Vail Jazz Party

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 multimedia 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!

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Special Performances

Stockpile your sleep, jazz fans, because you’re going to be bopping from show, to show, to show over Labor Day weekend! Vail Jazz is bringing top talent to perform day and night at the annual five-day Vail Jazz Party and you won’t want to miss a single act. Performances span the spectrum of jazz, so scroll the dots below to see what special performances we’re serving up this year.

Special performances are part of what makes the Vail Jazz Party so unique, and experiencing both new and favorite shows is what keeps jazz fans coming back year after year. This year brings both new and familiar, however due to extenuating circumstances, the film screening will not be one of this year’s events.

Thursday Evening Session

Location: Jazz Tent at Vail Square
6PM
Vail Jazz All-Stars
Musicians: Nick Cladwell (tenor saxophone), Cameron Davidson (trumpet), Aviel Del Rosario (bass), Matthew Fu (drums), Andrew Kim (trombone), JJ Lybbert (drums), Laura Martin (bass), Alex Perry (piano), George Rogers (alto saxophone), Brahm Sasner (piano), Luciano Soriano (trombone), Skylar Tang (trumpet)
7PM
Vail Jazz Alumni Sextet
Musicians:
Alphonso Horne (trumpet), and Jeffery Miller (trombone), Evan Sherman (drums), Jeremy Siskind (piano), Erica von Kleist (saxophone), David Wong (bass)

Friday Afternoon Session

Location: Jazz Tent at Vail Square
12PM
Joel Frahm Quartet
Musicians: Joel Frahm (tenor saxophone), John Chin (piano), Omer Avital (bass), Anthony Pinciotti (drums)
1:10PM
Musicians
Bobby Floyd (Hammond B3 organ), Evan Sherman (drums), Dan Wilson (guitar), Dick Oatts (alto saxophone), Alphonso Horne (trumpet)
2:30PM
Wycliffe Gordon's Nu Funk Machine Dance Party III
Musicians:
Wycliffe Gordon (keys & trombone), Jerohn Garnett (bass), Lyndon Rochelle (drums), Dan Wilson (guitar), Erica von Kleist (alto saxophone), Adrian Cunningham (tenor saxophone), Alphonso Horne (trumpet), Terell Stafford (trumpet), Jeffery Miller (trombone)

Friday Evening Session

Location: Grand Ballroom, Vail Marriorr
7PM
Musicians:
Lucy Yeghiazaryan (vocals), Emmet Cohen Trio, Guest Joel Frahm (tenor saxophone)
8:10PM
Musicians:
Adrian Cunningham (flute), Erica von Kleist (flute), John Chin (piano), Omer Avital (bass), Anthony Pinciotti (drums)
9:20PM
Jeff Hamilton Trio
Musicians:
Jeff Hamilton (drums), Tamir Hendelman (piano), Jon Hamar (bass)

Friday Late Night Jam Session

Location: TBD
10:30PM
Musicians
John Chin (piano), Omer Avital (bass), Anthony Pinciotti (drums), Ken Peplowski (clarinet), Terell Stafford (trumpet), Jeffery Miller (trombone)

Saturday Afternoon Session

Location: Jazz Tent at Vail Square
11:30AM
Vail Jazz All-Stars - FREE SHOW
Musicians:
Nick Cladwell (tenor saxophone), Cameron Davidson (trumpet), Aviel Del Rosario (bass), Matthew Fu (drums), Andrew Kim (trombone), JJ Lybbert (drums), Laura Martin (bass), Alex Perry (piano), George Rogers (alto saxophone), Brahm Sasner (piano), Luciano Soriano (trombone), Skylar Tang (trumpet)
12:40PM
Musicians
Dan Wilson (guitar), Emmet Cohen (piano), John Clayton (bass), Lewis Nash (drums)
1:50PM
Musicians
Mitch Forman (piano), Jon Hamar (bass), Kyle Poole (drums), Guest Ken Peplowski (clarinet)
3PM
Vail Jazz Alumni Sextet
Musicians:
Alphonso Horne (trumpet), and Jeffery Miller (trombone), Evan Sherman (drums), Jeremy Siskind (piano), Erica von Kleist (saxophone), David Wong (bass)

