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Table of contents about vail jazz


The Vail Jazz Party is a gathering of over 35 jazz heavyweights, joining together to play in riveting main stage performances, captivating jam sessions and inspiring multimedia tributes to jazz legends.


welcome letter


about vail jazz


vail jazz festival calendar

free events


Board + staff


ticketed events 18

vail jazz gala

“Bossa Nova Nights” is the signature fundraising event for Vail Jazz education programs, featuring an evening of exotic rhythms, sultry songs and delectable cuisine.




vail jazz party



vail jazz club series

Take your favorite NYC jazz club and add the rustic Rocky Mountain charm of Vail Village further complemented by the stunning dining experience of Ludwig’s Terrace at the Sonnenalp Hotel.

vail jazz @ vail square

Under the iconic Jazz Tent in Lionshead, sample the plethora of musical stylings presented by international headliners.

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vail jazz @ riverwalk

Outdoor community concerts in Edwards with live music, tasty local fare and activities for all ages.

vail jazz @ the market

Regional artists bring sounds from all over the world to the iconic Vail Farmers’ Market.

vail jazz @ the remedy

A buzzing late night scene at The Four Seasons Resort with exceptional cocktails, artisanal eats and live jazz.

education programs 52

vail jazz goes to school

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


high-energy thrilling performers from all parts of the diverse jazz spectrum page 28

a key crossroads for the social, musical and cultural intersections of the jazz world





jammin’ jazz kids

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

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Editorial 53

co student band showcase

Vail Jazz extends the school curriculum with live performances on the Vail Farmers’ Market Stage.

vail jazz workshop

Twelve of the country’s most dedicated and gifted young jazz musicians come to Vail for a 10-day rigorous, immersive experience that emphasizes learning music by ear.


vail jazz workshop faculty


vail jazz goes to school faculty

vail jazz goes to school turns 20

A retrospective on a program that has touched over 20,000 students in the Vail Valley.

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ticket information


venue maps


complete event list


vail jazz party artists

support vail jazz 55

ways to support

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

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welcome letter Jazz as we know it began in New Orleans more than 100 years ago, and while it is a uniquely American art form, it has since spread globally. The 24th Annual Vail Jazz Festival showcases the incredible scope of the genre, from its American roots to the multitude of distinct global expressions. This summer Vail Jazz will present more than 75 performances in eight venues over 63 days, featuring music from Cuba, France, Brazil, Japan, Spain, Australia and every corner of the American tradition. This Festival guide provides a roadmap to the world of jazz throughout Vail this summer. The mission of Vail Jazz is to perpetuate jazz with a focus on young musicians and young audiences, which is a principle that underpins our educational programs and performances alike. Last year marked the 20th year of Vail Jazz Goes to School, a program that has brought music education to over 20,000 students in Eagle County. Over 23 years, the Vail Jazz Workshop has brought together 274 young musicians, graduates of which have gone on to win Grammys, Emmys and international acclaim for their work. This year, we are expanding our Colorado Student Band Showcase performances to include a collegiate group. Between these programs, Vail Jazz has covered every step of a young musician’s educational journey, from their initial introduction to jazz music to the achievement of mastery-level performance. We are incredibly proud to be a part of these young musicians’ careers. Vail Jazz has a long tradition of presenting emerging jazz artists at the beginning of their profession—from a young Diana Krall in 1996 to Trombone Shorty in 2008—helping them springboard their careers towards becoming established jazz headliners. This year’s Vail Jazz Festival is no different, featuring young artists like Andrea Motis, Veronica Swift and the Hot Sardines, who are full of burgeoning talent. Similarly, former Vail Jazz Workshop students who have become professional touring musicians will return to Vail to play alongside their former mentors and peers. Over the course of the summer, 10 Workshop alumni will perform at our Gala, mainstage shows and the Vail Jazz Party. This year’s Vail Jazz Festival presents the remarkable breadth of the genre, and gives a glimpse into its promising future. Thank you for your interest in the incredible sounds and stories that comprise the Vail Jazz Festival. We look forward to seeing you at one of this summer’s events! Happy summer,

Howard Stone Founder and Artistic Director

James Kenly Operations Director


welcome letter

Amanda Blevins Development Director

Christin Maguire Marketing Director

89 number of grammy award nominations and wins by vail jazz workshop alumni



of vail jazz’s performances are free to the public

events each year



of vail jazz’s annual operation budget is donated by individuals and foundations

hours volunteered to produce the vail jazz festival each year



students take part in vail jazz educational programs each year

full-time staff members

2018 vail jazz festival calendar SUNDAY

1 july








 the hot sardines  ”party on”

 hazel miller band



 nachito herrera

 nachito herrera:

 ginga

 nachito herrera

 ”party on”




 django festival

 django festival

 joe smith + the

 django festival

 ”party on”




 tony desare: solo  tony desare: solo

 tony desare:

 ayo awosika

fourth of july parade


 jammin’ jazz kids  delta sonics  al chesis



vail jazz gala: bossa nova nights

11 trio trio



 jammin’ jazz kids  blt w/ bob rebholz


+ liliane murdoch


 bob rebholz +



 los chicos malos  leo munoz-corona



a night in havana






spicy pickles

liliane murdoch




 jammin’ jazz kids  joe deninzon + friends

on the vegas strip

 ”party on”

 joe deninzon




 jammin’ jazz kids  tap + jazz  chuck lamb

ticketed events

special events

 vail jazz club series (pg. 20)

vail jazz gala (PG. 18)

 vail jazz @ vail square (pg. 28)

fourth of july parade

5:00 + 7:30 PM / $40 / Ludwig’s Terrace at Sonnenalp Hotel 6:00 PM / $25/40/50 / Vail Square at Arrabelle

 vail jazz party (pg. 60)

Various / $55/75 / Vail Square + Vail Marriott

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5:30 PM / $250 / The Sebastian - Vail 10:00 AM / Vail Village






1 august


 andrea motis feat.

 andrea motis feat.

 andrea motis feat.

 ”party on”



joel frahm joel frahm




 kent denver jazz



3 joel frahm


 red young +

his hot horns


 nicki parrott’s

 nicki parrott’s

 nicki parrott’s

 ”party on”




 east high school

 veronica swift

 quemando

 kathy morrow + dz  ron bland

 ”party on”


tribute to peggy lee

 robert johnson +

mark diamond trio

tribute to peggy lee

 robert johnson




6th hour combo


multimedia tribute to peggy lee

with the emmet cohen trio





 the lamont jazz

 akiko / hamilton /

 claxton /

 fortunato  anthony salvo

 ”party on”





 denver school of the arts

 wayne wilkinson trio



kovalcheck / amend



1 september

 opening session  ”party on”

 afternoon session  afternoon session  evening session  evening session  late night jam  late night jam session

 surprise guests




 paa kow


small group 1




 gospel prayer meetin’

 afternoon session  evening session  late night jam sess.

 afternoon session  blt at the chophouse

free events

education events

 vail jazz @ riverwalk (pg. 40)

 jammin jazz kids (PG. 54)

 vail jazz @ the market (pg. 46)

 co student bands (PG. 54)

6:00 PM / Riverwalk Amphitheater, Edwards 12:00 PM / Jazz Tent, Solaris Plaza

11:00 AM / Jazz Tent, Solaris Plaza 11:00 AM / Jazz Tent, Solaris Plaza

 vail jazz @ the remedy (pg. 50) 8:00 PM / The Remedy Bar, Four Seasons Vail

 ”party on” (pg. 28) 8:00 PM / Vail Chophouse

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board + staff board of directors Howard L. Stone

chairman of the board

Michael S. Brown Kevin Clair John Clayton, Jr. Garret Davies John Dawsey James G. Dulin Robert E. Ford Fred W. Frailey

Jay Johnson Jenelle Soderquist Krissel Laine Lapin Andy Littman Carolyn Pope Leslie W. Stern Larry S. Stewart Catherine A. Stone William W. Verity Glen Wood

advisory board Paul S. Bates Bob Cohen Allie R. Coppeak Dr. Willie Hill, Jr. Laura Miller

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

vail jazz staff Howard Stone

founder + artistic director

James Kenly

operations director

event manager

Mary Diluccio

Christin Maguire

Nekisha Olaya

Brittney Wong

Shauna Farnell

marketing director development + events coordinator festival artwork + website design

Christin Maguire


Capture the Action director of education: vail jazz workshop

John Clayton


Tony Gulizia

board + staff

Cara Loux

Amanda Blevins

development director


Connor Williams

education + marketing coordinator

Office + volunteer coordinator operations + events intern public relations program contributing editor

Wing Mayer


Jack Affleck, Ben Koelker, JohnRyan Lockman, Charles Townsend production captain

Piet Geldhof

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An evening of exotic rhythms, sultry songs and delectable cuisine, featuring ‘Brazilian jazz’ vocalist, Carol Bach-y-Rita. Performing alongside alumni of the Vail Jazz Workshop and Grammy winning pianist Bill Cunliffe, Carol will transport us to the melodic and rhythmic epicenters of Bossa Nova, Samba, Choro and more through her passionate interpretations of the Brazilian Songbook. The 2018 Vail Jazz Gala is a benefit for Vail Jazz education and community engagement programs. With a dazzling array of one-of-a-kind silent and live auction items and a special fundraising appeal, we’ll celebrate, sing and sway to the music of Brazil while supporting the future of jazz education and artistic diversity in our valley.

what you need to know date + time

Monday, July 9 5:30 PM cocktails, silent auction 6:30 PM dinner + fundraising 8:30 PM performance


$250 Individual Ticket $2,000 Table for Eight


The Sebastian - Vail map on pg. 80-81

parking / access

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


Presenting Underwriters: Glen + Margaret Wood Supporting Underwriters: Tim + Barbara Kelley

BUY ONE GET ONE Take an unbelievable selection of spirits from around the world, mix in the best atmosphere in Vail, and you’ve got a taste of Frost. As a proud supporter of Vail Jazz Festival, we are pleased to extend this special oer. Buy one of our signature craft cocktails, and get a second one free when you show your concert tickets. Available before or after the performance. Complimentary valet service provided for Frost guests. See you for drinks, small plates, and dessert at the coolest bar in Vail Village.


Started in 2012, this jazz series has evolved into a treasured summer icon of elegant evenings in a classic jazz club setting—a small venue, timeless cocktails, attentive audiences and up-close-and-personal performances by some of today’s leading jazz and cabaret performers. Hosted in Ludwig’s Terrace in Vail’s 5-star Sonnenalp Hotel, these intimate evenings offer excellent acoustics, great sightlines, sophisticated refreshments and enticing dining options. Each performance features two 75-minute seatings of music with full dinner service.

what you need to know date + time

Wednesdays, July 11 - August 8 First Set: doors open 5:00 PM, music 5:30 PM Second Set: doors open 7:30 PM, music 8:00 PM


$40 per set $30 dining min. per person $136 subscription (4-pack)


Ludwig’s Terrace, Sonnenalp Hotel 20 Vail Road map on pg. 80-81

parking / access


Free parking available at the Vail Village Parking Structure. Paid valet parking at Sonnenalp.


Acclaimed Cuban piano virtuoso Nachito Herrera and his trio will enthrall, romance and transport the audience to Havana as the Club Series opener. On stage Herrera, Daymar Calvario (bass) and Edgar Martinez (percussion) transcend the label of piano trio and become a rhythmic tornado of limbs and sounds. Hailed as “hotter than the burning tip of a contraband Cuban cigar,” Herrera’s dynamic range and musical sensibilities are sure to captivate Vail audiences in this intimate setting.

explosive. crowd-pleasing. rhythmically intense. dynamic. jaw-droppingly good. -minneapolis star-tribune

vail jazz club series


the best jazz show in town -wall street journal

django festival all-stars july 18

The driving, swinging style of Django Reinhardt (1910-1953) continues to grow in popularity globally, impelled by the unflagging devotion of the Django Festival All-Stars. Their smokin’ hot dynamism will take over the room with infectious enthusiasm, jaw-dropping musicianship and gleeful dedication to Django—one of the greatest guitar players of all time, passionately rendered by multiple guitars, bass, accordion and violin. Presenting Underwriters: George + Betsy Wiegers

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tony desare: solo july 25

Returning to Vail for his third outing, singer/pianist/composer Tony DeSare offers his deft touch and elegant style in a convivial solo setting. A veteran of the world’s most exclusive cabarets, jazz clubs and theaters, as well as many national broadcasts, Tony has also appeared with symphony orchestras and on Broadway, wittily seducing his audiences with an easygoing charm, polish and professionalism. Presenting Underwriters: Bill + Shirley McIntyre

two parts young sinatra to one part billy joel -the new york times

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andrea motis featuring joel frahm august 1

To just call Andrea Motis a prodigy would diminish the amount of work she has put into mastering her craft. Born in Barcelona, she began playing trumpet at the age of seven. Three years later was introduced to jazz and has been performing all over the world since then. Andrea, now an accomplished musical polyglot, can play with the sensitivity of Chet Baker, sing with a tenderness not unlike that of Billie Holiday, and interpret standards as well as an artist twice her age.

a jazz revelation -time out barcelona

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Joining her for these concerts is Joel Frahm, an in-demand tenor player that the New York Times praises as having “a deft and assertive command (over his instrument).� After performing with Motis only a handful of times, Frahm was featured on three songs from Andrea’s debut solo album, Emotional Dance.

a hard-swinging bassist who has honed a bright, vibrant singing style ... graced with clarity, a lovely sound -npr

nicki parrott’s tribute to peggy lee august 8

Peggy Lee first rose to prominence as the singer for the Benny Goodman Orchestra. Over the course of her career through chart-topping singles, Peggy shared that she liked her coffee black, her fevers hot and her men to do right. Sophisticated, sultry and commanding, Nicki Parrott is the perfect vessel to channel the late Peggy Lee. Leading a small group, Parrott will guide the audience through Peggy’s multifaceted career.

