Entries by vailjazzteam

Composing soundtracks for everyday moments

The every day experiences and encounters that might give the most thoughtful of people a few seconds of cerebral pause inspire Julien Labro to compose sophisticated melodies. The French-born accordionist describes his song-writing inspiration as something that can happen “anywhere and everywhere.” “For example, I came up with one song while I was on the […]

It’s time to throw down with the Vail Jazz Party!

Five day music extravaganza features both refined and improvised sets by more than 50 of the world’s greatest jazz artists Herbie Hancock once famously said that “jazz translates the moment into a sense of inspiration for not only the musicians but for the listeners.” During the five days of live music throughout the Vail Jazz […]

Jazz Improv: Alive and Kickin’

Nothing will sweep you more off your feet like a sultry improvised jazz solo that flows out of the trumpet’s bell seamlessly. You watch the fingers go up and down on the piano keys, re-harmonizing chords on the spot in fact like you’ve never heard like quite before, and you hear a vocalist show off […]

Combining Jazz with Gospel

Setting the mood right at the Vail Jazz Party, for a most popular tradition is the Gospel Prayer Meetin’ led by the exhilarating Niki Haris and her gospel ensemble! Join us bright and early at 9 am on September 4th, for a wonderful celebration of worship through music. Featuring artists Niki Haris {v}, Bobby Floyd […]

Texas Tenor … ‘A moan within the tone’

This is not a tale about a great opera singer from the Lone Star State, but the story of Jean-Baptiste “Illinois” Jacquet and how his unique sound on the tenor saxophone influenced jazz, blues, R&B and rock ‘n’ roll saxophonists for generations to come. Born in Louisiana in 1922, his family moved to Houston, Texas […]