Saturday Evening Session

Location: Grand Ballroom, Vail Marriott
7:45PM
Louis Armstrong and the Music of New Orleans
Musicians:
Wycliffe Gordon (trombone) and Byron Stripling (trumpet)
9:05PM
Musicians
Niki Haris (vocals), Mitch Forman (piano), Jerohn Garnett (bass), Lyndon Rochelle (drums)
10:15PM
Musicians
Adrian Cunningham (clarinet), Ken Peplowski (clarinet), Tamir Hendelman (piano), David Wong (bass), Anthony Pinciotti (drums)

Saturday Late Night Session

Location: TBD
11:25PM
Musicians
Jeremy Siskind (piano), Jon Hamar (bass), Jeff Hamilton (drums), Dick Oatts (alto saxophone), Joel Frahm (tenor saxophone), Lucy Yeghiazaryan (vocals)

Niki Haris Gospel Prayer Meetin'

Location: Gerald R. Ford Ampitheater
10:30AM
Musicians
Niki Haris (vocals), Wycliffe Gordon (trombone), Mitch Forman (piano), Bobby Floyd (Hammond B-3 organ), Jerohn Garnett (bass), Lyndon Rochelle (drums), Dan Wilson (guitar), Adrian Cunningham (tenor saxophone), Terell Stafford (trumpet), Byron Stripling (trumpet), Jeffery Miller (trombone), Mile Hi Gospel Ensemble

Sunday Afternoon Session

Location: Jazz Tent at Vail Square
2PM
Vail Jazz All-Stars - FREE SHOW
Musicians:
Nick Cladwell (tenor saxophone), Cameron Davidson (trumpet), Aviel Del Rosario (bass), Matthew Fu (drums), Andrew Kim (trombone), JJ Lybbert (drums), Laura Martin (bass), Alex Perry (piano), George Rogers (alto saxophone), Brahm Sasner (piano), Luciano Soriano (trombone), Skylar Tang (trumpet)
3:10PM
Jeff Hamilton Trio
Musicians:
Jeff Hamilton (drums), Tamir Hendelman (piano), Jon Hamar (bass)
4:20PM
Musicians:
Ken Peplowski (clarinet), Emmet Cohen Trio, Guest Byron Stripling (trumpet)

Sunday Evening Session

Location: Grand Ballroom, Vail Marriott
7PM
Side by Side
Musicians:
John Clayton (bass), Dick Oatts (alto saxophone), Wycliffe Gordon (trombone), Bill Cunliffe (piano), Terell Stafford (trumpet), Lewis Nash (drums), Alphonso Horne (trumpet), and Jeffery Miller (trombone), Evan Sherman (drums), Jeremy Siskind (piano), Erica von Kleist (saxophone), David Wong (bass)
8:10PM
Emmet Cohen Trio
Musicians:
Emmet Cohen (piano), Russell Hall (bass), Kyle Poole (drums)
9:20PM
Joel Frahm Quartet
Musicians:
Joel Frahm (tenor saxophone), John Chin (piano), Omer Avital (bass), Anthony Pinciotti (drums), Guest Dick Oatts (alto saxophone)

Sunday Late Night Session

Location:
10:30PM
Musicians:
Tamir Hendelman (piano), David Wong (bass), Evan Sherman (drums), Adrian Cunningham (tenor saxophone), Byron Stripling (trumpet), Wycliffe Gordon (trombone)

