Vail Jazz @ Vail Square

The Grammy-winning pianist and vocalist returns to Vail with a musical program celebrating the intoxicating, high-energy Brazilian rhythm called samba. Elias is known for her distinctive and immediately recognizable musical style which blends her Brazilian roots, her sensuous, alluring voice with her impressive instrumental jazz, classical and compositional skills.

René Marie’s is the sort of voice which first comes to mind when someone asks for a jazz singer — big and expressive, at home in classic swinging settings and comfortable in crowds. There’s plenty to set her apart, though. She made her first recording in her early 40s, borrowing various elements of folk, R+B, and classical to create a captivating hybrid style. more

Join Vail Jazz as they celebrate Ella Fitzgerald’s 100th birthday by re-creating one of the most iconic pairings in jazz history: Lady Ella and legendary trumpeter and vocalist, Louis Armstrong. With the passion and swagger of Satchmo himself, Byron Stripling’s phenomenal trumpet playing and vocals are complemented by Count Basie Big Band singer Carmen Bradford. more

Hot Club of France Tribute Band | July 20

Jul 17, 2017

Few jazz legends have a more exotic mystique than Django Reinhardt, the four fingered Belgian-born gypsy guitarist and banjo player who led the legendary Parisian ensemble known as the Quintet of the Hot Club of France in the 1930’s and 40’s.  Out of their sizzling, infectious, and swinging style, the musical genre known as “gypsy jazz” was born. An international quintet led by virtuoso accordionist Julien Labro will bring the smoking hot gypsy jazz style to life in this exhilarating performance.

Butler, Bernstein + the Hot 9 is an artistic collaboration destined to happen. Master musician, pianist and vocalist Henry Butler tells stories through the rise, swing, and rumble of his fingers as they channel sounds as diverse as his Louisiana birthplace: jazz, Caribbean, classical, pop, blues and R&B, among others. The combination of Butler with trumpeter/maestro Steven Bernstein and the fiery unit he calls the Hot 9 uses a traditional New Orleans palate as their launching point, exploring everything from early 20th century blues to thoughtful and captivating improvisations.