Vail Jazz favorite Ken Peplowski fills in for the role of Benny Goodman and, having performed with the late Peggy Lee on several occasions, his inclusion is sure to be a treat to all in attendance! Supporting Underwriters: Lee + Susan Berk

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Stay tuned this summer as we reveal plans for the 25th Anniversary Vail Jazz Festival which will include special performances, commemorative merchandise and more!

The Jazz Tent at Vail Square in the heart of Lionshead bursts at the seams during our high-energy Thursday night performances. This summer evening series in the beautiful outdoor courtyard at The Arrabelle literally overflows with enthusiasm for the remarkable roster of international performers who will play in the now iconic venue. The whole family will be captivated by the musicianship of the high-energy, thrilling performers from all parts of the diverse jazz spectrum. Vail Jazz @ Vail Square is THE place to be on Thursday evenings to meet up with friends, old and new. Every night after the performance, join us at the Vail Chophouse to “Party On� with Kathy Morrow from 8:00 - 10:00 PM.

what you need to know date + time

July 5 - August 23 Thursdays, 6:00 PM


$25 General Admission $40 Preferred Seating $50 Premium Seating $136 Preferred Subscription $170 Premium Subscription


Jazz Tent, Vail Square 675 Lionshead Place map on pg. 80-81

parking / access Free parking available at the Lionshead Parking Structure.


the hot sardines july 5

A dramatic new twist on classic jazz with cool vocals, hot horn arrangements and crack musicianship. This highly acclaimed, 8-piece post-modern ensemble offers sharp talent, high style, raucous energy and a whale’s worth of panache. Their affection for traditional jazz is clear, and they serve it up in a witty, hip melange of NY speakeasies, Parisian cabarets and New Orleans jazz halls. Supporting Underwriters: Bob + Helen Howard

simply phenomenal, crisp musicianship going hand in hand with immaculate and witty showmanship -the times (london)

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nachito herrera: a night in havana july 12

Following his debut at age 12 with the Havana Symphony Orchestra (Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2, no less), Nachito quickly gained legendary status in Cuba as pianist, musical director, composer and arranger for his uniquely Cuban take on jazz. Widely hailed as a dynamic, intense crowd pleaser, Nachito applies his jaw-dropping technique in equal measures of soulful, romantic pianism and explosive ensemble playing.

explosive. crowd-pleasing. rhythmically intense. dynamic. jaw-droppingly good. -minneapolis star-tribune

Photo: Tom Erlich

A veteran of the widely hailed band “Cubanismo,” he has toured extensively both with his own ensembles and as a member of The Afro Cuban All Stars. Known for his ability to “read the house”—often tailoring his programs on-the-fly to suit his fans—he never fails to energize the crowd. His dynamic range and musical sensibilities, fused with his high-powered troupe, recreate the mystery, heat and spice of a night in Havana. Presenting Underwriters: Carolyn + Steve Pope Local Business Underwriter: Vail Daily

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django festival all-stars july 19

Honoring the great Gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt (1910-1953), the Django Festival All-Stars combine their stunning virtuosity and creative interpretations with Django’s driving, swinging style. Django, Belgian-born Gypsy/French guitarist/composer, is widely regarded as one of the greatest musicians of the 20th Century. He is considered the first jazz talent to emerge from Europe, through his Paris-based Quintette du Hot Club de France.

Eighty years later, his dynamic, energetic style continues to grow in popularity globally, impelled by the unflagging devotion of the Django Festival All-Stars. Their unrestrained zeal will have Vail Square pulsing with infectious enthusiasm, world-class musicianship and gleeful dedication to Django—one of the most adept guitar players of all time—skillfully rendered by multiple guitars, bass, accordion and violin.

Presenting Underwriters: Don Brownstein + Lisa Tanenbaum Supporting Underwriters: Will + Paula Verity

the best jazz show in town -wall street journal

vail jazz @ vail square


two parts young sinatra to one part billy joel -the new york times

tony desare: on the vegas strip july 26

Award-winning singer, pianist, composer and raconteur, Tony tips his hat to the Rat Pack, offering a suave, energetic take on the “Vegas Songbook.” In his third Vail Jazz Festival outing, Tony takes inspiration from mid-century Vegas—Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Basie, Nelson Riddle and classic sounds of the iconic Sands Hotel—with a nod to the peak era of live musical entertainment in Las Vegas. Headlining venues from posh jazz clubs to Carnegie Hall to the Vegas strip, Tony offers his own updated take on ‘old school’ class, making him a favorite with DownBeat magazine and the Billboard charts, in addition to frequent appearances with leading symphony orchestras in the U.S. and abroad. Tony’s retro-cool persona dovetails perfectly with the dynamic 17-piece H2 Big Band that will back him up in this special performance. Led by Al hood and Dave Hanson, the band features a wealth of talent and precision and is well-schooled in the unique sound of the era. Presenting Underwriters: Oscar + Didi Schafer Local Business Underwriter: Pierce Architects

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andrea motis featuring joel frahm august 2

With eight albums on her resume, this 23-year-old Barcelonian singer/trumpeter is wowing audiences worldwide with her jazz, bossa and swing interpretations. Already a big name in Spain and selling out major concert halls, Andrea’s singing has a charming, innocent quality—but don’t underestimate her ability to swing, bop and weave her way through even the most challenging material. Joining Andrea is Joel Frahm, a Vail Jazz regular and familiar face on the NYC club circuit. Joel and Andrea have performed and recorded together, generating palpable synergies in phrasing, dynamics and invention. Known for his big tenor sax sound, Joel’s body of work and recordings with Diane Schuur, Kurt Elling, Jane Monheit, Brad Mehldau and others have cemented his reputation as a muchsought-after addition to today’s top jazz groups. His creative and sensitive playing is clearly evident. Presenting Underwriters: Fred Frailey + Cathie Bennett

a jazz revelation -time out barcelona

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nicki parrott’s multimedia tribute to peggy lee august 9

Legendary jazz vocalist Peggy Lee (19202002) possessed an iconic, sultry singing voice that carried impeccable rhythmic subtlety and smoldering sensuality. In an era of jazz ruled by masterful vocalists, she was among the finest. In this special multimedia tribute, Miss Lee is creatively channeled by Australian singer and bassist Nicki Parrott, whose alluring renditions of Lee’s classics have been mesmerizing audiences globally. With more than 15 albums to her credit, Nicki is a regular at major jazz festivals around the globe and has performed with many Vail Jazz Festival alumni including the Pizzarellis, Ken Peplowski, Ann Hampton Callaway, Bill Mays, Scott Hamilton and Houston Person. A first-class bassist, she was mentored by Les Paul (whose combo she performed with regularly), and studied bass with Ray Brown and Vail Jazz Workshop Education Director John Clayton, who undoubtedly fostered the clear articulation, beautiful tone and sense of rhythmic assuredness for which she is recognized. Presenting Underwriters: Lodewijk + Marijke de Vink

a hard-swinging bassist who has honed a bright, vibrant singing style ... graced with clarity, a lovely sound

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veronica swift + the emmet cohen trio august 16

At 23, Veronica’s sophisticated, sultry style and vocal talent are way beyond her years, captivating unsuspecting audiences with American Songbook, bebop and vocalese classics. Already recognized as one of today’s top young jazz singers, she first performed at Jazz at Lincoln Center when she was 11 and her first CD was recorded when she was only 9. Today she is a regular at NYC’s legendary Birdland and recently won the lion’s share of “buzz” on the 2018 Jazz Cruise, her first such engagement. Adding zest to the evening, noted pianist Emmet Cohen and his trio are on hand to provide creative and sensitive reinforcements. A recognized prodigy, Emmet possesses a fluid technique and innovative tonal palette that has led him to renowned jazz venues throughout the world. With the poise and command of a seasoned veteran, Emmet has appeared regularly with Kurt Elling, Billy Hart, Jimmy Heath and Brian Lynch, has performed at the Kennedy Center and was received in the Oval Office by President Obama. Emmet will be joined by Vail Jazz Workshop alums Russell Hall on bass and Evan Sherman on drums. Presenting Underwriters: Larry + Pat Stewart

a phenom to watch and hear -the huffington post

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akiko / hamilton / dechter august 23

Among the top touring jazz trios in the nation, Akiko Tsuruga (organ), Jeff Hamilton (drums) and Graham Dechter (guitar), never fail to impress with high energy, innovative arrangements and world-class musicianship, always leaving rave reviews in their wake. This ace trio combines the exceptional talents of three singular pros into a greater-than-the-parts amalgam of tasteful, creative, straight-ahead jazz. Osaka-born Akiko has 10 albums to her credit and is a favorite in critics’ polls and at such notable venues as Dizzy’s, Blue Note, Birdland and Yoshi’s. Jeff, a Vail Jazz regular (and favorite), is among the world’s most lauded and accomplished jazz drummers, having played on more than 200 records, more than 20 of which have received Grammy nominations. He has performed regularly with Diana Krall, Barbra Streisand, John Pizzarelli and The Count Basie Orchestra. Graham’s credits include anchoring the guitar helm for the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra for eight years and working with Michael Bublé, Eliane Elias, Kurt Elling, Regina Carter, Terell Stafford, Wynton Marsalis and many others. Presenting Underwriters: Harry + Carol Cebron

this trio sizzles... hits the mark every time -npr


vail jazz @ vail square


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E d wa r d s & d E n v E r O f f i c E s

Vail Jazz @ Riverwalk is a series of concerts hosted in the Riverwalk Amphitheater, featuring regional masters of swing, blues, funk, Latin jazz and more. Here’s your idyllic late Friday afternoon habitat: Cooling breezes, the burblings of the Eagle River behind our stage, thick green grass and boulders for sitting, the laughter of children dancing to the captivating rhythms. Paired with tasty local fare, this series brings families, children, neighbors and friends together for perfect summer evenings at the Riverwalk at Edwards. Series Underwriters: Thomas + Jill Chinn

what you need to know date + time

July 6 - August 24 Fridays, 5:00 PM doors, 6:00 PM music

tickets Free!


Riverwalk Amphitheater 225 Main Street, Edwards map on pg. 80-81

parking / access

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


hazel miller band july 6

Hazel Miller and her band never fail to deliver a lot of soul, by way of blues, jazz, pop and Gospel. Her voice has been described as “stunning, moving and powerful,” and she has won many awards and accolades for her performances. Her band won the Westword Readers Poll as Best Blues/R&B band for three consecutive years, having opened for, or played with, James Taylor, Spyro Gyra, Lou Rawls and many others. Her band features Coco Brown (vocals), Cody Carbone (guitar, lead vocals), Rich Lamb (bass), Dana Marsh (keyboards), Brian Mikulich (drums), Jeff Nathanson (sax, flute, percussion) and Matt Weesner (keyboards). Local Business Underwriter: Bloch + Chapleau

ginga july 13

Back in Vail for another exciting reprise, Ginga specializes in channeling the dynamic music of Brazil, incorporating a multitude of high-spirited styles, rhythms and colors from Terra do Brasil. Comprised of stellar jazz, classical and salsa musicians, Ginga will dazzle you with the beguiling rhythms and energy of Brazil. Ginga is Greg LaLiberte (flute, sax, percussion, vocals), Carl Dixon (percussion), Bill Kopper (guitar, vocals), Francisco Marques (cavaquinho, bass, percussion, vocals), Victor Mestas (keyboard), Vincent Gonzalez (percussion, vocals) and Raoul Rossiter (drums, percussion, vocals).

joe smith + the spicy pickles july 20

As Denver’s premier vintage jazz band, Joe Smith and 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. Featuring trumpet player and vocalist Joe Smith, Luke Smith (guitar), Gary Sloan (bass), Braxton Khan (drums), Matt Burchard (clarinet and tenor sax), Decker Babcock (trombone) and Cara Griffith (vocals). Local Business Underwriter: FlyVail

ayo awosika july 27

You may not know her name yet, but Ayo Awosika is a rising star, full of energy, soul, introspection... and extroversion. Her eclectic pop repertoire combines with soulful jazz vocals to present a unique, crisp and entertaining synthesis of musical agility. Background singer for Miley Cyrus, this dynamo has shared the stage with Chris Martin (Coldplay), The Chainsmokers, Robert Plant, Richie Havens, Peter Eldridge (NY Voices) and members of Tower of Power. She has also performed on The Today Show, The Tonight Show and The Voice.

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red young + his hot horns august 3

A regular at Austin City Limits, Red’s arranging, writing and performing have graced the work of the likes of Dolly Parton and Marcia Ball, and have been a part of movies including The Line of Fire and Indecent Proposal. Inspired by early blues recordings of Ray Charles, Big Joe Turner and Joe Williams, Red loves his horns. His arrangements feature trumpets and alto, tenor and baritone saxes, to which he adds bass, drums, keyboards and vocals. They may start in early blues mode, but wait a minute and they’ll venture into vibrant and complex originals.

paa kow august 10

Paa Kow’s dynamic drumming boldly fuses rhythm and artistry from his Ghana homeland with jazz, funk and African pop, creating a unique Afro-Fusion sound. With fans worldwide, his stellar groove and captivating danceable rhythms combine with lyrics in his native language, Fante, as well as English. He has shared the stage with many prominent African musicians including Hugh Masakela, as well as Victor Wooten, Brad Goode, Michael Kang and others. Local Business Underwriter: Riverwalk at Edwards

quemando august 17

True to its name, which means “burning” in Spanish, Quemando is known as Colorado’s hottest salsa band. This 12-piece group brings infectious energy to each show, covering legendary Latin tracks and artists of the past and present, with creative takes on Celia Cruz, Marc Anthony, Gloria Estefan and others. Quemando, returning after last year’s sizzlin’ Vail Jazz debut, combines the zing and moxie of salsa music and turns up the heat on other genres too, from Sinatra to the Beatles. Local Business Underwriter: Edwards Metropolitan District

claxton / kovalcheck / amend august 24

Brian Claxton (drums), Steve Kovalcheck (guitar) and Tom Amend (organ) have performed with a laundry list of who’s who among great jazz musicians. From Monty Alexander to Christian McBride, headliners of the jazz world have acknowledged their skill. This group showcases the tight rhythmic styling of Claxton, tasteful guitar of Kovalcheck, and dexterity across multiple keyboards of Amend. When it comes to homegrown talent in the form of an organ trio, there simply is no substitute.