Monday Afternoon Session

Location: Jazz Tent at Vail Square
11:30AM
Musicians:
Lucy Yeghiazaryan (vocals), Emmet Cohen Trio
12:40PM
Musicians:
Bobby Floyd (Hammond B-3 organ), Jeff Hamilton (drums), Dan Wilson (guitar), Erica von Kleist (alto saxophone), Joel Frahm (tenor saxophone)
1:50PM
Piano Duos
Musicians:
John Chin, Emmet Cohen, Bill Cunliffe, Bobby Floyd, Mitch Forman, Tamir Hendelman, Jeremy Siskind
3:20PM
Bird, Dave and Mumbles at 101
Musicians:
Bill Cunliffe (piano), Jon Hamar (bass), Jeff Hamilton (drums), Dick Oatts (alto saxophone), Terell Stafford (trumpet), Byron Stripling (trumpet)
4:30PM
Musicians:
Tamir Hendelman (piano), Bobby Floyd (Hammond B-3 organ), John Clayton (bass), Lewis Nash (drums), Dan Wilson (guitar), Ken Peplowski (clarinet), Dick Oatts (alto saxophone), Erica von Kleist (alto saxophone), Adrian Cunningham (tenor saxophone), Joel Frahm (tenor saxophone), Alphonso Horne (trumpet), Terell Stafford (trumpet), Byron Stripling (trumpet), Wycliffe Gordon (trombone), Jeffery Miller (trombone)

The Vail Jazz Party features multiple sessions of music from Thursday through Monday. Passes are the best way to experience the Vail Jazz Party, offering early entry to all sessions throughout the weekend. Tickets gain entry into a session of music, which typically lasts 4-5 hours and consists of multiple sets.

Passes

PATRON PASS / $475
An all-inclusive pass that provides early entry to all music sessions throughout the weekend including special dinner with the musicians on Saturday evening (9/4).

PERFORMANCE PASS / $400
A five-day pass that provides entry to all music sessions throughout the weekend.

UPGRADE / $75
If you’ve already purchased a Performance Pass and wish to upgrade to a Patron Pass, this is the option for you.

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Tickets

OPENING SESSION / $55
Ticket includes entry to the opening session on Thursday evening, including three sets of music featuring the Vail Jazz Workshop All-Stars, Vail Jazz Alumni Sextet, and Vail Jazz Party House Band.

AFTERNOON SESSIONS / $55
Ticket includes entry to the afternoon session, including multiple sets of music performed by different ensembles of headliners.

EVENING SESSIONS / $75
Ticket includes entry to the evening session, including multiple sets of music performed by different ensembles of headliners.

NIKI HARIS’ GOSPEL PRAYER MEETIN’ $75 Gold/$50 Silver/$5 Child
Ticket includes entry to Sunday morning’s Gospel Prayer Meetin’ featuring Niki Haris and the Mile Hi Gospel Ensemble at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. This ticket does not include entry to the Sunday afternoon session. All tickets are open seating within a section. Gold section center front, Silver sections to the left and right.

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Vail jazz venues

All Vail Jazz Party events take place in Lionshead Village within the Town of Vail with the exception of the Gospel Prayer Meetin’. The Vail Marriott is the headquarters hotel, and hosts all evening sessions of music. The jazz tent at Vail Square is the location for the opening night performance and daytime sessions.

JAZZ TENT AT VAIL SQUARE

675 LIONSHEAD PLACE

Tucked into its picture book setting adjacent to the Arrabelle Hotel, it’s THE place to be to see live jazz. Seating in the tent provides great sightlines and carefully tuned acoustics to complement a stunning roster of superlative artists in the festive Arrabelle courtyard, replete with restaurants, taverns, shops, and a highly convivial vibe.

Vail Marriott Mountain Resort

715 W. LIONSHEAD PLACE

The Vail Marriott Mountain Resort is the epicenter of the Vail Jazz Party, where many performances and special events take place.

GERALD R. FORD AMPHITHEATER

503 S. FRONTAGE ROAD E.

The Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater is an iconic open-air venue in Vail, Colorado and the venue for the not-to-be-missed Niki Haris Gospel Prayer Meetin’ on Sunday Sept 5.

Travel & lodging accommodations

EPIC MOUNTAIN EXPRESS

Provides shuttle service from both the Vail / Eagle County Airport and Denver International Airport. VJ patrons save 10% on all airport transfers.

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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.

VAIL MARRIOTT Mtn resort

The headquarters hotel of the Vail Jazz Party, and offers discounted room rates, waived resort fee and discounted valet parking for VJ patrons.
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