The Vail Jazz Winter Series is back! This year’s lineup boasts swinging bands, stunning vocalists, and exciting musical pairings, all hosted in a beautiful new venue: the terrace at Ludwig’s. Ludwig’s terrace at the Sonnenalp hotel will transform into an elegant alpine jazz club, complete with dinner service (additional cost, click here for sample menu).

Each performance features two 60-minute seatings; tickets sold individually to each set. For more information about the event and venue, please view the FAQ and venue map.

JAN. 12 | LUDWIG’S TERRACE | TICKETS $35

FIRST SET: doors open 5:15pm, music starts 6pm
SECOND SET: doors open 8pm, music starts 8:30pm

Led by reedman and vocalist Adrian Cunningham, Professor Cunningham and His Old School is comprised of some of the most distinguished musicians on the New York scene, playing swinging and grooving music in the aesthetic of Sidney Bechet, Fats Waller, Professor Longhair and even Fats Domino! Their repertoire is deeply steeped in the New Orleans tradition, and is marked by hot jazz, growling horn, and grooving rhythms. The group has been a regular hit in the NYC underground party and swing dance scene since its formation in 2012; regularly performing to packed houses at swing venues and speakeasies throughout the city.

SOLD OUT!

FEB. 2 | LUDWIG’S TERRACE | TICKETS $35

FIRST SET: doors open 5:15pm, music starts 6pm
SECOND SET: doors open 8pm, music starts 8:30pm

Brazilian guitarist Diego Figueiredo is a returning favorite at Vail Jazz, having wowed audiences last summer at the 2016 Vail Jazz Party. Diego fuses jazz, bossa nova and classical music, blending his virtuosic technique with an infectious interpretation of standards from the Brazilian and American Songbooks. He will be joined by award winning Italian singer and songwriter Chiara Izzi, “a talent to be heard, admired and anticipated” (Jazz Times). Chiara’s international debut took place at the Montreux Jazz Festival Vocal Competition in 2011 where she was awarded first prize by Quincy Jones. Together the duo will bring a unique blend of sounds from around the world.

SOLD OUT!

FEB. 4 | PRIVATE RESIDENCE | BY INVITATION ONLY

Considered one of the world’s greatest living tenor saxophonists, Eric Alexander brings together the sounds of players like Sonny Stitt, Dexter Gordon, and John Coltrane in a timeless style all his own. In 1991, Eric competed against Joshua Redman and Chris Potter in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition. Placing second, this launched him into the whirlwind life of a professional jazz musician. Eric will pay homage to the masters of the tenor saxophone in this exclusive in-home performance, highlighting the best-known melodies and compositions of one of jazz music’s most celebrated instruments.

SOLD OUT!

MAR. 2 | LUDWIG’S TERRACE | TICKETS $35

FIRST SET: doors open 5:15pm, music starts 6pm
SECOND SET: doors open 8pm, music starts 8:30pm

Peggy Lee’s iconic, sultry singing voice carried impeccable rhythmic subtlety and smoldering sexuality—in an era of jazz ruled by masterful vocalists, she was among the finest. In this special show, hard-swinging bassist and gifted vocalist Nicki Parrott will pay tribute to Miss Lee. Originally from Australia, Parrott possesses a “bright, vibrant voice graced with clarity,” and her arrangements are breezy and alive (NPR).

SOLD OUT!

MAR. 29 | PRIVATE RESIDENCE | BY INVITATION ONLY

Katie Glassman is that rare musician who possesses a combination of instrumental virtuosity and powerful musical expression. She is one of the country’s most renowned and decorated Texas-style and swing fiddlers, as well as an accomplished singer and songwriter. Her music is a mix of old-time Western swing with a splash of jump blues and more than a sultry moment or two fueled by breathy vocals and steamy solos.

APR. 13 | LUDWIG’S TERRACE | TICKETS $35

FIRST SET: doors open 5:15pm, music starts 6pm
SECOND SET: doors open 8pm, music starts 8:30pm

Born and raised in Havana, Cuba, pianist and composer Jesus “Chuchito” Valdés is the third-generation manifestation of a Cuban jazz piano dynasty that includes his father, Chucho Valdés, and grandfather, Bebo Valdés. Playing professionally since the age of 16, by the late ’90s he took his father’s spot in the world-renowned Irakere band. As a solo artist he displays fiery intensity and daredevil technique, with original compositions and arrangements drawing on a variety of style including Afro-Cuban, latin jazz, Bebop, classical, and many more.