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A long-standing summer Sunday tradition, Vail Jazz @ The Market has been keeping musical appetites well slaked with an abundance of savory sonic sweets. Now a must-stop destination within the famous Vail Farmers’ Market in the heart of Vail Village, it’s a cool spot to catch a little shade or take a break in the breezy open-sided tent. The lineup varies from week to week, ranging from traditional jazz trios and quartets, blues and swing, to more fusion-oriented sounds, American Songbook vocals and Latin treats. While you’re sampling the best of the Farmers’ Market comestibles and the work of local artisans, complete the experience with the best in Colorado-grown jazz.

what you need to know date + time

July 1 - August 26 Sundays, 12:00 - 3:00 PM

tickets Free!


Jazz Tent, Solaris 141 East Meadow Drive map on pg. 80-81

parking / access

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


los chicos malos july 1

This Denver-based band is guaranteed to get you up on your feet for some Música Cubano. Los Chicos Malos are Victor Mestas (keyboard and vocals), José Alberto Cabrera (vocals, guiro and maracas), Leo Munoz-Corona (congas), Howard Hernández (timbales) and Zak Kopeikin (bass). These bad boys deliver a fun-filled afternoon of Cuban jazz, salsa, cha-cha and everything in between.

delta sonics july 8

Averaging 250 performances a year, the Delta Sonics have won Westword’s “Best Blues Band” designation six years in a row. Together for 26 years, they have won a wide following for their solid musicianship and exciting live performances which include musical stylings incorporating Chicago blues, West Coast swing, New Orleans, R&B and even some early Rock ‘n’ Roll. The Delta Sonics are Al Chesis (harmonica/vocals), Bob Pelligrino (guitar/vocals), John Butler (bass/vocals) and Willie Panker (drums).

BLT with bob rebholz + liliane murdoch july 15

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 with vocalist Liliane Murdoch they’ll be dishing out musical fare fit for jazz royalty. Underwritten by: Todger + Shannon Anderson

joe deninzon + Friends july 22

Joe Deninzon, born in St. Petersburg, Russia, has been lauded as “The Jimi Hendrix of the Violin” owing to his innovative style on the electric 7-string violin and combination of jazz, rock and Gypsy influences. He can be heard on more than a hundred CDs and jingles, has performed with Bruce Springsteen, Smokey Robinson and Les Paul and has served as solo violinist with the New York City Ballet. He is performing with one of the most sought-after jazz trios in the Rocky Mountains: Mark Diamond (bass), Dru Heller (drums) and Justin Allison (guitar).

tap + jazz july 29

Collaboration with Vail International Dance Festival. Wildly popular in the ‘30s and ‘40s, tap dancing became intertwined with jazz thanks to the Hollywood musicals of that era and the Count Basie and Duke Ellington bands who always toured with tap dancers. In this collaborative program, hot young tapper Dario Natarelli and MacArthur Genius Grant-winning dancer/ choreographer Michelle Dorrance will pick up the jazz beat and carry it to entirely new places. Keyboard whiz Chuck Lamb will be joined by Kate Davis (bass and vocals), Savannah Harris (percussion) and others.

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robert johnson + the mark diamond trio august 5

A member of Stevie Wonder’s band for five years, Robert Johnson is a veteran vocalist. All sorts of exotic flavors and musical seasonings are evoked when Robert’s voice soars, croons, scats and dares you to get up and dance. With Scott Martin on piano, Dru Heller on drums and Mark Diamond on bass, these guys assemble a menu of wonderfully arranged jazz standards as well as a variety of music from Brazilian Bossa Novas to some down-home Blues.

kathy morrow + dz august 12

A longtime Vail Jazz favorite, Kathy has performed widely in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Her energy, vocal range and musical sense are beautifully applied to the standard jazz repertoire and Great American Songbook. A natural entertainer, Kathy is also well known as part of the popular vocal trio The Fabulous Femmes. Joining Kathy on keyboard is Brent Gordon (alto and tenor sax, vocals), Ron Bland (bass) and Larry Dutmer (drums). DZ stands for Designated Zest—a perfect complement to the Farmers’ Market setting.

fortunato august 19

Jazz violinist Anthony Salvo presents his new group, Fortunato, a virtuosic ensemble bringing the best of Gypsy, Klezmer, Indian, Latin and African traditions into a jazz setting. Embodying a variety of the world’s musical cultures, Fortunato draws on both classical and jazz idioms, bringing a new, exciting energy to jazz improvisation and crossover fusion. The music is upbeat, invigorating and sometimes transcendent. Their current repertoire includes Pat Metheny, Chick Corea, Shakti, as well as Anthony’s original compositions. Joining Anthony will be Charles Parker Mertins (bass), Alexios Anest (guitar) and Andy Skellenger (tabla and percussion).

wayne wilkinson trio aug. 26

Wayne Wilkinson is a headliner guitarist who performs and tours across the country and internationally. Throughout his four decade career, Wayne has shared the stage with many iconic jazz musicians including the Brecker brothers, Henry Mancini, Bob Hope, The Four Freshmen and even President Clinton. Wayne is known for playing high-octane straight ahead jazz, innovative bebop jazz and original compositions. His trio, with Andy Burtschi on bass and Todd Williams on drums, features progressive blues and jazz and fresh new material that sets the stage for joyful musical expression.

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Opening Night 30th Anniversary Season Saturday, July 28 7:30pm

Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail

American Ballet Theatre Sunday, July 29 7:30pm

Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail

Dancing in the Park: Alonzo King LINES Ballet

Monday, July 31 5:30pm

Avon Performance Pavilion at Nottingham Park

Alonzo King LINES Ballet Tuesday, July 31 7:30pm

Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail

UpClose: Vail Premieres

Wednesday, August 1 6:30pm

Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver Creek

International Evenings of Dance I Friday, August 3 7:30pm

Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail

International Evenings of Dance II Saturday, August 4 7:30pm Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail

NOW: Premieres

Monday, August 6 7:30pm

Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail

Dance for $20.18

Tuesday, August 7 7:30pm Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail

Dancing in the Park: Ballet Hispánico

Wednesday, August 8 5:30pm

Avon Performance Pavilion at Nottingham Park

Ballet Hispánico

Thursday, August 9 6:30pm

Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver Creek

The Blues Project

Featuring Dorrance Dance with Toshi Reagon and BIGLovely Michelle Dorrance and Toshi Reagon in The Blues Project. Photo by Christopher Duggan.


Created by Michelle Dorrance, Derick K. Grant, Toshi Reagon and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards

Friday, August 10 7:30pm

Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail

Closing Night Celebration with BalletX Saturday, August 11 7:30pm Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail

Grab a coveted spot in the jazz hang, or migrate to the bar for the best Manhattan in town. Either way, you’ll be warmly welcomed in the crowded, vibrant scene that’s the home of great mainstream jazz on Sunday nights, hosted by amiable keyboard guru Tony Gulizia with the ever-steadfast Brian Loftus on drums. Each week, visiting jazz luminaries pop up in this energetic space for some highly convivial jamming. Cocooned within the elegant Four Seasons Resort in Vail, the vibe is slick, hip and sophisticated, the food creative and fun. The smartly dressed crowd adds to the chic vibe at what’s quickly become a summer Sunday institution.

what you need to know date + time July 1 - August 26 Sundays, 8:00 PM

tickets Free!


The Remedy Bar, Four Seasons 1 Vail Road map on pg. 80-81

parking / access

Free valet parking available at the Four Seasons Resort for guests of The Remedy (with validation).


Each week’s performance features Tony Gulizia on keyboards and vocals and Brian Loftus on drums, with the following guest artists:

july 1 leo munoz-corona on congas

july 8 al chesis

on harmonica + vocals

july 15 bob rebholz + liliane murdoch on saxophone + vocals

july 22 joe deninzon on electric violin

july 29 chuck lamb on keyboards

august 5 robert johnson on vocals

august 12 ron bland on bass

august 19 anthony salvo on violin

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Vail Jazz Goes to School 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. The program educates more than 1,200 local fourth and fifth graders annually and new in the last year, began visiting a handful of elementary schools on the Front Range. Since its inception in 1998, Vail Jazz Goes to School has introduced jazz music to nearly 22,000 school children.

Vail Jazz Goes to School is a two year program, comprised of four sessions that incorporate the history, fundamentals and key figures of jazz. The journey begins with the history of American jazz music, from African rhythms through the hardships of American slavery and New Orleans blues. During the history lesson, students get the opportunity to play ancient African instruments themselves, learning the art of syncopation. The second part of the series teaches students specifics about rhythm section instruments—the piano, bass and drums. They learn specific musical styles such as swing, ragtime and bebop, again experiencing the variety of sounds first-hand by playing along on provided instruments. In the third lesson, students learn the 12 bar blues progression and how each instrument contributes to harmony and melody. A key part of the lesson teaches the children about improvisation—they are tasked with penning their own lyrics to a blues composition. The fourth and final session features the Vail Jazz Goes to School Sextet, comprised of Tony Gulizia (piano), Joey Gulizia (percussion), Mike Gurciullo (trumpet), Andy Hall (bass), Roger Neumann (saxophone) and Michael Pujado (percussion)—faculty bios on pg. 92. The Sextet performs a selection of tunes that have shaped the history of jazz in America, on the stage at the Vilar Performing Arts Center. Tony leads the Sextet through legendary jazz tunes by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, Benny Goodman, Sonny Rollins, George Gershwin, Dave Brubeck and Paul Desmond, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk and Dizzy Gillespie. They also perform a medley of the blues compositions authored by the fifth graders. “Their lyrics are priceless,” Gulizia says.

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vail jazz goes to school celebrates 20th year Vail Jazz Goes to School completed its 20th annual program in 2018, a milestone reflected by the more than 20,000 Eagle County elementary school students who have experienced first-hand how jazz music catalyzes creativity and influences culture. Following the advent of the Vail Jazz Workshop in 1997, the following year Howard Stone teamed up with local piano paragon Tony Gulizia to launch Vail Jazz Goes to School, an educational series delivered to every elementary school in the Vail Valley. Gulizia explains, “It started at a grassroots level, but then we started talking about a series where we get to see the kids four times a year and make it more of a program. When they complete the curriculum, they’ve seen us more than a couple times and really know what jazz is.” With that in mind, the program was targeted towards students who were at the ideal stage for musical development. “I really wanted to reach out to 4th and 5th graders to help spark their interest at that age, especially since they can join band in the 5th grade,” said Gulizia, who has been a music instructor at Eagle County Charter Academy for the past 24 years. The program has since developed into a lynchpin of musical education in the Vail Valley. It provides students the opportunity to learn about the history and culture that contextualizes America’s original artform. “Most kids would never be exposed to jazz, much less understand its development and relevance to American history, without this program,” said Dawn Vallejos, former music teacher at Eagle Valley and Edwards elementary schools. Gulizia and the faculty take an interdisciplinary approach to the individual elements of music—melody, harmony, rhythm, structure—and demonstrate how they come together to become a cohesive work of art. The classes involve both demonstration and participation, and students are taught key concepts including scales, chords, composition and improvisation.

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 the program has had on those young, developing minds. “So many former participants come up to me even 10 or 15 years later and say how much they remember what they learned in our program or how they went on to play an instrument,” said Gulizia. “It’s great to hear that we’ve made an impact and are keeping jazz alive for the next generation.” The program has served as a springboard for continued studies and professional careers in music for numerous Eagle County students. High school graduates Bora Basyildiz and Carlos Taal along with rising senior Pete Littman completed the Vail Jazz Goes to School program, and now perform regularly as the CJM Jazz Trio at venues throughout the Vail Valley. Edwards native Alec Mauro graduated from the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy and now attends Columbia University to pursue his musical development. For Alec, like many others, it all started with Vail Jazz Goes to School. Alec attests, “without mentors like Tony Gulizia, I would be nowhere in music.”

vail jazz goes to school (is) an incredibly important program that teaches the wonders of jazz to the children of eagle county -nicky d eford, senior manager of charitable contributions for vail resorts

The program also provides music teachers with a comprehensive curriculum, post-visit lesson plans and follow-up activities that complement the three classroom sessions with the musicians.

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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 and tambourines— playing rhythms and learning the art of improvisation. Stop by and join in this popular (and free) hands-on activity on select Sunday mornings at the Vail Farmers’ Market.

what you need to know date + time

July 8 - 29 Sundays, 11:00 AM - noon

tickets Free!


Jazz Tent, Solaris 141 East Meadow Drive map on pg. 80-81

parking / access

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

colorado student band showcase Select Colorado high school and university 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: august 5

kent denver jazz band

august 12

east high school 6th hour jazz combo

Director Keith Oxman

Director Stephen Holley

august 19

university of denver - lamont jazz small group 1

august 26

denver school of the arts

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Director Steve Wiest

Director Dave Hammond

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, please 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.


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.


From John Pizzarelli, to Diana Krall, to Gregory Porter, we’ve brought them all. Each of the 85+ performances presented each year is made possible by underwriters who believe in showcasing and perpetuating the artistry and talent of great jazz musicians.


Maximize your tax benefits by making a gift of appreciated stock to Vail Jazz.


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.


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.


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.


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 or contact Vail Jazz at 970.479.6146 or

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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 23rd year, the Workshop is conducted exclusively, and uniquely, without any written music, emphasizing listening skills, improvisation and playing by ear. Throughout ten very long days and nights, these 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.

In 2017, the stellar reputation of the Vail Jazz Workshop was formally recognized by Downbeat Magazine with the Downbeat Jazz Education Achievement Award. This very high approbation recognizes the seminal role that the Workshop has played in the lives and vocations of 274 North American high school jazzers to date, many of whom have advanced to highly successful careers in and around music, garnering Grammy recognition, recording opportunities, and performances at notable jazz venues and music festivals the world over.

roster of legendary (and tireless) jazz instructors including Workshop director John Clayton (bass), Jeff Clayton (sax), Bill Cunliffe (piano), Wycliffe Gordon (trombone), Lewis Nash (drums) and Terell Stafford (trumpet)­—faculty bios on pg. 91. Together these extraordinary mentors have coached many of the world’s most remarkable musical phenoms. Their amazing contribution to the Vail Jazz Workshop over its 23 years is incalculable.

