They call it the Vail Jazz party, and like a good jazz song, it includes a few good riffs.
The party dates back to 1995, when life-long jazz fan and Vail second home owner Howard Stone was inspired to put together a Labor Day Weekend Jazz Party in Vail. Stone’s vision was to carry on a 20 year Colorado tradition of presenting great jazz in the unique ‘party’ format over the Labor Day Weekend.
After the success of the first Vail Jazz Party, Vail Jazz grew into a summer-long concert series with educational programs and collaborations taking place throughout the warmer months.
Today, the summer festival spans over 12 weeks and entertains more than 50,000 people each year.
The 2018 Vail Jazz Party will feature 12 sessions of music with an exciting combination of mainstage performances, captivating jam sessions and rousing multimedia tributes to jazz legends.
The 2018 lineup is bigger and better than ever, with eight special shows that are sure to astound and inspire, and over 35 jazz heavyweights who will bring the best of classic and contemporary jazz to Vail this Labor Day weekend.
Here’s the schedule:
Ludwig’s Terrace at the Sonnenalp Hotel
Wednesdays, 5:00pm and 7:30pm
July 11 - Nachito Herrera Trio
July 18 - Django Festival All Stars
July 25 - Tony DeSare: Solo
August 1 - Andrea Motis with Joel Frahm
August 8 - Nicki Parrott's Tribute to Peggy Lee
VAIL JAZZ @ VAIL SQUARE (Note: Vail Square is actually in Lionshead)
July 5 - The Hot Sardines
July 12 - Nachito Herrera: A Night in Havana
July 19 - Django Festival All Stars
July 26 - Tony DeSare: On the Vegas Strip
August 2 - Andrea Motis w. Joel Frahm
August 9 - Nicki Parrott's Tribute to Peggy Lee
August 16 - Veronica Swift
August 23 - Akiko / Hamilton / Dechter
On Monday July 9th, join Vail Jazz at a celebration of and fundraiser for the program’s award winning educational component. Bossa Nova Nights features Carol Bach-y-Rita, a vocalist celebrated for blending her love of Brazilian music, bebop and straight-ahead jazz. Bach-y-Rita is joined by Grammy-winning pianist Bill Cunliffe and alumni from the Vail Jazz Workshop.
In direct support of Jammin' Jazz Kids, Vail Jazz Goes to School, and the Vail Jazz Workshop, this year's Gala will feature a high-end silent auction, fabulous live auction packages, and a paddle-raise for educational support and scholarship funding.
If you have general event questions, visit www.vailjazz.org for more information about tickets, venues, or FAQs.
If you are having difficulty purchasing tickets online or prefer to purchase via phone, call 970.479.6146.