Curtis Stigers Opens Inaugural Winter Jazz Series

December 26, 2011– Vail, CO — Singer, saxophonist, and songwriter Curtis Stigers returns to Vail on February 9th with his trio to perform at the Vail Jazz Foundation’s Benefit Concert and Dinner. All proceeds from the event will be used to support Jazz Goes To School, the VJF’s program in all 4th and 5th grade classroom in Eagle County, bringing jazz history and education to over 1,100 students annually. This is the first of three jazz concerts for the VJF’s Inaugural Winter Jazz Series.

“We are thrilled to have Curtis and his Trio entertain us for our Benefit Concert and Dinner,” said Howard Stone, artistic director and chairman of the Vail Jazz Foundation. For two decades, Stigers has demonstrated that the lines between jazz, pop, soul, rock, blues and even country are not as clearly defined as they may seem. In a trajectory that began with pop/soul albums in the early ‘90s, the vocalist-saxophonist-songwriter has spent the past several years cementing his reputation as a formidable jazz singer. Stigers is joined by Matthew Fries on piano, Cliff Schmitt on bass and Keith Hall on drums.

Stigers has won critical acclaim around the world. The German Phono Academy recently named Stigers “International Male Jazz Singer of the Year” for his new album “Lost in Dreams.” Stephen Holden, NY Times, wrote of Stigers, “Depending on your definition he is either a rock ’n’ roll jazz man who plays a honking saxophone that echoes his raw, craggy singing, or a jazz-influenced rocker.”

The Benefit Concert and Dinner will take place at the luxurios Arrabelle at Vail Square. Tickets are $150 and the hotel is offering attendees $5 valet parking. Attendees will gather in the Great Room for passed Hors D’oeuvres and wine, then move to the Ballroom for a plated dinner including salad and entrée prepared by Chef Dodd. A delectable dessert, by Rimini, will follow while Stigers and his Trio take to the stage. On July 2nd, Stigers will return for a joint performance with Bravo! Colorado Music Festival to perform with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra at the Ford Amphitheater.

The Winter Jazz Series continues on Sunday, March 11th at the Vilar Performing Arts Center with Ann Hampton Callaway’s Multi-Media Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald and ends with a soiree dinner and concert featuring Grammy Award Winning pianist and composer, Bill Cunliffe on Thursday, March 29th . Tickets for the Benefit are currently 2 on sale at or 970-479-6146 or 888-VAIL JAM. Tickets for Ann Hampton Callaway’s Salute are on sale at The soiree tickets will go on sale soon.


Event Sponsors

Sponsors of the Stigers event, the Anter’s at Vail and Rimini, join the Vail Jazz Foundation’s sponsors including Alpine Bank, Alpine Party Rentals, The Arrabelle, Avalon/Mistral The Luxury Shops, Baker’s Piano Center, Colorado Creative Industries, Colorado Mountain Express – Official Transportation Provider, Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation, Fly Vail, Hertz, Jack FM, KZYR – The Zephyr 97.7 FM, KUVO 89.3 & KVJZ 88.5 Jazz Public Radio, KVBA-TV8, Lionshead Merchants Association, Londer Vineyards, National Endowment for the Arts, Notably Fine Audio, Plum TV, Ravenscroft Pianos, Rocky Mountain Reprographics, The Jazz Cruise, Town of Vail, United Way Eagle River Valley, Vail Daily, Vail Marriott Mountain Resort & Spa, Vail Resorts Echo, and many other businesses and donors.


About the Vail Jazz Foundation

The Vail Jazz Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, now in its 18th year of providing outstanding jazz music and jazz education programs in the Vail Valley of Colorado. VJF’s focuses on perpetuating jazz music through live performances that showcase the artistry and talent of great jazz musicians, and through jazz education, with a focus on young musicians and young audiences. For more information, visit

Vail Jazz Announces Stellar Lineup for Vail Square

August 19, 2011 – Vail, Colorado – The Vail Jazz Foundation is gearing up for the 17 th annual Vail Jazz Party over Labor Day Weekend featuring over 30 jazz musicians performing over five days and four nights of traditional jazz. The performances will be held both in their traditional cabaret venue inside the Marriott Grand Ballroom, with five dynamic shows presented in the open air in Vail Square, Lionshead.

“We really pulled out all the stops in 2011,’ said Howard Stone, chairman and artistic director of the Vail Jazz Foundation. “Monty Alexander will celebrate his 35 reunion with Jeff Hamilton and John Clayton, but that’s just the beginning. Some of the finest jazz musicians on earth will be here over Labor Day Weekend – and together they’ll create the magic that is the Vail Jazz Party.” continued Stone.

The Vail Jazz Party, also known as the Labor Day Weekend Party, is the culmination of the summer long Vail Jazz Festival. This unique mix of world-class musicians utilizes a one-of-akind format that includes group performances, multi-artist jam sessions and inspiring multimedia salutes to Jazz legends. The festival’s party atmosphere is ensured by the bringing together of today’s rising stars and the true jazz veterans – jamming in an intimate venue, surrounded by the natural beauty of Vail. With over twenty-four hours of performances throughout the weekend (morning, noon and night), the audience and musicians are connected in a manner that consistently inspires great performances. The Vail Jazz Festival boasts a unique party spirit that attracts musicians and jazz lovers from all over the world.