The Vail Jazz Workshop draws some of the nation’s most prodigious teen musicians. Each year, more than 150 talented contenders vie for the 12 coveted scholarship slots, hoping to survive the pressure cooker and join the prestigious ranks of Workshop alumni who now regularly return as professionals to play at Vail Jazz events. This year, for example, Zach Brown (bass ‘07), Luke Celenza (piano ‘09), Cameron MacIntosh (drums ‘12), Jeffery Miller (trombone ‘13) and Hailey Niswanger (bass ‘07) will perform at the 2018 Vail Jazz Party. As one of the nation’s most highly regarded pre-college jazz incubators, the Workshop boasts a loyal

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ian banno bass

Born in the Providence, RI area to a family rife with musicians, Ian’s formal studies have included violin, guitar, piano, viola and both classical and jazz bass. Since focusing on jazz in the 10th grade, Ian has played in a plethora of bands, groups and orchestras, and received the Judge’s Choice Award (twice) at the Berklee High School Jazz Festival. He was a Grammy Band Finalist, was selected for the Berklee Global Jazz Institute Workshop at the Newport Jazz Festival and received numerous other awards.

willie bays alto sax

After moving to Olympia, WA, Willie attended the Port Townsend Jazz Workshop and was subsequently accepted into the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra. He has performed at various east coast venues in addition to the Monterey Jazz Festival. After playing a variety of instruments from a young age, Willie took up the saxophone at 12. Now 16, Willie also plays with the Lakewood (WA) Jazz Band and his own Willie Bays Quartet at various gigs around Seattle. He has also performed at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in NYC, the Montreal Jazz Festival, Toronto Jazz Festival and the Rochester International Jazz Festival.

dario bizio bass

Born and raised in West Los Angeles, Dario began playing piano at five and several years later started playing electric bass. In 6th grade orchestra, he was handed a double bass and, fortunately for us, his interest migrated toward jazz. His first private bass lesson was with Nashir Janmohammed (Vail Jazz Workshop 2013), with whom Dario still studies today. He has played in a variety of school-based bands as well as other orchestras, combos and ensembles.

summer camargo trumpet

A Hollywood, FL native, Summer has studied trumpet since 5th grade. The 17-year-old has been principal trumpet and section leader for the Dillard Center for the Arts Jazz Band and its Wind Orchestra, lead trumpet for the All Jazz Band of America and the All-County Jazz Band, played in Florida’s All-State Jazz Band, was principal trumpet in the Florida Youth Orchestra, and principal chair of the Frost School of Music Honor Band. Summer was YoungArts jazz trumpet winner, winner of the Essentially Ellington Composition/Arranging Contest and she has won several Outstanding Soloist Awards in both state and national competitions.

esteban castro piano

Hailing from Hackensack, NJ, Esteban started his keyboard studies at age 4 and added jazz studies at 6, having Fred Hersch as one of his current instructors. At 13, he was the youngest pianist to win First Prize at the Montreaux (Switzerland) Jazz Piano Solo Competition and at 14 was the youngest First Prize recipient of the Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition. He has garnered three ASCAP Foundation Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards (the first at age 10), and has won 10 Downbeat Student Music Awards, as well as a host of other awards, citations and Grammy Band performances. Esteban will turn 16 while attending the Vail Jazz Workshop.

joey curreri trumpet

First introduced to classical piano at 6, Joey—who’s based in Marina del Rey, CA—switched to the trumpet at 10, later venturing into jazz improvisation. Now 18, he has won the National YoungArts competition, has been a member of several Grammy bands, played in the Monk Peer-to-Peer All-Star Sextet and received the L.A. Jazz Society’s Shelly Manne New Talent Award. He was a finalist and scholarship recipient from the National YoungArts Competition, Monterey Next Generation Festival, Stanford Jazz Workshop and he won the Downbeat Award for Outstanding Student Jazz Combo. In the fall, Joey will be attending the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami.

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varun das drums

Born in Atlanta but living in Edison, NJ, Varun began playing guitar and drums at 5, and is currently studying with both Tony Moreno and Tommy Igoe. He has played in the Grammy Jazz Band, the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Big Band and the Princeton Symphonic Brass Group. He has toured with the New Jersey Youth Symphony, performed as part of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Workshop, and played with the Rutgers Summer Jazz Institute Big Band. He has been cited by YoungArts in Jazz Percussion, Essentially Ellington (Best Jazz Soloist) and Berklee College of Music. Varun will be attending the Manhattan School of Music in the fall.

Nate jones trombone

A native of Belmont, MA, 16-year-old Nate grew up in a family of music lovers—players as well as avid listeners—taking his first trombone lessons at the age of 9. Nate has studied for three years in the New England Conservatory Prep Program, and has participated in the New England Conservatory Jazz Lab and the Stanford Jazz Workshop. He has won numerous awards from the Massachusetts Association for Jazz Education as well as five Stanford Jazz Awards including Outstanding Soloist and two Outstanding Achievement Awards, plus three Outstanding Musicianship Awards from the Clark Terry Jazz Festival.

michael manasseh drums

Originally from North Carolina, Michael, 17, now calls Holliston, MA home. His drum studies have extended over 13 years, incorporating a wide variety of styles including rock, Afro-Cuban, North and South Indian styles and West African styles. Among his many awards were Outstanding Soloist in the Charles Mingus High School Competition, the Massachusetts Association for Jazz Education Outstanding Musicianship Award (twice), Grammy Band Finalist and Berklee High School Jazz Festival Outstanding Musicianship Award.

zach niess trombone

Born and raised in the Arlington, VA area, Zach has studied with his trombonist father for many years in addition to taking lessons with other pros. He attended the National Jazz Workshop in Virginia and, in addition to school-based bands, has played with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Summer Jazz Academy Milt Hinton Big Band, the Grammy Band, a YoungArts combo, the Arlington Youth Symphony, and has performed at venues such as Blues Alley and The Kennedy Center. He was cited by YoungArts for his trombone work. Zach will be attending the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami to study Trombone and Music Business.

coby petricone-berg alto sax

A native of Nyack, NY, Coby began with the piano in 2nd grade, moved to the violin in 4th grade, then switched to the sax in 5th grade. Now 17, he has played in an impressive roster of bands and ensembles, including Manhattan School of Music PreCollege Jazz, Brubeck Summer Jazz Colony, Berklee Global Jazz Institute at Newport Jazz Festival, Skidmore Summer Jazz, Rutgers Summer Jazz Institute, Eastman Summer Jazz and others. Coby was also honored as a Grammy Jazz Camp Finalist, a National YoungArts Merit Award Winner and received an Essentially Ellington Certificate of Merit.

zack shubert piano

Zack, based in Belmont, CA, has been studying piano from the time he was 5, and by 10 he was studying jazz piano. In addition to school-based groups and ensembles, Zack has played with the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, SFJazz High School All-Stars Big Band, several All-State jazz bands and the Cal Poly honor jazz band. He has won seven Downbeat Student Music Awards including Jazz Piano Soloist, numerous SFJazz combo and big band awards, Next Generation Jazz Festival awards and a variety of awards at the Stanford Jazz Workshop, including those for Outstanding Musician, the Solo Award, Future Stars Award and the Shape of Jazz to Come Award.


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The Vail Jazz Party features an exciting combination of riveting mainstage performances, captivating jam sessions and rousing multimedia tributes to jazz legends. For details about the Vail Jazz Party, please view the following pages:

lineup (pg. 64) hourly schedule (pg. 66) special shows (pg. 68-74) tickets + passes (pg. 79) artist bios (pg. 84-90)

what you need to know date + time

Labor Day Weekend August 30 - September 3


$55 / $75 Individual Tickets $375 / $450 Passes


Jazz Tent at Vail Square Vail Marriott Mountain Resort map on pg. 80-81

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


about the vail jazz party Jazz is presented around the world in many ways—subterranean clubs, elegant theaters, hotel lounges, backyard bashes, open air festivals and on towering stages at a plethora of reputable jazz mega-festivals. But the most exciting, improvisational and intimate format for listening to America’s quintessential art form is lesser known: the jazz party. Jazz parties dissolve the barrier between performers and audience members, bringing fans and musicians together in an exchange of their mutual passion for swing, soul and the freedom of expression. The format was established in 1963 when Dick Gibson, a Denver businessman, gathered jazz musicians and friends in an Aspen hotel for three days over Labor Day weekend to have an impromptu celebration. The weekend featured different formations of musicians playing together in a unrehearsed, informal setting, which was ultimately the key to its success. “The spontaneous nature of the festivities created a casual sort of brilliance,” and thus Dick Gisbson had created the first jazz party (The New York Times). The jazz party turned into an annual institution, and during his 30-year run, Dick presented an all-star lineup that featured some of the greatest musicians in the world. Jazz parties became a key crossroads for the social, musical and cultural intersections of the jazz 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 present its 24th iteration in 2018. The event has expanded over the years to comprise 11 sessions (12 this year), over 5 days, with 35 sets and more than 40 hours of worldclass jazz. The Vail Jazz Party is a convergence of natural beauty and jazz mastery, gathering 2,500 attendees in the Rocky Mountains during a time of the year when Vail’s summer season peaks in a breathtaking combination of sunshine and the crisp scent of the oncoming autumn months. It’s jazz for jazz lovers. Hardswingin’, heavy-hitting, prolific straight-ahead jazz artists bring their most passionate efforts forth as moments in jazz history unfold before a crowd of discerning fans. Join us over Labor Day weekend as we celebrate this vibrant and dynamic manifestation of the jazz tradition. Spotlighting contemporary sounds of the genre alongside tributes to the most cherished and timeless artists, the Vail Jazz Party serves as a spectacular conclusion to the 24th Annual Vail Jazz Festival.

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vail jazz party lineup soloists To learn more about the artists at the Vail Jazz Party, please view the artist bios on pages 84-89. Eric Alexander ts Peter Bernstein g Adrian Cunningham fl, cl, ts Jerohn Garnett b Niki Haris v Tyrone Jackson p

Sean Jones t Tony Monaco b3 James Morrison tb + t Lyndon Rochelle d Byron Stripling t + v


John Clayton B, Jeff Clayton as, Wycliffe Gordon tb, Terell Stafford t, Lewis Nash d, Bill Cunliffe p


Jeff Hamilton d, Tamir Hendelman p, Jon Hamar b


René Marie v, John Chin p, Elias Bailey b, Quentin Baxter d

benny green trio

Benny Green p, David Wong b, Aaron Kimmel d

MILE HI GOSPEL ENSEMBLE led by: Joseph Thomas Brown


Luke Celenza p, Zach Brown B, Cameron MacIntosh d, Hailey Niswanger as, Jeffery Miller tb


Ian Banno B, Willie Bays AS, Dario Bizio B, Summer Camargo T, Esteban Castro p, Joey Curreri t, Varun Das d, Nathaniel Jones tb, Michael Manasseh d, Zach Niess tb, Coby Petricone-Berg as, Zack Shubert p

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SPECIAL SHOWS The annual Vail Jazz Party boasts one of the most sophisticated jazz audiences in the world, with patrons arriving each summer from all over the globe to attend our yearly jazz extravaganza. Many of these jazz stalwarts—including our world-class musicians—tell us how exceptional and extraordinary our Special Shows are. These much-anticipated musicological confabs sprinkled throughout the Party have become, according to seasoned festival-goers, “distinctly Vail Jazz.” Illuminating the history, the complex personalities and the brilliance of improvisation, these mini “Great Courses” are among our most treasured musical offerings, both educational and entertaining. Each is a fun and fascinating musical journey, with some of today’s giants of jazz as our mentors. To learn more about each Special Show, please view pages 66-73.

opening session (pg. 68)

Vail Jazz All-Stars, Vail Jaz Alumni Quintet, Vail Jazz Party House Band

WESTSIDE STORY AND MORE: bill cunliffe’s tribute to leonard bernstein (pg. 69) Bill Cunliffe p, John Clayton b, Lewis Nash d, Guest: Peter Bernstein g

byron stripling’s multimedia presentation of joe williams + harry “sweets” edison: the basie connection (pg. 74) Byron Stripling t, Tamir Hendelman p, Jon Hamar b, Quentin Baxter d, Jeff Clayton as

tony monaco’s tribute to jimmy smith (pg. 71)

Tony Monaco b3, Lewis Nash d, Peter Bernstein g, Eric Alexander ts

Eric alexander’s tribute to the tenors of the windy city (pg. 75)

Eric Alexander ts, John Chin p, David Wong b, Aaron Kimmel d, Terell Stafford t, Wycliffe Gordon tb

wycliffe gordon’s nu funk machine dance party (pg. 73)

Wycliffe Gordon tb, Tyrone Jackson p, Jerohn Garnett b, Lyndon Rochelle d, Peter Bernstein g, Adrian Cunningham as, Sean Jones t, Terell Stafford t, Jeffery Miller tb, Sean Jones t, Guests: Jeff Clayton as, James Morrison t + tb

james morrison plays the lot (pg. 70)

James Morrison the lot, Benny Green p, Elias Bailey b, Jeff Hamilton d


Niki Haris v, Tyrone Jackson p, Tony Monaco b3, Jerohn Garnett b, Lyndon Rochelle d, Peter Bernstein g, Jeff Clayton as, Terell Stafford t, Byron Stripling t, Wycliffe Gordon tb, Jeffery Miller tb

PIANO DUOS (pg. 72)

Luke Celenza p, John Chin p, Bill Cunliffe p, Benny Green p, Tamir Hendelman p, Tyrone Jackson p

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vail jazz party hourly schedule THURSDAY 8.30




the arrabelle at vail square 4:30 PM

Patron Pass holders only

jazz tent, vail square 11:30 AM

Vail Jazz All-Stars Sean Jones t Luke Celenza p Jon Hamar b Aaron Kimmel d


6:00 PM

Vail Jazz All-Stars

12:40 PM

7:00 PM

Vail Jazz Alumni Quintet

1:50 PM

James Morrison Plays the Lot (pg. 68)

