Arts and Culture

Arts and Culture
12:36 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

20 years of Vail Jazz - a year round effort

Earlier this summer, Poncho Sanchez got people dancing at Vail Square.
Credit Charles Townsend Bessent

Fifty world class jazz artists and 12 of the best high school players in the nation make up the Vail Jazz Party, in its 20th year this Labor Day weekend.  But the party is only the culmination of a year round effort, says Robin Litt, executive director of the Vail Jazz Foundation.

"We're a 12-week long festival, and I'm not sure there are many like that," said Litt, who's justifiably proud of the 45 performances they put together.  But wait - there's more.

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Jazz Education
10:02 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Vail Jazz Workshop - 12 of the best HS players in U.S.

Some of the reed and brass players in the Vail Jazz Workshop 2013 class.
Credit Justin McCarty / www.VailDaily.com

Only 12 slots exist at the annual Vail Jazz Workshop.  For this year's class, a committee had to pare down a record number of applicants - 130 of them -  so that Workshop director / bassist John Clayton and his faculty could select the finalists.  Clayton visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis" to talk about his own jazz education and the climate at this year's 10-day jazz intensive.

"These are 12 of the top high school players in the nation," said Clayton.  "It blows our mind how much vocabulary and insight they have at such a young age."  

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Arts District
11:12 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Arts District: Oscar winner Steve McQueen on 'Truth' in Art

Director Steve McQueen at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass
Credit Emily Chaplin / C2 Photography

  More than the sum of his film work – most notably the critically acclaimed Hunger, Shame, and 12 Years A Slave – the British-born Steve McQueen is also a distinguished visual artist. His works include sculpture, photography and video art.

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Live Jazz
12:23 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Jazz on 2nd Ave. in Niwot: food, wine, music = community

Credit www.chicagoreader.com

Among the top outdoor jazz hangouts of the summer is "Jazz on 2nd Avenue," in the tiny, tucked-away town of Niwot, Colorado, halfway between Boulder and Longmont along Highway 119.  Local restaurateur and jazz enthusiast Howard Treppeda visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis" to introduce us to Niwot and the top jazz talent he's attracted.

"It brings the community together," said Treppeda, who's produced the event for four years.   "You have food and wine, and when you bring music into play, that really equals community."

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Music Education
11:46 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Ritmo Jazz Latino helps with that 1st instrument

Ritmo Jazz Latino performing recently at KUVO's Phyllis A. Greer Performance Studio. Dr. Walter Barr (trumpet) at right.

The 1st Note Music Foundation provides music instruments to at-risk youth.  One of Colorado's newest ensembles Ritmo Jazz Latino is performing this Friday night, Aug. 15 in a benefit for the Foundation at Crossroads Theater, part of the Jazz on the Point series.  1st Note foundation board member and Ritmo Jazz Latino band leader Dr. Walter Barr visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis" to promote the foundation's work.

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