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Each December Coloradans come together with the common goal to strengthen the community by helping to power nonprofits. Community First Foundation and FirstBank partner to make this day rewarding for givers, nonprofits, and the community as a whole.

Last year Colorado Gives Day was Tuesday, December 5, and featured a $1 million Incentive Fund. Every nonprofit receiving a donation on Colorado Gives Day received a portion of the fund, increasing the value of every dollar donated. Colorado Gives Day has grown to be the state’s largest one-day online giving event, raising more than $182 million since it began in 2010. Your gift (or planned gift) on December 4th this year goes further so consider supporting Vail Jazz by following the button below:

What is Vail Jazz?

Cultural Curator for Eagle County

The Vail Jazz Foundation, now entering its 25th year, is proud to bring world-class artists to Vail, Colorado. Having presented artists such as Diana Krall, Monty Alexander and many more, Vail Jazz has a proven track record of following, sometimes even predicting, the trajectory of what jazz audiences want to hear. Sharing the bill with these veterans of the art-form, you will often see artists like Cecile McLorin Salvant, Gregory Porter and other up-and-coming talents. Over a third of Vail Jazz performances are free to the public, a decision that was made in the hope to make the music more accessible to everyone.

The Next Generation of Jazz Legends

Core to Vail Jazz are its three educational programs: the Vail Jazz Workshop, Vail Jazz Goes to School, and Jammin’ Jazz Kids. Each year over 1,400 children and students take part in Vail Jazz educational programs, introducing the next generation to the fundamentals of America’s original art form: jazz. Below is a brief synopsis of some of Vail Jazz’s premier programs. Click on the program titles to learn more:

Vail Jazz Workshop

Led by a stellar faculty consisting of John Clayton, Jeff Clayton, Terell Stafford, Wycliffe Gordon, Bill Cunliffe and Lewis Nash, the Vail Jazz Workshop is a prestigious nationwide program designed to give tomorrow’s jazz musicians the skills to succeed.

Vail Jazz Goes to School

Celebrating its 20th year in 2018, Vail Jazz Goes to School is an innovative educational program that integrates the study of jazz with social studies at the elementary level. The program, led by Tony Gulizia, provides every 4th and 5th grader at Eagle County schools with an in-depth experience of jazz, its history and its role in society.

Jammin’ Jazz Kids

Jammin’ Jazz Kids offers an engaging and fun learning experience for youngsters on Sundays at the Vail Farmers’ Market, through interactive, hands-on activities that teach the fundamentals of jazz and the art of improvisation.