8:00 PM

Vail Jazz Party House Band

3:00 PM

Piano Duos (pg. 70)


jazz tent, vail square

friday 8.31 afternoon session jazz tent, vail square 1:00 PM

Benny Green p John Clayton b Jeff Hamilton d

2:10 PM

Byron Stripling t + V Tamir Hendelman p Jon Hamar b Lewis Nash d James Morrison t + tb

Eric Alexander ts 3:20 PM Bill Cunliffe p Zach Brown b Cameron MacIntosh d Hailey Niswanger as Sean Jones t Jeffery Miller tb

evening session

grand ballroom, vail marriott 7:00 PM

René Marie + Experiment in Truth

8:10 PM

Westside Story and More: Bill Cunliffe’s Tribute to Leonard Bernstein (pg. 67)

9:35 PM

Benny Green Trio

late night jam session

wing’s place, 2nd FLoor, vail marriott 10:35 PM

Tamir Hendelman p Zach Brown b Quentin Baxter d Jeff Clayton as Byron Stripling t Wycliffe Gordon tb

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PATRON DINNER WITH ARTISTS grand ballroom, vail marriott 5:30 PM

Patron Pass holders only


grand ballroom, vail marriott 7:45 PM

Niki Haris v Tyrone Jackson p Jerohn Garnett b Lyndon Rochelle d Guest: René Marie v

8:55 PM

Tony Monaco’s Multimedia Tribute to Jimmy Smith (pg. 69)

10:30 PM

Jeff Hamilton Trio


wing’s place, 2nd FLoor, vail marriott 11:30 PM

John Chin p David Wong b Aaron Kimmel d Eric Alexander ts Sean Jones t Jeffery Miller tb





jazz tent, vail square 9:00 AM

jazz tent, vail square

Niki Haris’ Gospel Prayer Meetin’ (pg. 70)

AFTERNOON SESSION jazz tent, vail square 11:30 AM

Vail Jazz All-Stars

12:40 PM

Vail Jazz Alumni Quintet

1:50 PM

Vail Jazz Party House Band

3:00 PM

Benny Green Trio

4:10 PM

Wycliffe Gordon’s Nu Funk Machine Dance Party (pg. 71)



grand ballroom, vail marriott 7:00 PM

Adrian Cunningham f, cl, ts Bill Cunliffe p Elias Bailey b Cameron MacIntosh d Peter Bernstein g Eric Alexander ts Sean Jones t

8:10 PM

Byron Stripling’s Multimedia Presentation of Joe Williams + Harry “Sweets” Edison The Basie Connection (pg. 72)

9:45 PM

Eric Alexander’s Tribute to the Tenors of the Windy City (pg. 73)


Tony Monaco b3 Jeff Hamilton d Peter Bernstein g Sean Jones t

12:40 PM

René Marie + Experiment in Truth Guest: Adrian Cunningham f, cl, ts Guest: Terell Stafford t Guest: Wycliffe Gordon tb

1:50 PM

Peter Bernstein g John Chin p David Wong b Lewis Nash d

3:00 PM

Jeff Hamilton Trio

4:10 PM

Luke Celenza p Tony Monaco b3 Zach Brown b Quentin Baxter d Adrian Cunningham cl Jeff Clayton as Hailey Niswanger as Sean Jones t James Morrison t + tb Terell Stafford t Byron Stripling t Wycliffe Gordon tb Jeffery Miller tb


vail chophouse

wing’s place, 2nd FLoor, vail marriott 10:45 PM

11:30 AM

Luke Celenza p John Clayton b Cameron MacIntosh d Adrian Cunningham f, cl, ts Hailey Niswanger as James Morrison t + tb

6:00 PM

Tony Gulizia p Brian Loftus d

Reservations recommended: 970.477.0555 This is not a ticketed event

instrument key as b b3 cl d f

Alto Saxophone Bass Hammond B3 Organ Clarinet Drums Flute

g p ts tb t v

Guitar Piano Tenor Saxophone Trombone Trumpet Vocals

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opening session

Vail Jazz Workshop students, alumni + faculty

8/30 6:00 pm

Call it a musical homecoming, a jazz family reunion. This special performance marks the beginning of the Vail Jazz Party with a multi-generational tour de force. The evening opens with the Vail Jazz All Stars, a dozen of the best and brightest high school jazz players fresh out of the Vail Jazz Workshop. Their infectious enthusiasm and precocious talent always brings Vail audiences to their feet. Next, the Vail Jazz Alumni Quintet takes the stage, featuring five former Vail Jazz Workshop students handpicked from its 22 years of alumni. This year features Luke Celenza (piano ‘09), Zach Brown (bass ‘07), Cameron MacIntosh (drums ‘12), Hailey Niswanger (alto saxophone ‘07) and Jeffery Miller (trombone ‘13). The grand finale of the night is the Vail Jazz Party House Band, comprised of the Vail Jazz Workshop instructors— John Clayton, Jeff Clayton, Bill Cunliffe, Terell Stafford, Wycliffe Gordon, and Lewis Nash. Buy your tickets early; it’s always standing room only as six of the world’s most revered jazz mentors take the stage with a coterie of their top disciples on this very special night.

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8/31 8:10 pm

westside story and more

bill cunliffe’s tribute to leonard bernstein

Louis “Leonard” Bernstein (1918-1990) is among the first US-born conductors to achieve worldwide acclaim, owing in large part to his long tenure as the music director of the New York Philharmonic. During and after World War II, his conducting and composing status grew steadily and his score for the ballet Fancy Free was developed into the musical On The Town for Broadway. His encyclopedic knowledge of music, combined with an ability to explain its intricacies in engaging ways, served him well when combined with his mastery of the emerging television medium. He hosted frequent televised concerts as conductor, performer and educator. His 53 Young People’s Concerts on CBS made him a well-known figure, as famous for his educational work as for his conducting. Despite his aspiration to achieve fame as a classical composer (ultimately only modestly realized), he is best remembered—100 years after his birth in Massachusetts—for his highly popular and enduring score for West Side Story, premiered in 1957 after 8 years of intermittent work. The dark theme (Romeo and Juliet, set among rival street gangs in NYC), sophisticated music, extended dance sequences and focus on social problems marked a turning point in American musical theater. Although nominated for six Tony Awards, it did not win Best Musical, but the movie version won 10 Oscars. The hugely memorable soundtrack, however, won a Grammy and was No. 1 on the Billboard chart for a record 54 weeks. The popularity of Bernstein’s West Side Story was leveraged in subsequent years by a wide variety of (mostly jazz) treatments of the material, including adaptations by the Buddy Rich Big Band, The Stan Kenton Orchestra, Oscar Peterson, Dave Brubeck, Earl Hines, Cal Tjader and Dave Grusin, as well as many symphonic treatments... and even a West Side Story release by violinist Joshua Bell.

Over many years, an unusually large number of West Side Story arrangements and performances have received Grammy nods—a fitting tribute to the brilliance of Leonard’s score. Presenting this centennial-inspired tribute to the music of West Side Story (and more) is pianist/composer/arranger/conductor Bill Cunliffe (bio pg. 85), who will share insights via video clips, stills and recordings. No stranger to the haunting themes that permeate this memorable score, Bill won the 2010 Grammy for Best Instrumental Arrangement of Oscar Peterson’s “West Side Story Medley.”

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james morrison plays the lot

9/1 1:50 pm

As far as anyone can tell, James Morrison (bio pg. 89) is the only musician in the world who can expertly play every instrument in a big band. We’re not talking a few notes on a few instruments, we’re talking virtuoso-grade playing on more instruments than you can count on both hands, leading to a plethora of Best Jazz Album awards over the years. On his big band album Snappy Too he plays everything but drums, and composes and arranges. Snappy Too contains a 17-piece multi-tracked “ensemble,” exciting arrangements, tight section work and superb solos, all with just two musicians—James and drummer Jeff Hamilton (bio pg. 87). In addition, James composed six of the tunes and arranged 10, containing five sax parts, four trumpets, four trombones, piano, guitar and bass. This remarkable set highlights his multi-talent/ multi-instrumental predilections. For those who are keeping score, James will likely play the bugle, cornet, pocket trumpet, slide trum-


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pet, piccolo trumpet, tuba, euphonium, bass trombone, tenor trombone (both slide and valve versions), trumpet, bass trumpet and flugelhorn. He’s also been known to pick up the sax, guitar, bass and play piano. Let’s not forget, he plays the audience, too. After hearing James in this set, anyone having aspirations toward playing a musical instrument will likely throw in the towel. In James’ case, after mastering one, he’d say, “Ok, what else have you got?” To say he “plays the lot” is an understatement. He’s all over the lot.


9/1 8:55 pm

tribute to jimmy smith

by tony monaco

Jimmy Smith (ca 1927-2005) started his career at 6, doing a song-and-dance routine in clubs with his father, while teaching himself to play the piano. At 9, he won a radio talent contest as a boogie-woogie pianist and for the next 15 years played with a number of Philadelphia R&B bands. Wild Bill Davis, a popular jazz pianist and organist of the era, performed on an electronic Hammond organ, and after Smith heard him, he was hooked—switching to the instrument in 1954. He purchased his first Hammond B3 organ, rented a warehouse to practice in, and within two years began churning out albums—nearly 40 in just eight years for the Blue Note and Verve labels. Not content to play in the established manner of his B3 predecessors, Jimmy was an explorer of the vast possibilities of the organ, looking to take it well beyond the stereotypical styles heard in churches, movie theaters and baseball parks. Smith stretched the limits of the instrument, discovering a seemingly infinite number of sonic possibilities—from quiet growls to polytonal big-band voices to squeals, percussive clicks, flutes, marimbas and massive hall-filling swells. His virtuoso improvisational technique had a major impact on popularizing the B3 as a jazz and blues instrument, eventually leading him to record with such artists as Quincy Jones, Frank Sinatra, B.B.King, Dr. John, Michael Jackson, Dee Dee Bridgewater and latter-day B3 whiz Joey De Francesco. Smith’s style and tonal combinations have since been widely emulated by jazz and blues organists ever since. Known as “God” by jazz organists around the world, Smith played with an unmistakable groove and for five decades was the most admired and emulated master of the instrument. In 1962, Smith received a Grammy nomination for “Walk On The Wild Side,” and in 2005 was awarded the NEA Jazz Masters Award, America’s highest honor for jazz musicians. All that and more is channeled by one of Smith’s students of the B3, Tony Monaco (bio pg. 88). Tony’s mission is to raise awareness and appreciation of jazz organ and its importance in genres as diverse as traditional Gospel, RnB and Modern Jazz: all of which were changed by the great Jimmy Smith.

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9/1 3:00 pm

piano duos The phrase “tickling the ivories” doesn’t even come close to describing the musical fireworks that will emanate from the Vail Jazz stage in this year’s iteration of the popular Piano Duos offering. Vail Jazz audiences eagerly anticipate the stunning improvisational antics that always ensue as some of today’s most highly lauded “ivory impresarios”—presented in various combinations and amalgamations—thrill, awe and inspire with their real-time mind-melding digital revelations. Luke Celenza, John Chin, Bill Cunliffe, Benny Green, Tamir Hendelman, and Tyrone Jackson provide the keyboard wizardry... always with a few musical surprises thrown in.


9/2 9:00 am

gospel prayer meetin’ featuring niki haris

Celebrating its 20th annual congregation, this standing-room-only celebration embodies the spirit, energy and soul of Gospel music and the huge role it has played as the evolutionary origin of jazz. Growing in popularity each year, Vail Jazz audiences delight in the way this Sunday rise-and-shine musical pageant gathers a full head of steam throughout the morning, celebrating religious anthems, field hollers, work songs and, by morning’s end, good ol’ fashioned foot stompin’ and hand clappin’. Led by the dynamic and energetic Niki Haris—herself a ball of fire—this spirit lifting journey is a rousing tribute to empyreal passion and positivity. Joining Niki (bio pg. 87) and a world-class aggregation of jazzers is the Mile Hi Gospel Ensemble, golden-voiced choristers who always bring their Sunday best to Niki’s Prayer Meetin’. Arrive early!

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9/2 4:10 pm

Funk: Music genre originating in African American communities in the mid-’60’s (largely credited to James Brown) characterized by a rhythmic, danceable mixture of soul, jazz and R&B. Sub genres: Avant funk, liquid funk, deep funk, electro funk, free funk, G-funk, timba funk, P-funk, jazz funk and... nu funk. Nu funk: Originating in Brooklyn in the 1980’s, now a worldwide phenomenon, adapting influences

nu funk machine dance party featuring wycliffe gordon

from hip hop, funky breaks, dubstep and deep funk bands. It’s the most funky of the funks, and just plain fun. Wycliffe’s Nu Funk Machine Dance Party: put your dancin’ shoes on! Nobody brings it like Wycliffe (bio pg. 86). From James Brown (of course) to Stevie Wonder to Marvin Gaye to Michael Jackson to Wycliffe originals. Funkay-funkay. No dance floor, no problem—you won’t stay

in your seat for long once this party gets started. Wycliffe always puts the fun in funk. Underwriters: Allan Finney + Nancy Gage

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joe williams + harry sweets edison byron stripling’s multimedia tribute: the basie connection

9/2 8:10 pm

Edison released four albums between 1959 and 1962, including Together, Have a Good Time, A Swingin’ Night in Birdland, and Joe Williams Sings About You! This was a highly prolific period for both of them: Williams released 11 albums, and Edison released 10 as a leader (and another 20 as a sideman) between 1958 and 1962.