Confirmed artists for the Labor Day Weekend Jazz Party include accomplished soloists, enlightening multimedia tributes to jazz legends, and dynamic jazz groups. Grammy winning arranger and pianist Bill Cunliffe will present a tribute to the Modern Jazz Quartet, while Louis Armstrong will be saluted by Byron Stripling. Back by popular demand will be trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, drummer Ernie Adams, and vocalist Niki Haris. The Clayton Brothers Quintet anchors the five night, four day festival; consisting of John and Jeff Clayton, Terrell Stafford, Bill Cunliffe and Lewis Nash, the member of the Quintet are educators-in-residence for the annual Vail Jazz Workshop, a week-long intensive course for 12 of the most promising high school-aged jazz musicians in North America, which takes place in Vail during the week before Labor Day. The workshop students perform as the Vail Jazz All Stars, debuting Thursday, September 1 with the Clayton Brothers Quintet at Vail Square.



Monty Alexander Trio – The Reunion

Clayton Brothers Quintet

Bill Cunliffe’s Multi Media Salute to the Modern Jazz Quartet

Dena DeRose Trio

Terell Stafford Quintet

Byron Stripling’s Multi Media Salute to Louis Armstrong

Vail Jazz All-Stars

SOLOISTS Ernie Adams

Shelly Berg

Graham Dechter

Bobby Floyd

Wycliffe Gordon

Jeff Hamilton

Niki Haris

Jay Hoggard

Tom Kennedy

Byron Stripling

Dave Tull

Jerry Weldon


Tickets, Passes and More Information

Tickets, passes, and gift certificates to the Labor Day Jazz Party can be purchased through the Vail Jazz Foundation office at 970.479.6146, or 888-VAILJAM (824-5526). Afternoon sessions are $45 ($55 after August 15), evening sessions are $55 ($65 after August 15), an all event pass including preferred seating, Friday wine tasting and Saturday dinner with the artists is $350/person, and students with ID are free with a paid adult ticket at morning and afternoon sessions.

Online tickets are available for purchase at, or purchase them now by phone at 970.479.6146, or 888-VAILJAM (824-5526).


About the Vail Jazz Foundation

The Vail Jazz Foundation (VJF)’s mission is to perpetuate jazz music through live performances that showcase the artistry and talent of great jazz musicians, and through jazz education, with a focus on young musicians and young audiences. By taking jazz into the schools, the VJF hopes to create an awareness at a younger level, thus creating future audiences and potentially, future jazz musicians. The VJF is a 501 c 3 non-profit organization that is funded by private and corporate donations as well as grants, and is based in Vail, Colorado.



The Vail Jazz Festival is generously sponsored by Alpine Bank, Colorado Council on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, EverVail, The Jazz Cruise, Vail Resorts Echo, Vilar PAC Community Use Fund, Colorado Mountain Express, Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation, Londer Vineyards, Ravenscroft Pianos, United Way Eagle River Valley, Vail Valley Foundation, Vilar Performing Arts Center Beaver Creek, and numerous other corporate and private donors.

Vail Summer Sizzles with Hot Jazz, Cool Musicians

February 8, 2011 – Vail, Colorado – The Vail Jazz Festival returns with live jazz performances featuring national jazz artists playing in spectacular outdoor and intimate indoor venues this summer, culminating with the Vail Jazz Party Labor Day weekend.

“We always strive to bring the very best of jazz to Vail – whether for our free concerts or for the Labor Day Weekend Party, ” said Howard Stone, chairman and artistic director of the Vail Jazz Foundation, which presents the Vail Jazz Festival. “What we can promise is some of the finest jazz available today, and in this naturally magnificent rocky mountain setting, it just doesn’t get much better,” continued Stone.



A staple of the summer long celebration of jazz is the Jazz at Vail Square free concert series, which this summer takes place each Thursday evening from July 7 – September 1. Comprised of nine shows presented in the Vail Jazz tent in Lionshead outside the Arrabelle Hotel, the series reflects the diversity, energy, and musical creativity that define jazz. “Latin Jazz, Swing, American Songbook or Bebop, we bring it all to Vail Square,” commented Mia Vlaar, executive director of the Vail Jazz Foundation. “While our talent is still being finalized for this summer, our artistic integrity ensures that everyone can enjoy jazz in one or more of its many interpretations.”



The jazz continues each Sunday beginning June 26 at the Vail Farmers’ Market. Featuring regional artists performing in trios, quartets and quintets, each concert celebrates the joy of improvisation, the swinging sound of jazz. The first of ten Sunday concerts will be presented from noon to 3:00pm on Meadow Drive in Vail Village. Talent includes local favorites Tony Gulizia Trio, Justin Allison Trio, Summit Jazz Consort, Kathy Morrow and many others.



The Vail Jazz Festival culminates with a unique mix of the finest jazz musicians on the planet in a one of a kind format that has lived up to its title: The Labor Day Weekend Party. Whether group performances, multi-artist jam sessions, or the inspiring tributes to jazz legends, the Weekend has a unique party spirit that attracts musicians and jazz lover from all over the world. The Vail Jazz party offers over 24 hours of the world’s finest jazz, morning, noon and night, both in the Vail Marriott Grand Ballroom and in the Vail Jazz Tent at Vail Square.