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The Vail Jazz Festival is a 12-week program that brings the best talent in the jazz world to the ultimate summer destination in the Colorado Rockies: Vail. The Festival consists of five distinctive series that run from June – September: Vail Jazz @ Vail Square, Vail Jazz @ The Market, Vail Jazz Club Series, Vail Jazz @ The Remedy and the Vail Jazz Party. All events take place in the Town of Vail, which allows guests to stay, dine, and play just a short walk from world-class jazz performances. With over 60 performances and 200 artists, join us this summer as we fill the streets of Vail with the sounds of swing, salsa, blues, Latin, bebop, the American Songbook, and more!
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In 1995, he was inspired to put together the first Labor Day Weekend Vail Jazz Party in Vail. His vision was to do his part to carry on a 20 year Colorado tradition of presenting great jazz in the unique ‘party’ format over the Labor Day Weekend. After the success of the first Vail Jazz Party, Stone dreamed further and decided to create Vail Jazz as an organization dedicated to the perpetuation of jazz music with a specific emphasis on young musicians and young audiences. Vail Jazz grew to add a jazz Workshop for promising high school musicians, a school program in Eagle County called Vail Jazz Goes to School, free concert series, educational programs, and collaborations featuring all performances and educational programs with other non profits including Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, The Vail Symposium, and the Vail Valley Foundation.
Today, Vail and Colorado are the beneficiaries of Stone’s vision, which manifests itself in an annual summer festival spanning over 12 weeks and entertaining over 50,000 people, a Workshop which has contributed to the jazz musicianship of over 200 outstanding jazz musicians, a school program that has educated over 14,000 students in Eagle County and introduced in 2012, a Winter Series of jazz concerts and soirées.