Sometimes referred to as “the blues singer in the tuxedo,” Joe Williams (1918-1999) worked as a singer and bouncer in Chicago in the 1930’s, crooning with a variety of big bands throughout the Midwest. In the 1940s he toured more widely with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra, but it wasn’t until the ‘50s, joining as singer with the Count Basie Orchestra, that Williams achieved acclaim, producing a number of successful recordings—notable among them “Every Day I Have the Blues” and “Alright, Okay, You Win.” He was nominated for eight Grammys, winning Best Jazz Vocal Performance in 1984. One of Williams’ many successful musical alliances was with anoth-

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er Basie alum, trumpeter Harry “Sweets” Edison (1915-1999), whose soft, economical, muted playing perfectly supported such vocalists as Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Mel Tormé, Sarah Vaughan, and Billie Holiday. “Sweets”—so named because of the constant bevy of young ladies who surrounded him—led many of his own groups after a 13-year education with the Basie band. Settling on the West Coast in the ‘50s, he became a highly favored studio talent and for the next 20 years worked in many television orchestras, at concerts and in Las Vegas. He recorded 20 albums as a leader and another 80 as a sideman. Together, Joe Williams and “Sweets”

Who better to personify Joe Williams—the suave gentleman with the deep burnished voice—than Vail Jazz regular Byron Stripling? Equally renowned for his sensitive and mellifluous trumpet renditions, Byron will honor the centennial of Joe Williams’ birth... and the Basie-based friendship with “Sweets” Edison. In this special presentation, supplemented by video, recordings and photographs, Byron (bio pg. 90) will reflect on the careers of both, revisit some of their respective (and mutual) success, and provide meaningful insights about their era, their lives, their friendship and their music.



the tenors of the windy city

9:45 pm

In jazzdom, they say the tenor sax is to Chicago what the trumpet is to New Orleans. Thanks to an abundance of colossal Chicago tenor players, “Chicago jazz” is almost incomplete without it. Think of the legends: Ari Brown, Fred Anderson, Von Freeman, Clifford Jordan, Johnny Griffin, Eddie Harris and Gene Ammons. They all had a big, strong sound, combined with extraordinary technical accomplishment. Up front and in your face—fundamental to “that Chicago tenor sound.” Yet, each of these Chicago jazz icons offered a unique take on the Windy City style, offering it with his own personal interface by assertively weaving the blues into whatever brilliance was gushing from that horn. Now for the backstory: All these guys had something else in common—the influence, directly or indirectly, of a high school music teacher known as Walter “Captain” Dyett who worked his magic in a black community in Chicago from 1931 to 1961. An accomplished violinist, teacher, inspirational leader and mentor, he taught more than 20,000 fledgling student musicians and nurtured many of the

a tribute featuring eric alexander

world’s most famous jazz luminaries from his rookery at DeSable High School. In addition to most of the sax masters named above, his protégés included Oscar Brashear, Nat “King” Cole, Bo Diddley, Arthur Prysock, Dorothy Donegan, Milt Hinton, Dinah Washington, Redd Foxx, Sonny Cohn, Johnny Hartman, Julian Priester, Wilbur Ware and Leroy Jenkins, to name just a few. As one of his former students said describing the life-changing Dyett, “for him to look at you with those eyes, to smile at you, for this giant to say you’re cool...” Talk about changing the world with a smile and a few kind words. In gratitude to the remarkable “Captain” Dyett and a handful of intense Chicago tenor players, Eric Alexander (bio pg. 84) offers his take, with stills and commentary, on these influential elements and the “Chicago sound” that was so critical in Eric’s own formative years as a sax-toting youth in Chicago.

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ticket information vail jazz @ vail square (pg. 28) 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 performance.

general admission $25

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

preferred seating $40

Ticket includes assigned seat in preferred section, towards the front of the tent.

premium seating $50

Ticket includes assigned seat in premium section, at the front of the tent, with padded banquet seats.

preferred subscription $136

Subscription of preferred tickets to four performances of your choice from the Vail Jazz @ Vail Square series, at a savings of 15%. Subscriptions may only be used for one ticket per performance.

premium subscription $170

Subscription of premium tickets to four performances of your choice from the Vail Jazz @ Vail Square series, at a savings of 15%. Subscriptions may only be used for one ticket per performance.

vail jazz club series (pg. 20) Ludwig’s Terrace at the Sonnenalp is set “jazz club” styles with small tables, which are “first come, first seated.” Performances comprise two seatings, each includes one 75-minute performance. Full dinner service available; a $30 food and beverage minimum per person and 20% gratuity will be applied.

ticket $40

Ticket includes entry to one general admission seating.

subscription $136

Subscription of tickets to four performances of your choice from the Vail Jazz Club Series, at a savings of 15%. Subscriptions may only be used for one ticket per performance.

vail jazz gala (pg. 18) Ticket includes cocktail hour, three-course dinner and performance at The Sebastian Vail.

ticket $250

Ticket includes seating at a table of eight.


ticket information

table $2,000

Reserved table for eight.

vail jazz party (pg. 60) 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 of the Vail Jazz Party on Thursday evening, consisting of three sets of music.

afternoon session $55

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

gospel prayer meetin’ $75

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

performance pass $375


A no-frills pass that provides early entry to all sessions throughout the Vail Jazz Party (a $575 value).

patron pass $450


An all-inclusive pass that provides early entry to all sessions throughout the Vail Jazz Party, and includes special patron events, the Opening Night Reception on Thursday 8/30 and dinner with the artists on Saturday evening 9/1 (a $725 value). *passes increase price on 8/24/18

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.


terms + conditions » All tickets are non-refundable. » All tickets subject to a 5% processing fee and a $2 service fee per transaction. » Will Call tickets are assessed an additional $1 fee. 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 silence or turn off cell phones prior to entering the venue. » Flash photography and the recording of any performance (audio or video) are 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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venue maps vail jazz @ The Market (pg. 46) Jammin’ Jazz Kids + CO high school band showcase (pg. 54) Jazz Tent at Solaris | 141 E Meadow Drive

vail jazz club series (pg. 20)

Ludwig’s Terrace, Sonnenalp Hotel | 20 Vail Road

Gala: Bossa Nova nights (pg. 18) The Sebastian - Vail | 16 Vail Road

vail jazz @ the remedy (pg. 50)

The Remedy Bar, Four Seasons Resort | 1 Vail Road

vail jazz @ vail square (pg. 28) vail jazz party opening + afternoon sessions (pg. 64) gospel prayer meetin’ (pg. 70) Jazz Tent at Vail Square, Arrabelle | 675 Lionshead Place

“party on” at the chophouse (pg. 28) Vail Chophouse | 675 Lionshead Place

vail jazz party evening sessions (pg. 64) Grand Ballroom, Vail Marriott | 715 W. Lionshead Circle

vail jazz party late night jams (pg. 64)

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

vail jazz party patron reception (pg. 64) The Arrabelle at Vail Square | 675 Lionshead Place

vail jazz @ riverwalk (pg. 40)

Riverwalk Amphitheater | 175 Main Street, Edwards

For information about each event/series, view the referenced page. For ticket information view pages 78-79. To see all events on a calendar, view pages 14-15.

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2018 complete event list July 1: sunday

July 19: thursday

12:00 PM

Los Chicos Malos (sol / pg. 47) 

6:00 PM

Django Festival All-Stars (vsq / pg. 31)

8:00 PM

BLT + Leo Munoz-Corona (rem / pg. 50) 

8:00 PM

Party On! with Kathy Morrow (chp) 

July 4: wednesday 10:00 AM

4th of July Parade

July 5: thursday

July 20: friday 6:00 PM

Joe Smith + The Spicy Pickles (riv / pg. 41) 

July 22: sunday

6:00 PM

The Hot Sardines (vsq / pg. 29)

11:00 AM

Jammin’ Jazz Kids (sol / pg. 54) 

8:00 PM

Party On! with Kathy Morrow (chp) 

12:00 PM

Joe Deninzon + Friends (sol / pg. 47) 

8:00 PM

BLT + Joe Deninzon (riv / pg. 50) 

July 6: friday 6:00 PM

Hazel Miller Band (riv / pg. 41) 

July 8: sunday 11:00 AM

Jammin’ Jazz Kids (sol / pg. 54) 

12:00 PM

Delta Sonics (sol / pg. 47) 

8:00 PM

BLT + Al Chesis (rem / pg. 50) 

July 9: monday 5:30 PM

Gala: Bossa Nova Nights (seb / pg. 18)

July 11: wednesday 5:00 PM

Nachito Herrera Trio (lud / pg. 21)

7:30 PM

Nachito Herrera Trio (lud / pg. 21)

July 12: thursday 6:00 PM

Nachito Herrera: A Night in Havana (vsq / pg. 30)

8:00 PM

Party On! with Kathy Morrow (chp) 

July 13: friday 6:00 PM

Ginga (riv / pg. 39) 

July 15: sunday

July 25: wednesday 5:00 PM

Tony DeSare: Solo (lud / pg. 23)

7:30 PM

Tony DeSare: Solo (lud / pg. 23)

July 26: thursday 6:00 PM

Tony DeSare: On the Vegas Strip (vsq / pg. 32)

8:00 PM

Party On! with Kathy Morrow (chp) 

July 27: friday 6:00 PM

Ayo Awosika (riv / pg. 41) 

July 29: sunday 11:00 AM

Jammin’ Jazz Kids (sol / pg. 54) 

12:00 PM

Tap + Jazz: Collaboration with Vail International Dance Festival (sol / pg. 47) 

8:00 PM

BLT + Chuck Lamb (rem / pg. 50) 

august 1: wednesday 5:00 PM

Andrea Motis feat. Joel Frahm (lud / pg. 24)

7:30 PM

Andrea Motis feat. Joel Frahm (lud / pg. 24)

august 2: thursday

11:00 AM

Jammin’ Jazz Kids (sol / pg. 54) 

6:00 PM

Andrea Motis feat. Joel Frahm (vsq / pg. 35)

12:00 PM

BLT with Bob Rebholz and special guest Liliane Murdoch (sol / pg. 47) 

8:00 PM

Party On! with Kathy Morrow (chp) 

8:00 PM

BLT + Bob Rebholz with Liliane Murdoch (rem / pg. 50) 

July 18: wednesday 5:00 PM

Django Festival All-Stars (lud / pg. 22)

7:30 PM

Django Festival All-Stars (lud / pg. 22)

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august 3: friday 6:00 PM

Red Young + His Hot Horns (riv / pg. 42) 

august 5: sunday 11:00 AM

CO Student Band Showcase: Kent Denver Jazz Band (sol / pg. 54) 

12:00 PM

(sol / pg. 48) 

8:00 PM

BLT + Robert Johnson (rem / pg. 48) 

Robert Johnson and the Mark Diamond Trio

august 8: wednesday 5:00 PM

Nicki Parrott’s Trib. to Peggy Lee (lud / pg. 25)

7:30 PM

Nicki Parrott’s Trib. to Peggy Lee (lud / pg. 25)

august 9: thursday 6:00 PM

Nicki Parrott’s Multimedia Tribute to Peggy Lee (vsq / pg. 36)

8:00 PM

Party On! with Kathy Morrow (chp) 

august 10: friday 6:00 PM

Paa Kow (riv / pg. 42) 

august 12: sunday 11:00 AM

CO Student Band Showcase: East HS 6th Hour Jazz Combo (sol / pg. 54) 

12:00 PM

Kathy Morrow + DZ (sol / pg. 48) 

8:00 PM

BLT + Ron Bland (rem / pg. 50) 

august 16: thursday 6:00 PM

Veronica Swift with the Emmet Cohen Trio

8:00 PM

Party On! with Kathy Morrow (chp) 

(vsq / pg. 37)

august 17: friday 6:00 PM

Quemando (riv / pg. 42) 

august 31: friday 1:00 PM

VJP: Afternoon Session (vsq / pg. 64)

7:00 PM

VJP: Evening Session (mar / pg. 64)

10:35 PM

VJP: Late Night Jam Session (wgp / pg. 64)

september 1: saturday 11:30 AM

VJP: Vail Jazz All-Stars (vsq / pg. 64) 

12:40 PM

VJP: Afternoon Session (vsq / pg. 64)

5:30 PM

Vail Jazz Party: Patron Dinner (mar / pg. 64)

7:45 PM

VJP: Evening Session (mar / pg. 64)

11:30 PM

VJP: Late Night Jam Session (wgp / pg. 64)

*Patron Pass Holders Only

september 2: sunday 9:00 AM

Gospel Prayer Meetin’ (vsq / pg. 70)

11:30 AM

VJP: Vail Jazz All-Stars (vsq / pg. 65) 

12:40 PM

VJP: Afternoon Session (vsq / pg. 65)

7:00 PM

VJP: Evening Session (mar / pg. 65)

10:45 PM

VJP: Late Night Jam Session (wgp / pg. 65)

september 3: monday 11:30 AM

VJP: Afternoon Session (vsq / pg. 65)

6:00 PM

Tony Gulizia + Brian Loftus (chp / pg. 65) 

august 19: sunday 11:00 AM

CO Student Band Showcase: Lamont Jazz Small Group I (sol / pg. 54) 

12:00 PM

Fortunato (sol / pg. 48) 

8:00 PM

BLT + Anthony Salvo (rem / pg. 50) 

august 23: thursday 6:00 PM

Akiko / Hamilton / Dechter (vsq / pg. 38)

8:00 PM

Party On! with Kathy Morrow (chp) 

august 24: friday 6:00 PM

Claxton / Kovalcheck / Amend (riv / pg. 42) 

august 26: sunday 11:00 AM

CO Student Band Showcase: Denver School of the Arts (sol / pg. 54) 

12:00 PM

Wayne Wilkinson Trio (sol / pg. 48) 

8:00 PM

BLT with surprise guests (rem / pg. 50) 

august 30: thursday 4:30 PM

Vail Jazz Party: Patron Reception (ARA / pg. 64)

6:00 PM

Vail Jazz Party: Opening Session (vsq / pg. 66)

8:00 PM

Party On! with Kathy Morrow (chp) 

*Patron Pass Holders Only

 indicates free event VENUE KEY ARA Arrabelle at Vail Square CHP Vail Chophouse lud Ludwig’s Terrace, Sonnenalp Hotel MAR Vail Marriott (Grand Ballroom) REM The Remedy Bar, Four Seasons RIV Riverwalk Amphitheater, Edwards seb The Sebastian - Vail SOL Jazz Tent, Solaris VSQ Jazz Tent, Vail Square WGP Wing’s Place, Vail Marriot

