Entries by vailjazzteam

Vail Jazz to Launch Busy Summer for 25th

Ticketed performances are on sale now and free live music abounds all summer long On a whim back in 1995, lifelong jazz fan and part-time Vail resident Howard Stone brought in a who’s who cast of the world’s greatest jazz artists for a long weekend live music extravaganza. Intended originally to be a one-off event, […]

Emmet Cohen’s Formula for Greatness

The young musician highlights what it takes to deliver amazing music Emmet Cohen’s recipe for a winning performance involves four simple ingredients: connection, consistency, concentration and love. Playing the piano since age 3, 29-year-old Cohen’s career is still in its early stages, but he’s already made some big waves. A three-time finalist for the prestigious […]

Aimée Hones Her Gypsy Sensibilities

The French-born artist returns on the heels of her 10th album release Cyrille Aimée has long-since gone the way of the gypsy. The 34-year-old grew up in the small town of Samois-sur-Seine in northern France and was constantly intrigued by the caravans of musicians and gypsies that would plant themselves in her neighborhood every summer […]

Joe McBride brings ‘timeless’ R&B back to Vail

Soulful singer/pianist returns for two intimate performances at The Sonnenalp   From the first time Joe McBride touched a keyboard at age 4, he was hooked … as in, he could not let it go. “I had gone to a Christmas party at my cousin’s house. I found my cousin’s keyboard and started playing it. […]

The Faces of Vail Jazz: Tony G

The valley’s piano man has made a musical impact on multiple generations When Tony Gulizia shops for groceries, it’s rare that he’s not recognized by someone who remembers taking his class at Vail Jazz Goes to School. Sometimes he’s accosted by an 11-year-old who he taught earlier that week; sometimes it’s a parent who took […]

The Night Jazz Became Legit

Historians tell us that many major turning points in history can be traced to a decisive victory in a single military battle; for example, Nelson’s victory in the Battle of Trafalgar. Changes in musical preferences and specific events signaling those changes, while culturally important, certainly do not alter the course of history, although I am […]