The Vail Jazz Winter Series is back! This year’s lineup boasts swinging bands, stunning vocalists, and exciting musical pairings, all hosted in a beautiful new venue: the terrace at Ludwig’s. Ludwig’s terrace at the Sonnenalp hotel will transform into an elegant alpine jazz club, complete with dinner service (additional cost, click here for sample menu).

Each performance features two 60-minute seatings; tickets sold individually to each set. For more information about the event and venue, please view the FAQ and venue map.

JAN. 12 | LUDWIG’S TERRACE | TICKETS $35

FIRST SET: doors open 5:15pm, music starts 6pm
SECOND SET: doors open 8pm, music starts 8:30pm

Led by reedman and vocalist Adrian Cunningham, Professor Cunningham and His Old School is comprised of some of the most distinguished musicians on the New York scene, playing swinging and grooving music in the aesthetic of Sidney Bechet, Fats Waller, Professor Longhair and even Fats Domino! Their repertoire is deeply steeped in the New Orleans tradition, and is marked by hot jazz, growling horn, and grooving rhythms. The group has been a regular hit in the NYC underground party and swing dance scene since its formation in 2012; regularly performing to packed houses at swing venues and speakeasies throughout the city.

SOLD OUT!

FEB. 2 | LUDWIG’S TERRACE | TICKETS $35

FIRST SET: doors open 5:15pm, music starts 6pm
SECOND SET: doors open 8pm, music starts 8:30pm

Brazilian guitarist Diego Figueiredo is a returning favorite at Vail Jazz, having wowed audiences last summer at the 2016 Vail Jazz Party. Diego fuses jazz, bossa nova and classical music, blending his virtuosic technique with an infectious interpretation of standards from the Brazilian and American Songbooks. He will be joined by award winning Italian singer and songwriter Chiara Izzi, “a talent to be heard, admired and anticipated” (Jazz Times). Chiara’s international debut took place at the Montreux Jazz Festival Vocal Competition in 2011 where she was awarded first prize by Quincy Jones. Together the duo will bring a unique blend of sounds from around the world.

SOLD OUT!

FEB. 4 | PRIVATE RESIDENCE | BY INVITATION ONLY

Considered one of the world’s greatest living tenor saxophonists, Eric Alexander brings together the sounds of players like Sonny Stitt, Dexter Gordon, and John Coltrane in a timeless style all his own. In 1991, Eric competed against Joshua Redman and Chris Potter in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition. Placing second, this launched him into the whirlwind life of a professional jazz musician. Eric will pay homage to the masters of the tenor saxophone in this exclusive in-home performance, highlighting the best-known melodies and compositions of one of jazz music’s most celebrated instruments.

SOLD OUT!

MAR. 2 | LUDWIG’S TERRACE | TICKETS $35

FIRST SET: doors open 5:15pm, music starts 6pm
SECOND SET: doors open 8pm, music starts 8:30pm

Peggy Lee’s iconic, sultry singing voice carried impeccable rhythmic subtlety and smoldering sexuality—in an era of jazz ruled by masterful vocalists, she was among the finest. In this special show, hard-swinging bassist and gifted vocalist Nicki Parrott will pay tribute to Miss Lee. Originally from Australia, Parrott possesses a “bright, vibrant voice graced with clarity,” and her arrangements are breezy and alive (NPR).

SOLD OUT!

MAR. 29 | PRIVATE RESIDENCE | BY INVITATION ONLY

Katie Glassman is that rare musician who possesses a combination of instrumental virtuosity and powerful musical expression. She is one of the country’s most renowned and decorated Texas-style and swing fiddlers, as well as an accomplished singer and songwriter. Her music is a mix of old-time Western swing with a splash of jump blues and more than a sultry moment or two fueled by breathy vocals and steamy solos.

APR. 13 | LUDWIG’S TERRACE | TICKETS $35

FIRST SET: doors open 5:15pm, music starts 6pm
SECOND SET: doors open 8pm, music starts 8:30pm

Born and raised in Havana, Cuba, pianist and composer Jesus “Chuchito” Valdés is the third-generation manifestation of a Cuban jazz piano dynasty that includes his father, Chucho Valdés, and grandfather, Bebo Valdés. Playing professionally since the age of 16, by the late ’90s he took his father’s spot in the world-renowned Irakere band. As a solo artist he displays fiery intensity and daredevil technique, with original compositions and arrangements drawing on a variety of style including Afro-Cuban, latin jazz, Bebop, classical, and many more.