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vail jazz party artists Eric alexander tenor sax

Eric started piano lessons at the age of 6, adding the clarinet and sax to his repertoire in subsequent years. The tenor sax became his obsession while studying in college with Harold Mabern, Joe Lovano, Rufus Reid and others. In 1991, Eric placed second in the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition, helping to launch his career as a professional jazz musician. That same year, he released his first album as a leader, while also appearing on numerous releases as a sideman, eventually adding producer and composer credits to his résumé. He appears on upwards of 100 albums. Among his influences are Charlie Parker, George Coleman and John Coltrane. Living in NYC, Eric is active in the club scene there, while also continuing to tour internationally.

elias bailey bass

Playing professionally since he was 15, Elias graduated high school with numerous national awards to his credit including a scholarship from the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts. At 19, Elias joined the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, performing at prestigious venues in the US, Europe and the Caribbean. He has performed with Mulgrew Miller, Bruce Barth and Kenny Werner, and currently tours in support of vocalist René Marie, appearing at many renowned clubs and festivals. His bass instructors have included Milt Hinton and John Clayton.

quentin baxter drums

Educated in the Charleston area, which he still calls home, Quentin has been nominated for two Grammys, as both musician and producer. He has worked with an impressive roster of jazz notables including Monty Alexander, Wycliffe Gordon, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Marcus Roberts, Joey DeFrancesco, Bobby Watson, Donald Byrd, Charlie Byrd and many others. Currently touring worldwide with both René Marie and Freddy Cole, he regularly performs at high-profile jazz festivals and venues including The Kennedy Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Joy of Jazz Festival (South Africa), Toulouse Jazz Festival, Umbria Jazz Festival and Spoleto Festival (Italy and Charleston).

peter bernstein guitar

Peter has been featured on nearly 100 recordings—including nine of his own—and is active on the festival, concert and club scene worldwide. His career was fostered early on by Jim Hall, Lou Donaldson and Jimmy Cobb. In the ‘90s he was a member of Joshua Redman’s band, later played with Diana Krall for several years and has appeared in outings led by Dr. Lonnie Smith, Nicholas Payton, Sonny Rollins, Lee Konitz, Tom Harrell and Eric Alexander.

zach brown bass

Zach’s musical studies started in first grade, gradually expanding to include piano, cello, percussion and both acoustic and electric bass. Although much in demand for both his electric and upright bass work, his interest in music extends well beyond the instrumental realm. He is an accomplished recording engineer, mixer and producer based in NYC who has engineered sessions in a wide variety of musical styles for clients including Demi Lovato, Esperanza Spalding, Terri Lyne Carrington and Valerie Simpson. Zach attended the Vail Jazz Workshop in 2007.

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luke celenza piano

Winner of three New York Emmy awards for his work composing and performing music with his brother for their YouTube series Frankie Cooks, Luke studied with Michel Camilo for a dozen years and has performed with Conrad Herwig, Rich Perry, Dick Oatts and Joe Lovano, among others. He was named a YoungArts Presidential Scholar in the Arts, and earned a Silver Award from the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts and a DownBeat Student Music Award for Outstanding Performance. Luke attended the Vail Jazz Workshop in 2009.

john chin piano

Well established on the NYC jazz scene, John was born in Seoul and raised in LA. Introduced to the piano at age 4, he began studying jazz at California State University at the age of 14, receiving his B.A. in Music at 19. He pursued his Masters of Music degree from Rutgers University under the tutelage of master pianist and composer Kenny Barron. He has performed internationally as both leader and sideman at major festivals as well as some of the world’s most storied jazz rooms. John’s prolific composing, as well as his eclectic playing style, are informed by inspirations from jazz, pop and western classical traditions.

jeff clayton alto sax

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, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Michael Jackson and Patti Labelle. He also toured with 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 22nd year teaching at the Vail Jazz Workshop.

john clayton bass

By age 16, John was studying with legendary bassist Ray Brown, and by age 19 John 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 (eight-time Grammy nominee), 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 23 years.

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 highly regarded Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Award, has received five Grammy nominations and is a two-time Emmy nominee. Bill has written numerous film scores, has penned a wide range of choral, classical and jazz compositions and regularly plays with his trio, his big band, his Latin band and his classical-jazz ensemble. This is Bill’s 23rd year teaching at the Vail Jazz Workshop.

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adrian cunningham tenor sax, clarinet, flute

A central fixture on the NYC jazz scene, Adrian is one of Australia’s top musical exports, touring globally, frequenting the top jazz venues worldwide and performing regularly at the most prestigious jazz festivals. He has performed and/or recorded with such luminaries as Wynton Marsalis, Wycliffe Gordon, Bucky Pizzarelli, Chris Potter, René Marie, Ken Peplowski, Diego Figueiredo, Jeff Hamilton, John Clayton and many others. He can be heard on the soundtracks for Boardwalk Empire and The Aviator, in addition to his 10 albums and several DVDs. Adrian plays regularly with the Adrian Cunningham Quartet and is one of the most in-demand jazz freelancers in the US.

jerohn garnett electric bass

Born and raised in LA, Jerohn began playing drums at the age of 3 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, Chaka Kahn, Jeff Lorber, 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

Jazz Journalists Association named him “Trombonist of the Year” for the 10th time in 2017, and DownBeat Critics Poll named Wycliffe “Best Trombone” for four years. Most recently Wycliffe received the “Louie Award” honoring his dedication and commitment to the music of Louis Armstrong, and received the International Trombone Association Award in 2017, which recognizes the highest level of creative and artistic achievement. In 2015, Wycliffe was presented the Satchmo award from the Sarasota Jazz Club, received the Louis Armstrong Memorial Prize presented by the Swing Jazz Culture Foundation, and was named Artist of the Year (2015) by the Augusta Arts Council. This is his seventh year as an instructor at the Vail Jazz Workshop.

benny green piano

Born in New York in 1963, Benny Green grew up in Berkeley, California, and began classical piano studies at the age of seven. Since emerging under the tutelage of Betty Carter, Art Blakey, Freddie Hubbard and Ray Brown in the early 1980s, Benny Green has become a highly regarded pianist and bandleader. Since emerging under the tutelage of Betty Carter, Art Blakey, Freddie Hubbard and Ray Brown in the early 1980s, Benny Green has become a highly regarded pianist and bandleader. His efforts to expand upon the language of the classical jazz canon have placed him not only among the best interpreters but also among the vanguard of musicians keeping jazz’s evolution going.

john hamar bass

Jon was born in Kennewick, Washington. He began playing the string bass at age 11 and a year later began playing the electric bass as well. Jon’s parents are musical and Jon grew up listening to his father play gospel, boogie woogie and classical music at the piano and his mother play the oboe and sing at church. His parents were a great musical influence on him from an early age. In 2012 Jon joined the faculty at the Centrum Jazz Workshop under the Artistic Direction of John Clayton.

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jeff hamilton drums

At the age of 8, Jeff began playing the drums along with his parents’ Oscar Peterson records, only to find himself appearing in an Oscar Peterson documentary years later. Today he is featured with some of the top names in jazz and pop, on more than 200 records... with a stunning 20+ receiving 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, Gene Harris, Barbra Streisand, George Shearing and Diana Krall.

niki haris vocals

Singer, songwriter, arranger, dancer and choreographer, Niki’s dynamic performances reflect her love of being 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 including 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.

tamir hendelman piano

Beginning his keyboard studies as a young child in Tel Aviv, Tamir moved to the U.S. at 12 and within two years he won Yamaha’s national keyboard competition. Now based in L.A., Tamir is much sought after as both pianist and arranger, having recorded and toured with Barbra Streisand, Natalie Cole, John Pizzarelli, Gladys Knight, Diana Krall and many others. Touring throughout the US, Europe and Asia, Tamir’s performing and arranging prowess has been sought as part of the Jeff Hamilton Trio, the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Tierney Sutton, Roberta Gambarini and as guest soloist with the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, in addition to fronting his own trio.

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 Kevin Bales, Ellis Marsalis and gospel legend Moses Hogan. 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 Spalding, Gerald Albright, Spyro Gyra and many others.

sean jones trumpet

Singing and performing as a child with the church choir in Warren, Ohio, Sean dedicated himself to the trumpet at the age of 10, upon his first exposure to Miles Davis. An in-demand professional even while studying at Rutgers, he joined the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and has since recorded and/or performed with a plethora of jazz notables including Illinois Jacquet, Jimmy Heath, Frank Foster, Nancy Wilson, Dianne Reeves, Gerald Wilson and Marcus Miller. To date he has released seven recordings of his own and has performed on a dozen others.

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aaron kimmel drums

Aaron Kimmel is a native of Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania and is now based out of New York City. Aaron is a Bachelor of Music graduate from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Kenny Washington and Billy Drummond. Since arriving in New York, he has had the honor of playing with such jazz luminaries as Benny Golson, Ken Peplowski, Ryan Kisor, Lew Tabackin, Robin Eubanks, Ann Hampton Callaway, Mary Stallings, Benny Green, Mike LeDonne, Peter Zak and Jon Faddis.

cameron macintosh drums

Brooklyn-born and New Jersey-raised, Cam began playing at 9. While participating in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington competition, he received Outstanding Soloist & Outstanding Rhythm Section nods, and is a veteran of several Grammy jazz ensembles, and was a 3-year member of the Monterey Jazz Next Generation Jazz Orchestra. Now calling NYC home, Cam is currently a student at Juilliard and also studies with Kenny Washington and Billy Drummond He has performed with such icons as Christian McBride, Lou Donaldson, Chick Corea, Jimmy Heath, Al Jarreau and David Sanborn. Cameron attended the Vail Jazz Workshop in 2012.

rené marie vocals

Although she didn’t start her singing career until she was 42, over the intervening two decades René has issued 11 recordings of her own, cementing her reputation as not only a singer but also a composer, arranger, theatrical performer and teacher. René’s stylings are rooted in the jazz traditions laid down by Dinah Washington, Eartha Kitt and Ella Fitzgerald. 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.

jeffery miller trombone

Raised in New Orleans, Jeffery’s fifth grade music teacher introduced him to the trombone. Just a few years later he was playing in the Preservation Hall Jazz Band at sellout performances in Carnegie Hall and Madison Square Garden. For three years he played trombone in various episodes of the HBO series Treme, has toured with the Count Basie Orchestra, performed with Christian McBride’s Big Band, and was featured with the Wynton Marsalis Septet. Now a fixture on the New Orleans music scene, Jeffery also plays regularly with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and appears frequently at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola. Jeffery attended the Vail Jazz Workshop in 2013.

tony monaco b3 organ

Starting with the accordion at age 8, Tony graduated to the jazz organ at 12, later playing in various jazz clubs around his hometown of Columbus, Ohio. Mentored by Jimmy Smith—Tony’s early jazz organ hero—he later met jazz organ great Joey DeFrancesco who produced a debut CD for him, a critically acclaimed release that was the catalyst for numerous engagements. Since that collaboration, Tony has released eight recordings and embarked on many international tours. He has also toured and recorded with guitar great Pat Martino. Voted a top Hammond B3 organ player in numerous DownBeat and JazzTimes polls, Tony is active on the international jazz festival circuit and has released a dozen recordings.


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james morrison various

A native of Australia, James is a composer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist, playing piano, all brass instruments, saxophones and bass with equal expertise. He formed his first band at 9 and by 13 was playing professionally in nightclubs. He made his U.S. debut at 16 at the Monterey Jazz Festival and since then has performed at top jazz clubs and festivals the world over, with jazz legends Dizzy Gillespie, Cab Calloway, 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

By the time he was 21, Lewis Nash had become the “first call” jazz drummer in Phoenix, working with Sonny Stitt, Art Pepper, Red Garland, Lee Konitz and Slide Hampton during their engagements in the city. Named “Jazz’s Most Valuable Player” by Modern Drummer magazine, Lewis has one of the longest discographies in jazz and has played on over 400 records. He has performed or recorded with jazz immortals including Oscar Peterson, J.J. Johnson, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Betty Carter, Clark Terry, Stan Getz, Milt Jackson, Horace Silver, Ron Carter, Jim Hall and Ray Brown as well as with Wynton and Branford Marsalis.This is his 17th year teaching at the Vail Jazz Workshop.

hailey niswanger saxophone

A Portland, Oregon native, Hailey now uses Brooklyn as her base for frequent appearances on the NYC jazz scene and has also performed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and the Late Show with David Letterman. With a B.A. in Jazz Performance from the Berklee College of Music, she has appeared with Esperanza Spalding, DeeDee Bridgewater, George Duke, Taylor Eigsti, Joe Lovano, Phil Woods, James Moody, Christian McBride, McCoy Tyner and Wynton Marsalis. She has toured globally with various artists and has played extensively with her own quartet at jazz festivals and venues throughout the U.S. Regularly acclaimed as a rising star by DownBeat, JazzTimes, Jazziz, The Wall Street Journal and NPR, Hailey has released four albums. She attended the Vail Jazz Workshop in 2007.

lyndon rochelle drums

Hailing from Los Angeles, California, Lyndon started as a young child on the pots and pans. By age five, he was holding down the drum chair at his grandmother’s church every Sunday morning. An alumnus of the Berklee college of Music in Boston, MA, Lyndon ultimately developed his sound by studying the greats with the guidance of master drummer Ralph Peterson. While in Boston, Lyndon also met and befriended the 2011 Grammy Award winner for Best New Artist, Esperanza Spalding. He would later win a Grammy for his work on her album, Radio Music Society. Lyndon currently freelances in the greater LA area and had a cameo in the box office hit, LaLa Land.

terell stafford trumpet

Terell Stafford has been hailed as “one of the great players of our time, a fabulous trumpet player” by piano legend McCoy Tyner. Terell is recognized as an incredibly gifted and exceptionally expressive and versatile player, he combines a deep love of melody with his own brand of spirited and adventurous lyricism. He is the Director of Jazz Studies and Chair of Instrumental Studies at Temple University, founder and band leader of the Terell Stafford Quintet, and Managing and Artistic Director of the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia. Terell is renowned in the jazz world as an educator, performer and leader along with countless award nominations, accolades and associated acts. This is Terell’s 22nd year teaching at the Vail Jazz Workshop.

