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Celebrate Labor Day Weekend at the Vail Jazz Party

The festival’s summer season concludes with world-class tunes and good company



Photos by Jack Affleck

Vail Jazz Festival’s 2019 summer season is coming to a close, and its celebrating with the annual Vail Jazz Party over Labor Day Weekend. The grand finale event will include over 35 elite musicians that will explore the boundaries and diversity of jazz music’s history and legends.  

Before the big end-of-season shindig, you still have the chance to take in some music in the mountins. From August 29 through September 2, venture through the mountain town and three high-class venues: Vail Square, the Vail Marriott and Ford Amphitheater. Here’s an inside look at the festival's special final acts. 

Thursday

Opening Session: Vail Jazz All-Stars with the 2019 Vail Jazz Workshop Students

Friday

A Tribute to Ray Brown: John Clayton, Jeff Hamilton, and Larry Fuller

The Music of the Hot Club of France: Oli Soikkeli, Nicki Parrott, Julien Labro, Ken Peplowski

Jazz & the Struggle for Freedom: A Multimedia Presentation by Byron Stripling

The Jazzy Side of the Beatles: Bill Cunliffe, Ernie Adams, Nicki Parrott

Saturday

Diego Figueiredo Duos: A Live Recording Session– Diego Figuieredo, John Clayton, Jeff Clayton, Terell Stafford, Wycliffe Gordon, Adrian Cunningham, Julien Labro, Ken Peplowski, Olli Soikkeli

Remembering the Oscar Peterson Trio: John Clayton, Larry Fuller, Olli Soikkeli

Sunday

Niki Haris’ Gospel Prayer Meetin’: Niki Haris, Jeff Clayton, Terell Stafford, Wycliffe Gordon, Adrian Cunningham, Bobby Floyd, Mitch Forman, Jerohn Garnett, Steve Kovalcheck, Lyndon Rochelle, Bryon Stripling, Mile Hi Gospel Choir

Wycliffe Gordon’s Nu-Funk Machine Dance Party II: Wycliffe Gordon, Terell Stafford, Kenny Banks Jr, Adrian Cunningham, Jerohn Garnett, James Morrison, Lyndon Rochelle, Olli Soikkeli, Jerry Weldon 

On The Fringe: A History of the Flute in Jazz: A Multimedia Presentation by Adrian Cunningham– Adrian Cunningham, Jacob Christoffersen, Ernie Adams, Gabe Medd, Marty Jaffe 

Monday

The Blues: Spiritual and Gospel Songs that Influenced Jazz: Curated by Bobby Floyd and Byron Stripling– Bryon Stripling, Bobby Floyd, Steve Kovalcheck, Marty Jaffe, Lewis Nash 

Two Blokes and a Sheila: The Down Under Trio: James Morrison, Adrian Cunningham, Nicki Parrott, Larry Fuller, Ernie Adams 

Piano Duos: Bill Cunliffe, Kenny Banks Jr, Jacob Christoffersen, Mitch Forman, Larry Fuller

Bill Cunliffe’s Celebration of George Shearing’s Centennial: Bill Cunliffe, Lewis Nash, Greg Harris, Olli Soikkeli, Byron Stripling, Jerry Weldon

For more information or tickets go to https://www.vailjazz.org/tickets/.

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