Entries by Vail Jazz

Vail Jazz Workshop alum Lakecia Benjamin performs to uplift her audiences

“My goal is the emotional wellbeing of my audience. Every note that I play is aimed at  uplifting people. Every time I play I would like listeners to feel emotionally impacted, moved.”  Alto saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin knows that this attitude of positive connection sets her music apart. It’s no wonder then that her lingering memories […]

John Austria builds a community through music

Jazz pianist and teacher John Austria is humble. So humble, that to this day he assumes he was accepted into the 2001 Vail Jazz Workshop by fluke: “I think I may have been a second choice…someone dropped out and I was accepted.” Given his solid grounding in music, starting at an early age, and his […]

Vail Jazz to Cancel Summer Programming Due to COVID Crisis

2020 Live Concerts Cancelled This summer, the Vail Jazz Foundation was looking forward to celebrating another major milestone: the 25th anniversary of the Vail Jazz Workshop, one of the three music education programs the Foundation sponsors. Unfortunately, those celebrations will have to wait. This week, the Foundation made the difficult decision to cancel all summer programming […]

A Letter from our new Executive Director, James Kenly

Dear Friends of Vail Jazz, It is with deep gratitude and excitement that I write this letter as the newly appointed Executive Director of the Vail Jazz Foundation. While the valley quiets down for the off-season, the Vail Jazz staff is gearing up for the biggest summer of music yet! Featuring artists from more than 10 […]

Behind the outlaw blues

Phil Wiggins and George Kilby Jr. launch 2018 Vail Jazz Winter Series! When Phil Wiggins and George Kilby Jr. first crossed paths, they did not initially strike up a kinship over music. They originally bonded over the post-apocalyptic novel “Riddley Walker.” After one of them tossed out an off-handed reference to the obscure piece of […]