ABOUT

Vail Jazz Philosophy

Our Mission

To perpetuate jazz music through the presentation of jazz performances and educational programs.

Our Vision

To expand the audience for jazz and the performance opportunities for jazz
musicians by presenting entertaining and educational live and virtual jazz performances, while providing jazz education to youth and assisting in the development of aspiring jazz musicians.

Our Values

We cherish the bonds of community between musicians, workshop alumni, staff and patrons. We take pride in bringing the rich, cultural heritage of jazz to the forefront of the community.

Vail jazz timeline

1995

Vj founded & 1st vj party

1996

1st vj workshop

1997

Creation of vj festival

1998

Vj goes to school introduced

1999

Vj @ the market introduced

2008

Vj @ Vail Square introduced

2012

Vj winter series introduced

2014

Vj 20th anniversary

2019

Vj 25th anniversary

2020

Vj Workshop 25th anniversary

Education Programs

Vail Jazz Workshop

Each year, a dozen of North America’s most dedicated, gifted and promising young jazz musicians are chosen from a broad field of talented applicants, receiving scholarships to participate in the 10-day Vail Jazz Workshop in Vail, Colorado.

Vail Jazz Goes to School

Vail Jazz Goes to School takes the basics of jazz education to 4th and 5th graders in Eagle County. VJ is exposing a whole new group of youngsters to the origins and history of jazz as well as the elements of modern jazz bands.