Vail Jazz @ Vail Square

Vail Jazz All-Stars, Alumni Quintet + House Band | Aug 31

Aug 27, 2017

Call it a musical homecoming, a jazz family reunion. This special performance marks the beginning of the Vail Jazz Party with a multigenerational 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 whose 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.

Joey DeFrancesco is often credited with the resurgence of the Hammond organ in jazz in the ‘80s. It’s no wonder he is referred to simply as “the master” of the B-3 organ. Loved by musicians, critics, and audiences, he has won the DownBeat Critics Poll nine times and has won the Readers Poll every year since 2005. He throws down like very few can, but is also an energetic showman with an infectious playfulness that keeps the mood light and effortlessly social.

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.

Vail Jazz @ Vail Square: ¡Cubanismo! | Aug 10

Aug 4, 2017

¡Cubanismo! is a musical journey set to the irresistible dancing heartbeat of Cuban music. This sizzling 11-piece band, featuring two vocalists, takes listeners through the classic repertoire of the great Cuban rhythms. From Cuban classics and jazz to New Orleans beats and mambo, the band delivers horns driving the arrangements with various percussionists anchoring the pulse.

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