7 Reasons Why Yamandu Costa Loves His Job

Yamandu Costa embraces the music of his entire continent Growing up in a musical family in Brazil’s Rio Grande do Sul near the borders of Argentina and Uruguay, Yamandu Costa took up the guitar when he was only seven years old. By the time he was a teenager, he had developed a deep passion for … Continued

Howard Stone: Jazz and Freedom

With July 4th rapidly approaching, I thought I would write an article about the connection between jazz and Independence Day. While I was inspired by the subject matter, I drew a blank and I was about to give up, when just like fireworks exploding in the sky over Vail Mountain, it came to me. What … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued

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, … Continued

A Letter from our new Executive Director, James Kenly

Dear Friends of Vail Jazz, It is with deep gratitude and excitement that I write this letter as the newly appointed Executive Director of the Vail Jazz Foundation. While the valley quiets down for the off-season, the Vail Jazz staff is gearing up for the biggest summer of music yet! Featuring artists from more than 10 … Continued

John Chin’s (Downplayed) ‘State of Flow’

John Chin is a humble guy. Although he’s had a Grammy nomination and has been lauded for his musical talent since he was a young boy, he’ll tell you he was no child prodigy. A Korean-American growing up in Los Angeles, Chin recalls his first encounter with a piano, but is sure to emphasize that … Continued

Sing It, Soul Sister: Let There be Light

Doubtless for most of us, when we hear the word “soulful,” it calls to mind individuals such as Aretha Franklin, Carole King, Gladys Knight or Peggy Scott-Adams. It is also quite likely the most common adjective used to describe singer Niki Haris. However, according to Haris herself, the word means far more than the ability … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued