missed one Vail Jazz Party since. Several years later he relocated to Vail, traveling the country and the world as a management consultant by day and moonlighting as an integral part of the Vail community, helping to establish the Vail Jazz Party as a one-of-a-kind event for artists and fans alike. In 2002, he began assisting with the Vail Jazz Workshop, and in 2005 he took the baton as the Workshop Director. This summer will mark his 15th year with the Workshop and the impact of his influence is demonstrated in the quality of an alumni network that includes Grammy® winners, Tonight Show band members and award-winning educators among its ranks. “It’s understood that a guy like John Clayton can play the bass and teach a bass lesson at the highest level, but when you witness the way that he listens, demonstrates and coaches - that’s what really makes the difference,” Wing says. “Watching the transformation in these students over such a short period of time is incredibly rewarding.” {CONT’D PG. 90}

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In 2011, Vail Jazz founder Howard Stone dubbed the venue for the Late Night Jam Sessions of the Vail Jazz Party, “Wing’s Place” in appreciation for his years of dedication to the Workshop. Over Labor Day Weekend, the First Chair Cafe at the Vail Marriott is transformed into “Wing’s Place,” an alpine jazz club, and is the final highlight of the program for students. Trading fours and riffing alongside their jazz heroes, the students sit in with legends of the genre—the headliners of the Vail Jazz Party. “The kids are shaking as they walk up there, but they deliver,” observes Wing, “and the audience loves it!” The Vail Valley is a special place to live for so many reasons—the natural landscape, the culinary offerings, and cultural organizations like Vail Jazz among them. It is the contribution by truly passionate individuals like Wing Mayer, that maintains and evolves this experience. Heading into his 15th year with the Workshop and 6th as Contributing Editor of the Vail Jazz Festival Program, Wing’s fingerprints are indelible on the fabric of the Vail Jazz Foundation and the Vail community at large.

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ways to support Since the beginning, two things have always remained the same at Vail Jazz: world-class musicianship and superior educational programming. Vail Jazz’s ability to share the incredible sounds and stories of jazz with more than 20,000 attendees each year is dependent on the support of individual donors, local businesses and granting foundations. With the sale of tickets covering only a quarter of the budget, consider making a tax-deductible contribution that directly supports the work of Vail Jazz and the cultural development of the Vail community. Whether you are considering a gift of $10 or $10,000, know that your contribution directly allows Vail Jazz to share jazz with the next generation of musicians, listeners and enthusiasts. DO YOU LOVE THE MUSIC? MAKE A GIFT

Singers that swing, trumpets that soar, saxes that… well, you the get the idea. If you are moved by the power and beauty of jazz music, consider making a contribution to Vail Jazz today.

UNDERWRITE A PERFORMANCE

From John Pizzarelli, to Diana Krall, to Gregory Porter, we’ve brought them all. Each of the 70+ performances presented each year is made possible by underwriters who believe in showcasing and perpetuating the artistry and talent of great jazz musicians.

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By advertising in the Vail Jazz Festival or Vail Jazz Winter Series program books, you can support the musical programs you love while gaining incredible exposure for your business. With an audience of fine diners, world travelers, and luxury lifestyle enthusiasts, our audience is an ideal clientele to connect with via advertising.

UNDERWRITE A WORKSHOP SCHOLARSHIP

The twelve openings each year in the Vail Jazz Workshop are among the most coveted opportunities in the nation for aspiring young jazz musicians. At the price of $5,000 per student, join the dedicated group of Vail Jazz supporters who fund this life-changing experience, giving students from all backgrounds a chance to realize their musical potential.

PERPETUATE THE LEGACY

Consider including Vail Jazz in your estate and financial planning to ensure that future generations of students and listeners have access to remarkable jazz performances and educational programs in the Vail Valley.

IN-KIND GIFTS

Although monetary contributions are an essential source of funding for Vail Jazz, in-kind gifts of housing, food and beverage, advertising space, or silent auction items are wonderful ways to provide much needed support for the wide range of programs that Vail Jazz produces each year.

