The Vail Jazz Foundation
2013 Vail Jazz Festival Artists

CHRISTOPH LUTY  |  bio

Bassist Christoph Luty lives in the LA area and maintains a busy concert schedule, appearing in venues throughout the US, Japan and Europe. Mentored by John Clayton, Christoph is presently a member of the Jeff Hamilton Trio, and is longtime bassist of the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. He has collaborated, recorded or toured with Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, Diana Krall, Dave Brubeck, Shirley Horn, Milt Jackson, Curtis Stigers, Jeff Clayton, Bill Cunliffe Harry Allen and many other jazz notables. He also teaches jazz bass at California State University Long Beach.


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LEWIS NASH  |  website

Lewis Nash is the drummer of choice for many veteran jazz masters and for some of today’s brightest emerging stars, having appeared himself on more than 300 albums. Born in Phoenix, Arizona, Lewis started playing drums at age 10. At 19, he began performing with local jazz bands while attending Arizona State University and at 21 was his hometown’s “first call” jazz drummer, performing with legends like Sonny Stitt, Art Pepper, Lee Konitz, Barney Kessell and Red Garland when they appeared there. Lewis moved to New York City in 1981 and joined vocalist Betty Carter’s trio with whom he toured for four years.  He has performed or recorded with jazz immortals including Oscar Peterson, J.J. Johnson, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Benny Carter, Clark Terry, Stan Getz, Milt Jackson, Horace Silver, Ron Carter, Jim Hall and Ray Brown as well as with Wynton and Branford Marsalis. He was a member of pianist Tommy Flanagan’s trio for 10 years. Lewis leads his own groups from duo to septet. In addition to many touring and recording credits, he has become a much-sought-after jazz educator. His lectures and workshops at elementary and high schools, music camps, universities and conservatories worldwide are as much in demand as his bandstand and studio skills. A faculty member at the Juilliard Institute for Jazz Studies, this is the ninth year Lewis has taught at the Vail Jazz Workshop.  Lewis can be heard on the recent release Moody 4B.


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KEN PEPLOWSKI  |  website

Ken grew up in Cleveland playing clarinet in a Polish polka band, playing his first pro engagement while still in elementary school. He made many local radio & TV appearances and played for Polish dances and weddings virtually every weekend all through high school. In his early teens, Ken was experimenting with jazz by playing in the school stage bands and jamming with local jazz musicians; he also taught at the local music store and played in the family’s band. After a year of college, Ken joined the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra with a featured spot on the clarinet in the rhythm section. While on the road, he met Sonny Stitt and studied with him before moving to NYC, where he was soon in demand in a wide variety of settings, from the inevitable Dixieland to avant garde jazz. In 1984, Benny Goodman came out of retirement and put together a new band featuring Ken on tenor saxophone. His appearances run the gamut from small local clubs to the Hollywood Bowl, headlining in Las Vegas, and a wide variety of US and European festivals and clubs, from playing on the soundtracks of Woody Allen movies to directing the music for interactive French and Italian cookbooks. He has collaborated with Mel Tormé, Leon Redbone, Charlie Byrd, Peggy Lee, George Shearing, Madonna, Hank Jones, Rosemary Clooney, James Moody, Houston Person, Bill Charlap and many others. Ken has recorded more than 40 CDs as a soloist, and close to 400 as a sideman. Ken was inducted into the Jazz Cruise Hall of Fame in 2013. His latest CD is In Search Of….




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JOHN PIZZARELLI  |  website

World-renowned jazz guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli was called “hip with a wink” by Town & Country, and “madly creative” by The Los Angeles Times. With his energetic guitar playing and creative arrangements, John explores various corners of the jazz landscape, merging a variety of styles into a single, distinctive signature sound. Joining John on his first Vail appearance is wife Jessica Molaskey, a professional singer of torch songs and show tunes. Jessica has appeared in more than a dozen Broadway productions such as Sunday in the Park with George and Cats. Together, they co-host a weekly nationally syndicated radio program called “Radio Deluxe.” On stage, they offer unapologetic old-school revelry with a hipster spin in an entertaining convergence of jazz, swing, the American Songbook, pop, bossa nova and more. John is joined by younger brother Martin Pizzarelli (bass), Larry Fuller (piano) and Tony Tedesco (drums). John’s latest CD is Double Exposure; Jessica’s is A Kiss to Build a Dream On.


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RED BARAAT  |  website

Formed in 2008, Red Baraat is a pioneering eight-piece band from Brooklyn, New York. Conceived by Sunny Jain, the group has drawn worldwide praise for its singular sound -- a merging of hard driving North Indian bhangra rhythms with elements of jazz, go-go, brass funk, and hip-hop. Created with no less a purposeful agenda than manifesting joy and unity in all people, Red Baraat’s spirit is worn brightly on its sweaty and hard-worked sleeve, and is being returned to them in cities all over the world, as word spreads of the band’s incredibly powerful live performances. Red Baraat performed their own TED Talk at the flagship TED Conference in 2012 in front of a dancing audience of thought leaders including Al Gore, Matt Groening, and David Byrne. They accepted an invitation to the White House, where an assembly of elected and business leaders expecting a string quartet were treated to a full throttle bhangra thrown-down. They were brought clandestinely to Google’s Mountain View Campus, and were handpicked to close the London 2012 Paralympic Games in the center of Trafalgar Square.


