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


Vj founded & 1st vj party


1st vj workshop


Creation of vj festival


Vj goes to school introduced


Vj @ the market introduced


Vj @ Vail Square introduced


Vj winter series introduced


Vj 20th anniversary


Vj 25th anniversary


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.