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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. He has been a featured soloist with the Boston Pops, Pittsburgh Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Toronto Symphony, at the Hollywood Bowl and on the PBS television special “Evening at Pops” with conductor John Williams.

david wong bass

Born and raised in NYC, David graduated from the highly regarded LaGuardia High School for Music and Art. He later graduated from the Juilliard School in classical music, and studied with Ron Carter, Ben Wolfe and John Clayton, among others. As part of the Eric Reed Trio, he performed at prestigious venues throughout the U.S. and Europe, including Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Hollywood Bowl. He is currently a member of Roy Haynes’ Fountain of Youth band, which has toured throughout the U.S., Europe and Japan, and also a bassist with the Heath Brothers Quartet. He attended the Vail Jazz Workshop in 1999.

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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 its 262 graduates. A devoted educator, John was formerly president of the International Bassists Society and taught at Berklee College of music, and is currently Artistic Director of the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, Sarasota Jazz Festival and Centrum Jazz Workshop and teaches at USC’s Thornton School of Music.

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. He 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 JazzTimes magazine in 2005.

bill cunliffe piano instructor

Bill has taught at the Workshop for 23 years, since its inception. He is Professor of Music at California State University Fullerton, where he was honored as “Distinguished Faculty Member” in 2010. He has taught at numerous institutions, workshops and clinics including the Skidmore Jazz Institute and Temple University.

wycliffe gordon trombone instructor

Wycliffe has taught at the Workshop for seven years. He is one of the nation’s foremost music educators having held positions at Juilliard School of Music, Michigan State Univeristy and currently at Manhattan School of Music in the Jazz Arts Program. He is regularly featured as guest faculty, teacher and clinician for All-State festivals, band clinics, the Louis Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp, the Int’l Trumpet Guild and the Int’l Trombone Festival.

lewis nash drums instructor

Lewis has taught at the Workshop for 17 years. A noted educator, having served on the faculty of the Juilliard School of Music, he 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.

terell stafford trumpet instructor

Grammy award winner and five time Grammy nominee, Terell has been an instructor at the Vail Jazz Workshop for 22 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.

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tony gulizia director of education, piano/keyboards instructor

Tony, a local jazz legend and a noted music educator, is the curriculum director of Vail Jazz Goes to School. Known the world over as “Tony G,” he has been playing jazz for decades, gigging locally and internationally, teaching in schools and hosting the 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.

joey gulizia percussion instructor

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. 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.

andy hall bass instructor

Andy is a professional bassist performing on both the double bass and bass guitar. Andy is currently the jazz band 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

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.

michael pujado percussion instructor

Originally from Chile, Michael came to the U.S. in 1989 as an exchange student. Although his formal training was on the piano, Michael realized 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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donors On behalf of the Board of Directors, 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 January 1, 2017 through June 5, 2018. We have carefully reviewed the names that are listed. However, if you find an error or omission, please accept our apologies and contact us at 970.479.6146 so that we may correct our records.

platinum presenter $35,000 and above

Town Of Vail Robert + Gretchen Ravenscroft Howard + Cathy Stone

silver presenter $10,000 and above

Alpine Bank Todger + Shannon Anderson Tom + Jill Chinn Kathy Cole Lodewijk + Marijke De Vink James + Janet Dulin Rob + Debbie Ford Fred Frailey + Cathie Bennett Judson + Joyce Green Bob Hernreich + Holly Horvath Jay + Karen Johnson Charles Lipcon Oscar + Didi Schafer Charles Steinmetz + Margery Pabst-Steinmetz Les + Madeline Stern Larry + Pat Stewart Carole Watters Glen + Margaret Wood

bronze presenter $5,000 and above

Richard + Pamela Bard Lee + Susan Berk Joe + Jeanne Brandmeyer Don Brownstein + Lisa Tannenbaum Harry + Carol Cebron Kevin + Sally Clair Garret + Leslie Davies Joan Francis Nancy Gage + Allan Finney Dr. Glen + Connie Hatcher Joann Hickey Cheryl Holman Jenelle Krissel Merv + Laine Lapin Bettan Laughlin Rosemary Laurita Karen + Walter Loewenstern Laura + Jim Marx Bill + Shirley McIntyre Carolyn + Steve Pope The Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch Maxine Roberts Paula + Will Verity George + Betsy Wiegers

grand patron

$2,500 and above

Charlie + Amy Allen Andy Arnold + Ann Newman Shep Barbash Sandra Brown Doe Browning Peter Elliott Simon Hamui Robert + Helen Howard Tim + Barbara Kelley Paul + Joyce Krasnow Andy Littman + Tina Nielsen Wing + Maureen Mayer Gary + Virginia McDaniel Bill + Kay Morton Verna Myers Tom + Ann Rader Slifer Smith + Frampton Found. Oscar Tang + Dr. Agnes Hsu Tang Mike + Donna Wolsted


$1,000 and above

Peter + Barbara Bankoff Paul Bates Sam + Kelly Bronfman Art + April Carroll Eli Dadouch Lynette Dallas Ron + Lucy Davis Dr. Bill + Sharon Donovan Harry + Susan Frampton Morris + Mikki Futernick Tom + Diane Gates Donna Giordano Mike + Emy Halpert Phil Harris John + Vera Hathaway Marty Head Mitch Karlin + Diane Pitt Deborah + James Keating Kim + Lorna Kenly Peter MacDonald Karen Maddock Kenneth + Nancy Martin Jeanne + Dale Mosier Jules + Nancy Paderewski James Palermo George + Janine Quint Drew + Patti Rader Steven + Elaine Schwartzreich Alan + Jill Tanenbaum Douglas + Dhuanne Tansill United Way Of Eagle River Valley Vail Resorts Epic Promise

Sarah Valente Sheila Wald Gail Weinnig Stanley + Myrt Zelek


$500 and above

Joyce Abbott + Robert Teselle Barbara Abell Genevieve + John Anderson James + Juliana Bancroft Jocelyn Boyer Vivian Brown Liz Cronin David Cross Carolyn Curry Robin Deighan Tom + Margaret Edwards Robert + Susan Gadomski Pepi + Sheika Gramshammer Steve + Hellen Gubin Lowell Hahn Rebecca Hernreich Joseph + Laurel Heyman Rich + Sue Jones Margaret Krol Starr Levey Hank Mader Sue Mason Richard Patriacca + Diane Tope Allan Stiner Peter Tasca + Noreen Ehlert Bob + Pat Torvestad Ed + Carrie Velazquez Julia Wallace Debra Weiss Craig + Jeanne White Howard Willard + Laura Mueller Willard Jay Wissot + Alyn Park Cynthia Wood Leewood + Thomas Woodell


$250 and above

Holly Adams Barry Beracha Bill Bernardo Vince + Christine Celenza Maryalice Cheney + Scott Goldman Neala + Carl Coan James + Yvonne Condell Andy + Lucinda Daly Howard + Nancy Davidson Robert + Carolyn Donovan

Larry + Phyllis Eaton Ken + Caryl Field Gary + Peggy Finefrock Janna Gadden Denny + Jeanne Geraghty Timothy + Marie Elena Glynn Loren Hershey James + Kristen Kenly John + Jacque Kudner Helena + Peter Leslie Carol Lewis Mary Lamb Lucas Linda McKinney Luc + Liz Meyer Joan Olszewski Dennis Parsons Jeannette Roberts Jack + Gloria Schaffer Bob + Harriet Scheir Lois Schwager Lee Strickler Gregory White + Mindy Geltzer White Patty White Judy + Barry Zisook


$100 and above

Jolene + Walt Ahrens Pamela + Richard Alexander Carl Algermissen Lynn Anderson Bob Bamford Peggy Barber Roger + Margo Behler William Bishop Barbara Black Patricia + Michael Booker John Bowler III Diana Bradley + Claude Accum Walter Bristol Edythe Bronston David + Jayne Brown Phil + Mary Carter William Chapin Dick Cleveland + Kathy Langenwalter Bruce + Jan Collier Kathleen Cram Sion + Helaine David Dawn Deblaze-Herron + John Herron Fred Distelhorst Louise Douglass Jeffrey + Renee Epstein Howard + Barbara Finkelstein

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Jim + Cookie Flaum Alan Freeman Susan Freeman Peter + Linda Friedman Allan + Beverly Gabel Robert + Betty Ann Gaynor Donna Genet Michael Golden Stephen + Donna Good Wycliffe Gordon + April Brumfield Bob + Nancy Gott Sharon + Clifford Grady Andrew + Vivien Greenberg Daniel + Sue Hagler Lex + Mitzie Hawkins Happy Haynes Rick + Rosemary Heller Ray + Emilie Herrmann Timothy + Jill Hutchinson Owen Hutchinson Stew Jackson Keith Janofski Hanne Johnson Mickey Johnson Jann Kinney Paulenne Kirschenbaum Susan Knill Linda Knipe Sharon Kushner + Dan Brajtbord Al Lacabe + Grace Sena George + Lizette Lamb Karin + Joe Langereis Lauren Lerner Kelly Long Patricia + Phil Loudin Kent Lupberger Steve MacDonald Cindy Marcano Roy Marshall Judy McKean Estelle Meskin Phil + Donna Messer Mighty Fine Productions Lance Mikkelsen George Mizner Lewis + Maya Nash Jay + Stephanie Newman Joan Norris Kimberly Opekar Ruth Poole Irv Robinson Hugo Rodriguez Byron + Sally Rose Lynn Rose Dr. Marie Rotunno L. Ann Scheer Joan Schulman William Shade Ricki Shaw-Sherlin + Steve Sherlin Snow Sport Vacations Charlotte Spence Elaine Spence Roger + Carol Sperry Jim + Barbara Spiker

94 donors

Julie + Ken Spooner Tim + Lisa Swift Michael Taeger Kay Taylor Mark Taylor Robert + Elizabeth Taylor Hugh Thurnauer Rita Tomasi Marshall Vary Magda Vossler Pam + Joseph Walck Jodie Harman James Washington Sandra Webb Julie Weihaupt Dennis + Anne Wentz

individual $25-99

Lanell Avery Tom + Rita Bennett Larry Blivas Eric + Harriet Braden David + Judy Carson Sharron Coontz Reed + Karen Dils Monica Goebel Thomas Griffin Richard Gruss Paul Horvitz Martin Jones Laura Leitzinger Mark + Linda Lewis Frank Lilly Cameron Martin Hope Oquin Wendy Rimel Steven Sanders Richard + Gwen Scalpello Robert Stapp Ray Tenney + Betsy Suerth Steve Wahlberg Stuart Webb Gary Williams Allison Wright Bella Zwicker

in honor of Ella Burnett

Marka Moser

Tony Gulizia

Sam + Jane Levy

James Kenly

Ruth Johnson + Kris Sabel

Charlie Madison Robin Madison

Carolyn Pope

Stacey + Dave Thibedeau

David Sneider

Robin + John Sneider

Howard Stone

Howard Banchick Karen + Phil Kay

in memory of Jerry Maddock Celia Breden

Robert + Carolyn Brickman Donald + Sue Casazza Irwin + Ina Dickstein Orrie + Lois Klassen Carolyn Lockett Karen Maddock Kenneth + Nancy Martin Mary Lou Notari Paul + Marlene Notari Doris Ostrander Duane Sonnenborn

Anthony Palermo, Jr. James Palermo

in kind

808 Distillery Justin Allison Alpine Bank - Avon Maria Alvarez Antlers at Vail Arriesgado Clothing Co., Ltd. Avalon Clothing Company Bart and Yeti’s Big Bear Bistro Blitz Bravo! Vail Vendetta’s Jenn + Luca Bruno By Nature Gallery Cinebistro at Solaris Colorado Meat Company Colorado Mountain Express Colorado Ski + Snowboard Museum Hall of Fame Conundrum Technologies Garret + Leslie Davies Sonnenalp of Vail Foundation Discount Legal Double Diamond Ski Shop DoubleTree by Hilton Vail Eagle Vail Golf Club East West Resorts eat! drink! Fall Line + White Bison Foods of Vail Peter + Linda Friedman Frinje Frost Creek Golf Club Fuzziwig’s Garfinkels Tony + Liane Gulizia Haagen-Dazs Eye Pieces of Vail Tommy Igoe Inn at Riverwalk Karats Vail Karin’s Kirby Cosmo’s BBQ Kitchen Collage Ivy + Fred Kushner KUVO Jazz 89 FM La Tour Vail Lancelott Inn, Inc. Les Delices de France Nicole Lucido M.T. Imports, Inc. Main Street Grill Matsuhisa Vail

Matt Inden Photography May Palace Wing Mayer Mirabelle at Beaver Creek Moe’s Original BBQ Montauk Seafood Grill Mountain Digital Mountain Living Magazine Jorge Navas Nicky’s Quickie Nina McLemore Nomadic Collection Nova Guides Paragon Guides Pazzo’s Pizza Peak Performance Carolyn + Steve Pope Drew + Patti Rader Revolution Lee Rimel + Gracie Campbell The Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch Scottsdale Arts The Sebastian - Vail Sedona Rouge Hotel + Spa SKEA Limited SkiHaus John + Audrey Slevin Mark + Diane Smooke Solaris Vail Sonnenalp Hotel St. Julien Hotel + Spa Howard + Cathy Stone Stoneyard Distillery Renee Strong Subway/Qdoba Sweet Basil + Mountain Standard Alan + Jill Tanenbaum The Four Seasons Vail The Golden Bear The Scarab Ti Amo Restaurante Town of Vail TV8 Vail / Good Morning Vail Up the Creek Vail Daily Vail International Dance Fest. Vail Resorts Epic Promise Vail Ski Tech Vail Spa Condominiums Vail Valley Cares Vilar Performing Arts Center Vintage Vail Vintage Magnolia Walking Mountain Science Center Walmart - Avon West Vail Liquor Mart Wheel Ski Base Linda + David Wilson Glen + Margaret Wood Yellowbelly Zipline Adventures





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