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CHUCK REDD  |  website

Chuck Redd is an accomplished performer on both drums and vibraphone. Chuck began performing an drecording internationally when he joined the Charlie Byrd trio in 1980 at the age of 21. Chuck was featured vibraphonist with the Mel Torme All-Star Jazz Quintet form 1991-1996. He has toured and performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Mel Torme, Tommy Flanagan, Dick Hyman, Ray Brown, Monty Alexander, Laurindo Almeida, Tal Farlow, Red Norvo, Scott Hamilton, Mickey Roker and Frank Vignola. In addition to leading his own groups, Chuck was a member of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra for 15 years. He frequently performs in New York City and headlines nationally at festivals and clubs.


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ERIC REED  |  website

Award-winning pianist and composer Eric Scott Reed began playing the piano at age two and was performing in his father’s Baptist church in Philadelphia by age five. After study at Philadelphia's Settlement Music School and Los Angeles’ Colburn School of Arts, Reed embarked upon a professional career that has taken him all over the world. His credits include Wynton Marsalis, Jessye Norman, Quincy Jones, Patti Labelle and others. Reed has taught at The Juilliard School of Music and gives master classes and lecture demonstrations on the history of music. His other musical ventures include over 20 recordings as a leader, including his latest recording, The Dancing Monk; scoring for Eddie Murphy’s comedy, Life; and musical direction for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Currently Reed is in residence with the Ebony Repertory Theatre of Los Angeles, as musical director of Regina Taylor's Crowns.


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PONCHO SANCHEZ  |  website

Mexican-American conguero Poncho Sanchez ignites Vail Square with his Latin Band, offering up a fiery stew of straight ahead jazz, gritty soul music, and infectious melodies and rhythms, liberally seasoned with a variety of Latin American and South American spices! Winner of the Latin Grammy® Lifetime Achievement Award, Texas-born Poncho is respected as one of the top American percussionists of our time, performing frequently in venues varying in size from concert halls to local jazz festivals. With nearly 3 dozen albums to his name, he has performed with such artists as Cal Tjader, Mongo Santamaria, Hugh Masekela, Clare Fischer and Tower of Power. Joining Poncho for this high voltage evening will be Francisco Torres (trombone), Joey De Léon Jr (timbales), Rene Camacho (bass), Rob Hardt (saxophones/flute), Ron Blake (trumpet/flugelhorn), Angel Rodriquez (bongos/percussion) and Andy Langham (piano). Poncho’s latest CD is Live in Hollywood!

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BOB SNEIDER  |  website

A noted guitarist and educator from Brockton, MA, Bob has performed, toured and/or recorded with a long list of jazz notables including Nat Adderley, Lou Donaldson, Joey Defrancesco, Joe Locke, Ken Peplowski, Eric Alexander, Jon Faddis and Keeter Betts.  He also toured for several years with Chuck Mangione and has performed in major festivals, concert halls and jazz clubs throughout North, Central & South America and Europe.  Bob is also a veteran of the Fletcher Henderson and Nat Pierce bands, and has made frequent appearances with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Pops, playing both guitar and banjo.  Between gigs and recording projects, Bob is Assistant Professor of Jazz Guitar at the Eastman School of Music.


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TERELL STAFFORD  |  website

It all started in music for Terell Stafford when he picked up a trumpet at 13 and never put it down. Trained in classical and jazz trumpet, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from the University of Maryland and a Master of Music degree from Rutgers University. Terell’s career was launched in the early 1990s when he recorded and performed with Bobby Watson’s acclaimed quintet, Horizon, a band he continues to play with now.  In 1997, McCoy Tyner added Terell to his Latin All-Stars Band saying, "Terell is one of the great players of our time, a fabulous trumpet player. He has his own voice on his instrument-a very personal sound.” Since the mid-1990s, Terell has performed with the Clayton Brothers Quintet, Bill Cunliffe, Cedar Walton and Herbie Mann and has appeared on over 80 recordings, including 5 CDs as a leader including “Time to Let Go,” “Centripetal Force,” “Fields of Gold,” “New Beginnings” and “Taking Chances (Live at the Dakota)” on MAXJAZZ. Terell has toured with the Kenny Barron Quintet and played with the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. A member of Matt Wilson’s Arts and Crafts, Terell can be heard on the band’s CD, “The Scenic Route.” Active as a music educator, Terell is Director of Jazz Studies at Temple University and a faculty member at the Juilliard Institute for Jazz Studies. He has taught at the Vail Jazz Workshop for 15 years now.  Terell’s latest release is This Side of Strayhorn.


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