Vail Jazz Party

The Vail Jazz Party returns with the 28th Annual Vail Jazz Festival! Thursday Sept 1 – Monday Sept 5, 2022.

The grand finale of both the Vail Jazz Festival and the beautiful Colorado summer season, the Vail Jazz Party features a jam-packed lineup with several headliners that join together to play in group performances, multi-artist jam sessions, and inspiring tributes to jazz legends. Vail Jazz Party features a House Band with John Clayton, Dick Oatts, Terell Stafford, Wycliffe Gordon, Bill Cunliffe, and Lewis Nash. With over 35 hours of jazz music, the Vail Jazz Party has cemented its reputation as the premier Labor Day weekend event!

Scroll down to view the lineup of Special Performances, and Music Sessions by Day.

Special Performances

Stockpile your sleep, jazz fans, because you’re not going to want to miss these Special Performances over Labor Day weekend! We’re bringing back some of your favorites – Nu Funk, Piano Duos, Gospel – and introducing some new acts you won’t see anywhere else. Peruse the lineup of events and start planning your Labor Day Weekend! Click here to view a printable schedule.

Pass-Holder Welcome Reception

Location: The Hythe Grand Ballroom Foyer
4:30PM
For All-Access Patron Pass Holders only.
Pick up your welcome packet, enjoy a glass of wine and hors d'oeuvres, reunite with old friends and make new ones!

Thursday Evening Session

Location: The Hythe Grand Ballroom
5:30PM
Vail Jazz Workshop Documentary Screening

6PM
Vail Jazz All-Stars - FREE SHOW
Musicians: Aidan Farrell (sax), Alex Heidelbaugh (trombone), Cosmo Liberman (sax), Levi Rozek (trumpet), Ben Schwartz (drums), Lorenzo Wolczko (bass), Lucas Perry (piano), Luke Ramee (trombone), Ruby Farmer (bass), Zeb Jewell-Alibhai (trumpet), Noah Buckner (drums), William Schwartzman (piano)

7PM
Vail Jazz Alumni Sextet
Musicians: Isaiah Thompson (piano)
David Wong (bass)
Patrick Bartley (alto sax)
Ryan Porter (trombone)
Kyle Athayde (trumpet)
Christian McGhee (drums)

8PM
Vail Jazz House Band
Musicians: John Clayton (bass)
Dick Oatts (alto saxophone)
Wycliffe Gordon (trombone)
Bill Cunliffe (piano)
Terell Stafford (trumpet)
Lewis Nash (drums)

Friday Afternoon Session

Location: Jazz Tent at Vail Square
1PM
Cyrus Chestnut Trio with Stacy Dillard
Musicians:
Cyrus Chestnut (piano)
Gerald Cannon (bass)
Willie Jones III (drums)
Stacy Dillard (tenor sax)

2:10PM
Bobby Floyd (B3 organ)
Lewis Nash (drums)
Steve Kovalcheck (guitar)
Dick Oatts (alto sax)
Sean Jones (trumpet)

3:20PM
Jeff Hamilton Trio
Musicians:
Jeff Hamilton (drums)
Tamir Hendelman (piano)
Jon Hamar (bass)

Friday Evening Session

Location: The Hythe Grand Ballroom
7PM
Sean Jones with the Cyrus Chestnut Trio
Musicians:
Sean Jones (trumpet)
Cyrus Chestnut (piano)
Gerald Cannon (bass)
Willie Jones III (drums)

8:10PM
Niki Haris (vocals)
Mitch Forman (piano)
David Wong (bass)
Christian McGhee (drums)

9:20PM
Wycliffe Gordon's Nu Funk Machine Dance Party IV - SPECIAL PERFORMANCE
(75 min set)

Friday Late Night Session

Location: The Hythe Foyer - Howard's Hangout
10:45PM
Isaiah Thompson (piano)
Lex Warshawsky (bass)
Willie Jones III (drums)
Ken Peplowski (clarinet)
Cyrille Aimée (vocals)

