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Funk it Up for Vail Jazz’s Big 2-5

Internationally heralded jazz star Wycliffe Gordon headlines silver anniversary gala When the years fly by and an organization like Vail Jazz finds itself celebrating its silver anniversary, there’s only one word for it: funk. The event that serves as Vail Jazz’s biggest fundraiser (a.k.a., fuel for the multitude of free and subsidized educational programs and […]

Celebrate The Fourth with Marcia Ball

The charismatic storyteller rolls into town to open summer series Last year Americana songstress/pianist Marcia Ball joined the ranks of Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett and George Strait as an official Texas State Musician. The honor is bestowed each year upon a solitary artist selected by the Texas State Legislature, a team of local politicians and […]

Local Columbia student credits Vail Jazz for educational springboard

Studying in New York City, Alec Mauro is already playing his early musical lessons forward Not every kid who taps on the xylophone during a Vail Jazz Goes to School session turns out like Alec Mauro. But the opportunity to learn about this key genre of American music and get some hands-on instrument time certainly […]

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 […]