The Vail Jazz Foundation

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Jazz @ the Market?

Are Jazz @ Vail Square free concerts?

What is Jazz @ Kelly Liken?

What is the Vail Jazz Party?

Which artists are performing at the Vail Jazz Party?

When are the sessions of the Vail Jazz Party held?

How can I find out when my favorite artist will appear?

Can I buy a ticket to only one performance at the Vail Jazz Party?

Is a Vail Jazz Party Patron Pass transferable?

How can I purchase passes, tickets and make travel and lodging reservations?

What 'insiders tips' can you tell me about the Festival?

Can I purchase tickets at the door?

Are there any special discounts available for transportation and lodging?

Tell Me about Vail, Colorado...



What is Jazz @ the Market?

Jazz @ the Market offers 10 free outdoor afternoon performances, featuring local, regional and national jazz talent on the green at Solaris. The series is in its ninth year and is overwhelmingly appreciated by locals and visitors alike. So, come, shop, eat and stop by the Jazz Tent and listen to some great jazz this summer at the Vail Farmers' Market, from noon to 3:00 pm - it's lots of fun and the entertainment is free!

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Are Jazz @ Vail Square free concerts?

Due to its popularity, this year Jazz @ Vail Square is back with a new ticketing structure.  We've added a great VIP section at the front and back of the Jazz tent, and general admission tickets are very affordable, starting at $15! Jazz @  Vail Square concerts are on Thursdays in the heart of Lionshead Village from 6 - 8 p.m. from July 3rd through August 28th.

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What is Jazz @ Kelly Liken?

Each Sunday, starting on June 22nd, local jazz great Tony Gulizia will be joined by a guest musician to perform at Kelly Liken.  Kelly Liken will offer its Harvest Menu on Sunday nights.  Join us for a drink at the bar or for dinner!  This series ends on Sunday, August 24th.

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What is the Vail Jazz Party?

The Vail Jazz Party is the culmination of the summer-long Vail Jazz Festival, taking place over Labor Day Weekend. The Vail Jazz Party features some of the world's greatest jazz musicians in an intimate performance setting, cabaret style, every Labor Day Weekend. We will continue the tradition of presenting an extraordinary lineup of great musicians - living legends and the young lions on the jazz scene today - in a unique format this is truly a "party". With thirty-five hours of performances throughout the weekend (morning, noon, night and Late Night Jams), the audience and musicians are connected in a manner that consistently inspires great performances. This Party begins Thursday, August 28 and runs through Monday, Labor Day September 1.

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Which artists are performing at the Vail Jazz Party?

Hosted at the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort in Lionshead,and at the Jazz Tent at Vail Square, the Vail Jazz Party brings together an extraordinary lineup of great jazz musicians in an intimate, cabaret-style setting. Watch the masters jam with the up and comers, and enjoy the spontaneous style of this one of a kind celebration of jazz. Click here for complete list of artists.

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When are the sessions of the Vail Jazz Party held?

20th Anniversary Celebration of The Labor Day Weekend Jazz Party offers 11 sessions over Labor Day Weekend.  A "session" includes 3 to 5 sets of music, each performed by a different ensemble of artists. A 20-minute break is taken between each session, to allow for stage changes.

Daytime Sessions take place at the Jazz Tent at Vail Square in Lionshead at noon on Saturday 8/30, Gospel Prayer Meetin' at 9:30 am  and the afternoon session starting at noon on Sunday 8/31 and the festival wraps up with the final session on Monday 9/1 at noon.

Evening Sessions take place at the Vail Marriott's Grand Ballroom on Friday 8/29. Saturday 8/30 and Sunday 8/31. Late Night Jams take place at "Wing's Place" AKA First Chair Cafe on the 2nd floor at the Vail Marriott.

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How can I find out when my favorite artist will appear?

The Vail Jazz Party performance schedule is coming soon!

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Can I buy a ticket to only one Vail Jazz Party performance?

Yes. The Vail Jazz Party offers 35 hours of live Jazz performances over eleven separate sessions. You can purchase a single session ticket or a Vail Jazz Party Patron Pass good for admission to all sessions*. Once again this year we will be offering youth tickets for the three afternoon performances onsite at the ticket tent. However, the very best value is our Patron Pass, offering unlimited access to all performances*.  See Tickets for more information

*Please note that this year, the special screening of Keep On Keepin' On will  be available at a 50% discount ($10) for Patron Pass holders.

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Is the Labor Day Weekend pass transferable?

ABSOLUTELY! The weekend pass, called the 'Patron Pass', is transferable and you can share it with a friend if you aren't able to attend each session. If you are a hardcore fan, buy the pass and enjoy all the music. You can still have your spouse/significant other/friends join you at selected sessions by buying individual session tickets.  The Patron Pass offers exclusive invitation to a special dinner on Saturday night with the artists.


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What is the cost to attend the Labor Day Weekend Jazz Party?

Ticket prices are the same if purchased through the website, on the phone or at the box office.

Patron Pass  $395-
- Includes Opening Night Reception on Thursday 8/28                                                                                                                                                                                       - Priority seating and access to all 8 performances at Vail Jazz Party (and admission to Late Night Jam Sessions)                                                                            - Saturday Evening Patron Dinner with Artists

Individual Sessions Tickets
- may be purchased for any session Thursday through Monday of Labor Day Weekend.

Morning / Afternoon session tickets - $55

Evening session tickets - $75* 

* includes entry to Late Night Jam Session the night of your ticket

Go to Tickets and Information for details. A 4% fee is assessed to all credit card.

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How can I purchase passes, tickets and make lodging reservations?

Tickets to the Vail Jazz Party can be purchased by calling 970-479-6146, or 888-VAILJAM (824-5526) or by clicking here.  

Lodging
Reservations for the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort in Lionshead can be made by calling (800) 648-0720, and identifying yourself as part of Vail Jazz Party.

Book online now

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What 'Insider Tips' can you tell me about the Festival?

No flash photography is allowed in the concerts.

The set up of the festival allows you to interact with the musicians between sets. However, please respect their privacy especially just prior to going on stage.  Daytime sessions take place in the open air Jazz Tent at Vail Square in the heart of Lionshead Village.  Evening sessions take place at the event's host hotel, the Vail Marriott Resort.

Vail offers ideal weather in the summer, however be prepared for the occasional rain shower.  Showers usually only last a few minutes, so give it a minute, and you're bound to see the Colorado sun return! Evenings are cool, so bring a light sweater or jacket along!

Because of the dry climate and elevation, take it easy when you first arrive! And don't forget to drink lots of water to stay hydrated.

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Can I purchase tickets at the door?

Yes, but with limited seating for each performance, shows might sell out. Ticket prices increase 4 hours prior to every performance, as a "door price". The box office is open 1 hour before show time. Tickets may purchased with cash, MC, VISA, AMEX or Discover.

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Are there any special discounts available for transportation to Vail?

Yes. We offer a discount on ground transportation form Colorado Mountain Express, the official transportation provider for the Party, with shuttle service from Denver International Airport and the Vail /Eagle Airport. Book your CME travel directly by clicking here or by calling 800-519-6754 and using code VAILJAZZ20.  Additionally, Hertz offers discounted rates by clicking here or calling 800-654-2240 and using code CV#QR00004.

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Tell me about Vail Colorado...
Visit our About Vail page for more information on Visiting the Vail Valley.

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