MAKE YOUR TAX-DEDUCTIBLE CONTRIBUTION AT VAILJAZZ.ORG OR BY CALLING 970.479.6146 To learn more about supporting Vail Jazz, please visit vailjazz.org or contact Owen Hutchinson at 970.479.6146 or ohutchinson@vailjazz.org.

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Vail Jazz’s 2016 year end revenue by the numbers:


thank you to our generous donors The team at Vail Jazz extends its most sincere thanks to the generous donors and supporters who make our performances and educational programs possible. This list represents donors from Janurary 1, 2016 through June 10, 2017. We have carefully reviewed the names that are listed. However, if you find an error or omission, please accept our apologies and contact us us at 970.479.6146 so that we may correct our records.

platinum presenter

grand patron

Howard & Cathy Stone Town of Vail

Charlie & Amy Allen Todger & Shannon Anderson Sandra Brown Andy Arnold & Ann Newman Shep Barbash Lee & Susan Berk Doe Browning Michael Byram & Ann Becher Smead Erik & Debbie Carlson Peter Elliott Robert & Helen Howard Barbara Krichbaum & Kent Erickson Wing & Maureen Mayer Vanessa Morgan & Robert Quillin Bill & Kay Morton Amy & Jay Regan Slifer Smith & Frampton Found. Charles Steinmetz & Margery Pabst Oscar Tang & Dr. Agnes Hsu Tang Vail Chamber & Business Assoc.

{$50K AND ABOVE}

gold presenter

{$25K AND ABOVE} Robert & Gretchen Ravenscroft

silver presenter {$10K AND ABOVE}

Alpine Bank Tom & Jill Chinn Kathy Cole James & Janet Dulin Rob & Debbie Ford Nancy Gage & Allan Finney Judson & Joyce Green Jay & Karen Johnson Charles & Irmgard Lipcon Bill & Shirley McIntyre Oscar & Didi Schafer Les & Madeline Stern Carole Watters Glen & Margaret Wood

bronze presenter {$5K AND ABOVE}

Joe & Jeanne Brandmeyer Don Brownstein & Lisa Tannebaum Harry & Carol Cebron Kevin & Sally Clair Colorado Creative Industries Garret & Leslie Davies Fred Frailey & Cathie Bennett Joan Francis Dr. Glen & Connie Hatcher Mike & Karen Herman JoAnn Hickey Paul & Joyce Krasnow Jenelle Krissel Merv & Laine Lapin Bettan Laughlin Andy Littman & Tina Nielsen Karen & Walter Loewenstern Laura & Jim Marx Steven & Carolyn Pope Larry & Pat Stewart Paula & Will Verity George & Betsy Wiegers

{$2,500 AND ABOVE}

patron

{$1,000 AND ABOVE} James & Juliana Bancroft Jocelyn Boyer Brush Creek Elementary School Ron & Lucy Davis John Dayton Eagle Valley Elementary School Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Found. Harry & Susan Frampton Morris & Mikki Futernick Tom & Diane Gates Donna Giordano Daniel & Sue Hagler Mike & Emy Halpert Simon Hamui Phil Harris Marie Harrison & Donald Cameron John & Vera Hathaway Martha Head Allan & Kathy Hubbard Mitch Karlin & Diane Pitt Tim & Barbara Kelley Gaspar & Irene Lazzara David & Nance Lodge Jeanne & Dale Mosier James Palermo Donna Pariseau Bill Pierce George & Janine Quint Drew & Patti Rader

Red Hill Elementary School Red Sandstone Elementary School Howard & Barbara Rothenberg Douglas & Dhuanne Tansill Patrick Tierney & Argie Ligeros United Way of Eagle River Valley Vail Resorts Epic Promise Norm & Margot Welch Craig & Jeanne White Mike & Donna Wolsted Deb Woodward