Saturday Afternoon Session

Location: Jazz Tent at Vail Square
11:30AM
Vail Jazz All-Stars - FREE SHOW
Musicians: Aidan Farrell (sax), Alex Heidelbaugh (trombone), Cosmo Liberman (sax), Levi Rozek (trumpet), Ben Schwartz (drums), Lorenzo Wolczko (bass), Lucas Perry (piano), Luke Ramee (trombone), Ruby Farmer (bass), Zeb Jewell-Alibhai (trumpet), Noah Buckner (drums), William Schwartzman (piano)

12:40PM
Vail Jazz Alumni Sextet
Musicians: Isaiah Thompson (piano)
David Wong (bass)
Patrick Bartley (alto sax)
Ryan Porter (trombone)
Kyle Athayde (trumpet)

1:50PM
Bill Cunliffe's Tribute to Tommy Flanagan - SPECIAL PERFORMANCE

3PM
Ken Peplowski (clarinet)
Isaiah Thompson (piano)
David Wong (bass)
Christian McGhee (drums)

Saturday Evening Session

Location: The Hythe Grand Ballroom
7PM
Vail Jazz Festival Orchestra Celebrates Jeff Clayton - SPECIAL PERFORMANCE (90 min set)

SAXOPHONES:
Dick Oatts
Patrick Bartley
Adrian Cunningham
Stacy Dillard
Drew Zaremba

TRUMPETS
Jake Boldman
Sean Jones
Terell Stafford
Kyle Athayde
Gabe Mervine

TROMBONES
Wycliffe Gordon
Ryan Porter
Paul McKee
John Mathews

RHYTHM SECTION
Steve Kovalcheck
Tamir Hendelman
Jon Hamar
Jeff Hamilton
Lewis Nash

8:50PM
Cyrille Aimée Quartet
Musicians:
Cyrille Aimée (vocals)
David Torkanowsky (piano)
Lex Warshawsky (bass)
Pedro Segundo (drums)

10PM
Adrian Cunningham (flute, clarinet)
Isaiah Thompson (piano)
Gerald Cannon (bass)
Christian McGhee (drums)

Saturday Late Night Session

Location: The Hythe Foyer - Howard's Hangout
11:10PM
David Torkanowsky (piano)
Jon Hamar (bass)
Pedro Segundo (drums)
Steve Kovalcheck (guitar)
Dick Oatts (alto sax)
Kyle Athayde (trumpet)

Pass-Holder Champagne Brunch

Location: The Hythe Colorado Ballroom
8AM
For All-Access Patron Pass Holders only.
Enjoy a champagne brunch prior to the Gospel session, mingle with friends and even VJP musicians! Pass holders will enjoy reserved section seating at the Gospel session, so no need to rush over to the Jazz Tent!

Niki Haris' Gospel Prayer Meetin' - Dedicated to Howard Stone

Location: Jazz Tent at Vail Square
11AM
SPECIAL PERFORMANCE (75 min set)
Beginning in 2001, Vail Jazz began to annually present a performance dedicated to exploring Black gospel music in order to recognize and pay tribute to the critical contribution that this music has made in shaping jazz. Eventually the format of these shows evolved into the ever-popular Niki Haris’ Gospel Prayer Meetin’ and this year will be no exception. Everyone is encouraged to sing along with Niki and the Mile High Gospel Ensemble as the lyrics for each song will be provided to the audience.

Celebrate Howard

Location: The Jazz Tent at Vail Square
1PM
By Invitation Only
Champagne Toast in Memory of Howard Stone

Sunday Afternoon Session

Location: Jazz Tent at Vail Square
3:10PM
Sean Jones (trumpet)
Cyrus Chestnut Trio
Guest: Anthony Hervey (trumpet)
Guest: Terell Stafford (trumpet)

4:20PM
Vail Jazz House Band
Musicians: John Clayton (bass)
Dick Oatts (alto saxophone)
Wycliffe Gordon (trombone)
Bill Cunliffe (piano)
Terell Stafford (trumpet)
Lewis Nash (drums)

Sunday Evening Session

Location: The Hythe Grand Ballroom
6:30PM
Vail Jazz All-Stars - FREE SHOW
Musicians: Aidan Farrell (sax), Alex Heidelbaugh (trombone), Cosmo Liberman (sax), Levi Rozek (trumpet), Ben Schwartz (drums), Lorenzo Wolczko (bass), Lucas Perry (piano), Luke Ramee (trombone), Ruby Farmer (bass), Zeb Jewell-Alibhai (trumpet), Noah Buckner (drums), William Schwartzman (piano)
7:30PM
Ken Peplowski: In the Moment - SPECIAL PERFORMANCE

