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Live Jazz in Vail Every Thursday This Summer

Live Jazz in Vail Every Thursday This Summer

Reserve your seat each week for the varied lineup of artists on tap for this year’s Vail Jazz Festival.

The umbrella of jazz spans several genres and nowhere is its vast reach more spectacularly exemplified than in the varied lineup of artists on tap for this summer’s Vail Jazz @ Vail Square series.

This year will feature an exciting blend of jazz genres: simmering blues, swinging gypsy jazz, soulful vocalists, sizzling Latin jazz, and so much more!

In addition to a spectacular lineup of world-famous jazz artists, we are thrilled to announce a variety of ticketing and venue improvements that will allow you to enjoy the shows with even more comfort and flexibility.

New this year, attendees will be able to select their seats online, choosing between a Premium Ticket for $50 or a Preferred Ticket for $40. General Admission seating remains first come, first seated.

Comfortable, cushioned and roomy seating! Introducing a new Premium Seating section that features luxurious, cushioned chairs with extra room between seats.


Butler, Bernstein & The Hot 9

If this doesn’t sound like a big deck party, we don’t know what does. The New Orleans theme blows up 10-fold (11-fold, actually) with this electric, brass-heavy collaboration. Pianist and vocalist Henry Butler and trumpeter Steven Bernstein lead an explosive ensemble through sounds of pop, R&B, Caribbean, classical and traditional, fiery, impromptu jazz.

Ella and Louis Together Again featuring Carmen Bradford and
Byron Stripling

Step out of a time machine to take in one of jazz history’s most show-stopping duos. Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong are brought back to life via the magic trumpet and vocals of Byron Stripling and Count Basie Big Band singer Carmen Bradford.


The pulse created by this 11-piece ensemble reaches earthquake proportions as you glide through the deep river of Cuban rhythms. With plenty of horns, percussion beats and two vocalists, the lively tour takes you through dance tunes and wild polyrhythms of traditional rumba, cha-cha and classic Cuban “son.”

Eliane Elias: Samba Brazil

Combining sultry vocals with enchanting piano, Grammy winner Eliane Elias schools audiences in the art of Samba. Digging into her Brazilian roots, the celebrated composer makes her hotly anticipated return to Vail. 

Joey DeFrancesco & The People

If ever there were a way to describe the B-3 organ as “light and infectious,” it would be due to the unique talent of showman Joey DeFrancesco. The prolific, Grammy-nominated musician also belts out some big vocals, toe-tapping trumpet and knows every in and out of bebop.


Tickets for all 32rd Annual Vail Jazz Festival performances go on sale May 1st. Click here for more information!

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