aficionado

{$500 AND ABOVE} Joyce Abbott Barbara Abell Genevieve & John Anderson Avon Elementary School Stan & Bonnie Beard Liz Cronin David Cross Carolyn Curry Brian & Kathy Doyle Pete & Lucy Dunning Eagle County Charter Academy eat! drink! Edwards Elementary School Gary & Peggy Finefrock Jim & Cookie Flaum Robert & Susan Gadomski Pepi & Sheika Gramshammer Steve & Hellen Gubin Terry & Tina Halverson George & Jean Hearne Becky Hernreich Joseph & Laurel Heyman Homestake Peak School June Creek Elementary School Deborah & James Keating Jillian Lessner Sam & Jane Levy Jerry & Karen Maddock Hank Mader Sue Mason Lance Mikkelsen Stone Creek Charter Alan & Jill Tanenbaum Bob & Pat Torvestad Sarah Valente Howard Willard W. David Wilson Jay Wissot & Alyn Park

enthusiast

{$250 AND ABOVE} Holly Adams George & Janet Allgair Michael & Audree Bloom Vince & Christine Celenza John & Yvonne Dawsey Robin Deighan Jim & Susan Doyle Ken & Caryl Field Darlene Fogel Andy & Audrey Franklin Denny & Jeanne Geraghty Wycliffe Gordon Steven & Jennifer Jorns George & Lizette Lamb Mary Lamb Lucas Grant McCracken George Mizner Steven & Elaine Schwartzreich William Shade John & Nancy Snyder St. Clair of Assisi School Peter Tasca & Noreen Ehlert Robert and Elizabeth Taylor Vail Mountain School Ed & Carrie Velazquez Debra Weiss Mark & Barbara Wellisch Joan Whittenberg

family

{$100 AND ABOVE} Jolene & Walt Ahrens Pamela & Richard Alexander Reid Ashinoff Peggy Barber Bart & Anne Barnett Bruce Barth Roger & Margo Behler Tom & Rita Bennett Bill Bernardo William Bishop Barbara Black John Bowler Diana Bradley & Claude Accum Edythe Bronston Vivian Brown Charles & Nancy Carozza Dick Cleveland & Kathy Langenwalter Community First Foundation James & Yvonne Condell

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Mary Alice Copp Judy & Keith Countryman Bill Cunliffe Tom Daniel & Karen Rosenbach Sion & Helaine David Howard & Nancy Davidson Dawn DeBlaze-Herron & John Herron Fred Distelhorst Robert & Carolyn Donovan Larry & Phyllis Eaton W.B. Elliott II Buck & Holly Elliott Herb & Lorene Ely Jeffrey & Renee Epstein Elizabeth Fergus-Jean Howard & Barbara Finkelstein Joel & Gail Frahm Peter & Linda Friedman Allan & Beverly Gabel Robert & Betty Ann Gaynor Donna Genet Nancy Gott Andrew & Vivien Greenberg Richard Gruss Lowell Hahn Lex & Mitzie Hawkins Happy Haynes Rick & Rosemary Heller Bob Hernreich Ray & Emilie Herrmann Michael Hertens Timothy & Jill Hutchinson Jay & Judith Inglis Stew Jackson Hanne Johnson Jann Kinney Paulenne Kirschenbaum Ivy & Fred Kushner Sharon Kushner & Dan Brajtbord Arlene & Stuart Lerman Helena & Peter Leslie John & Mary Lohre Kelly Long Steve MacDonald Cameron Martin Judy McKean Linda McKinney Kim & Ingrid Meacham Luc & Liz Meyer Billy & Gabrielle Mimeles Jay & Stephanie Newman Jules & Nancy Paderewski Richard Patriacca Larry & Cathy Pitts Peter Poses Scott Raub Jeannette Roberts Irv Robinson Byron & Sally Rose Meryl Rosen Lois Saffian Jill Schacht Jack & Gloria Schaffer Fredrick Scheer & Diane Cary L. Ann Scheer Bob & Harriet Scheir Ricki Shaw-Sherlin & Steve Sherlin Carolyn Smith Karen Smith