8:50PM
Jeff Hamilton Trio
Musicians:
Jeff Hamilton (drums)
Tamir Hendelman (piano)
Jon Hamar (bass)

10PM
Cyrus Chestnut Trio with Stacy Dillard
Musicians:
Cyrus Chestnut (piano)
Gerald Cannon (bass)
Willie Jones III (drums)
Stacy Dillard (tenor sax)

Sunday Late Night Session

Location: The Hythe Foyer - Howard's Hangout
11:10PM
Bill Cunliffe (piano)
John Clayton (bass)
Lewis Nash (drums)
Adrian Cunningham (clarinet)
Ryan Porter (trombone)

Monday Afternoon Session

Location: Jazz Tent at Vail Square
11:30AM
Ken Peplowski (clarinet)
Adrian Cunningham (clarinet)
Jeff Hamilton Trio
Musicians:
Jeff Hamilton (drums)
Tamir Hendelman (piano)
Jon Hamar (bass)

12:40PM
Cyrille Aimée Quartet
Musicians:
Cyrille Aimée (vocals)
David Torkanowsky (piano)
Lex Warshawsky (bass)
Pedro Segundo (drums)

1:50PM
Bobby Floyd (B3 organ)
Jeff Hamilton (drums)
Steve Kovalcheck (guitar)
Patrick Bartley (alto sax)
Stacy Dillard (tenor sax)

3:20PM
Piano Duos - SPECIAL PERFORMANCE

4:30PM
Bill Cunliffe (piano)
Bobby Floyd (B3 organ)
David Wong (bass)
Pedro Segundo (drums)
Steve Kovalcheck (guitar)
Patrick Bartley (alto sax)
Dick Oatts (alto sax)
Adrian Cunningham (tenor sax)
Stacy Dillard (tenor sax)
Kyle Athayde (trumpet)
Sean Jones (trumpet)
Terell Stafford (trumpet)
Wycliffe Gordon (trombone)
Ryan Porter (trombone)

New to the 2022 Vail Jazz Party – single option ALL-ACCESS PATRON  PASS!

The Vail Jazz Party features multiple sessions of music from Thursday through Monday. The pass is the best way to experience the Vail Jazz Party, offering early entry to all sessions throughout the weekend, welcome reception, and Sunday champagne brunch. Individual Session Tickets gain entry into a session of music, which typically lasts 4-5 hours and consists of multiple sets.

All-Access Patron Pass

ALL-ACCESS PATRON PASS / $575
This pass includes access to all music sessions and special performances over the five day holiday weekend, beginning Thursday evening (9/1) and running through Monday afternoon (9/5). Additionally, the pass includes a pass-holder welcome reception on Thursday evening, entry to the Sunday morning Gospel session and a pass-holder champagne brunch preceding the show.

PURCHASE PASSES

Individual Session Tickets

INDIVIDUAL SESSIONS / $75
Ticket includes entry to a single music session, including multiple sets of music performed by different ensembles of headliners. Individual sessions include Thursday evening, Friday afternoon and evening, Saturday afternoon and evening, Sunday afternoon and evening, and Monday afternoon. Sunday morning Gospel session is NOT included.

SUNDAY MORNING GOSPEL SESSION / $95
Ticket includes entry to the popular Sunday morning Gospel session in General Admission seating (preferred seating will be held for All-Access Patron Pass holders).

PURCHASE TICKETS

Travel & lodging accommodations

EPIC MOUNTAIN EXPRESS

Provides shuttle service from both the Vail / Eagle County Airport and Denver International Airport. Discounted rates VJP patrons are available here!

Air Travel

Vail is accessible by two airports – the Eagle County Regional Airport, which is about 35 miles from Vail, and Denver International Airport, which is about 120 miles from Vail.

The Hythe Vail

Formerly the Vail Marriott, the luxury Hythe Vail is the headquarters of the Vail Jazz Party. CLICK HERE for discounted rates for VJP patrons!

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