The Vail Jazz Winter Series is back! This year’s lineup boasts swinging bands, stunning vocalists, and exciting musical pairings, all hosted in an exciting 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 (menu coming soon). Each performance features two 60-minute sets; tickets sold individually to each set. For more information about the event venue and series, please view the FAQ and venue map. Tickets will go on sale on Friday, December 16th.

LUDWIG’S TERRACE AT THE SONNENALP | TICKETS $35

FIRST SET: doors open 5:30pm, 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.

LUDWIG’S TERRACE AT THE SONNENALP | TICKETS $35

FIRST SET: doors open 5:30pm, 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.

LUDWIG’S TERRACE AT THE SONNENALP | TICKETS $35

FIRST SET: doors open 5:30pm, 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).

BY INVITATION ONLY

As a former member of the Muddy Waters band, Steady Rollin’ Bob Margolin plays his blues Chicago-style, naturally. After leaving the band in 1980, Margolin is now a bandleader, soloist, songwriter, vocalist and in-demand session player. He easily fuses the driving shuffle of his roots in Waters’ band with a high-energy approach, combining riveting slide guitar work, husky vocals, and powerful original songwriting.

LUDWIG’S TERRACE AT THE SONNENALP | TICKETS $35

FIRST SET: doors open 5:30pm, 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 an exciticong 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 (menu coming soon). For more information about the event venue and series, please view the FAQ and venue map. Tickets will go on sale on Friday, December 16th.

LUDWIG’S TERRACE AT THE SONNENALP | TICKETS $35

FIRST SET: doors open 5:30pm, 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.

LUDWIG’S TERRACE AT THE SONNENALP | TICKETS $35

FIRST SET: doors open 5:30pm, 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.

LUDWIG’S TERRACE AT THE SONNENALP | TICKETS $35

FIRST SET: doors open 5:30pm, 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 a world of belters, she was exquisitely understated. 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).

BY INVITATION ONLY

As a former member of the Muddy Waters band, Steady Rollin’ Bob Margolin plays his blues Chicago-style, naturally. After leaving the band in 1980, Margolin is now a bandleader, soloist, songwriter, vocalist and in-demand session player. He easily fuses the driving shuffle of his roots in Waters’ band with a high-energy approach, combining riveting slide guitar work, husky vocals, and powerful original songwriting.

LUDWIG’S TERRACE AT THE SONNENALP | TICKETS $35

FIRST SET: doors open 5:30pm, 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.