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Laura Sparks Elaine Spence Roger & Carol Sperry Julie & Ken Spooner Ronald Strong Annemarie Tague Kenneth Taylor Mark Taylor Robert & Elizabeth Taylor Tim & Robin Thompson Rita Tomasi Elaine Trogdon Vail Board of Realtors Vail Christian Academy Rudy & Kim Vulpe James Washington Dennis & Anne Wentz Gregory White & Mindy Geltzer White Vali Wilcox Mary Wilson Jocelyn Wurzburg

individual

{$99 AND UNDER} Lanell Avery Flossie Binder Eric & Harriet Braden Martha Brassel David & Jayne Brown David & Judy Carson William Chapin The Kroger Company Foundation Bruce & Jan Collier Gary Cowles Jim Daus & Larissa Read Reed & Karen Dils Mark Duckett Tom Edwards Donald Felio John & Terry Forester Alex Forsett Alan Freeman Sharon Friedman Bob Fullerton & Beverlee Henry Stephen & Donna Good Nancy Guest Christiane Hajj Susan Hervert Warren Humiston Paul & Rivers Jardis Martin Jones Stefanie Keelan Kent Kirksey Karin & Joe Langereis Frank Lilly Susan Lynch Kathleen McKeeta Marka Moser Pat Parrish Kay Rautio Suzi Reeves Wendy Rimel F. Dale Robertson Bobette Robinson Peter & Cherryl Robinson Hugo Rodriguez Patricia Romero

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Randy Rose Steven Sanders Marte Singerman Mike & Helen Spence Robert Stapp Allan Stiner Robert Stowe Nancy Tezla Skip & Eileen Thurnauer Steve Wahlberg Pam Walck Trudy Walsh Stuart Webb Suzanne & Lawrence Weiss Stephen Williams Sabine Witzgall Allison Wright Edward Zinbarg

in-kind donors

10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirits 808 Distillery Alpin Aire Jack Affleck Justin Allison Alpine Bank Alpine Party Rentals Todger & Shannon Anderson Anheuser-Busch Antlers at Vail The Arrabelle at Vail Square Arriesgado Clothing Company, Ltd. Avalon Clothing Company SKEA Limited Bravo! Vail Sandra Brown Jenn & Luca Bruno Campo De Fiori Ristorante Capture the Action Cinebistro At Solaris John Clayton Colorado Ski & Snowboard Mus. Colorado Mountain Express Bill Cunliffe Denver Screen Print & Embroidery Destination Hotels Pete & Lucy Dunning Eagle Vail Golf Club East West Resorts eat! drink! Edwards Liquors Buck & Holly Elliott Entertainment Cruise Productions Eye Pieces at Vail Foley Family Wines The Four Seasons Vail Peter & Linda Friedman Frinje Frost Creek Golf Club Fuzziwig's Candy Factory The Golden Bear Wycliffe Gordon Julie Grimm-Reeves & Richard Reeves Tony Gulizia Haagen-Dazs Inn at Riverwalk Jim & Karen Johnson Karats Vail Katerina Leslie Design Studio

Kirby Cosmo's Bbq Kitchen Collage Jenelle Krissel Ivy & Fred Kushner KUVO/KVJZ La Tour Vail Merv & Laine Lapin Les Delices De France Argie Ligeros The Lion Nicole Lucido M.T. Imports, Inc. Main Street Grill Matsuhisa Vail Matt Inden Photography Walking Mountain Science Center Holly Maxson & David Berger Wing & Maureen Mayer Mirabelle At Beaver Creek Moe's Barbeque Montauk Seafood Grill Sweet Basil & Mountain Standard Mountain Digital Lewis Nash InFusion Fine Gifts Nicky's Quickie Nina McLemore Nomadic Collection Nova Guides Dick Oatts Paragon Guides Pendulum Restaurant Carolyn & Steve Pope Remagine Designs Revolution Dining Lee Rimel & Gracie Campbell Larry Rinker Ristorante Ti Amo Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch Riverwalk at Edwards Peak Performance Footwear Scottsdale Arts John & Audrey Slevin Mark & Diane Smooke Sonnenalp Hotel Sonnenalp of Vail Foundation St. Julien Hotel & Spa Terell Stafford Les Stern Renee Strong The Scarab Town Of Vail TV8 Up The Creek Vail Daily Vail International Dance Festival Vail Marriott Mountain Resort Vail Resorts Epic Promise Vail Ski Tech Vilar Performing Arts Center Vintage Vintage Magnolia West Vail Liquor Mart Wheeler Opera House David & Linda Wilson Mike & Donna Wolsted Glen & Margaret Wood Yama Sushi Zino Restaurante Zip Adventures


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