Vail Jazz @ Vail Square

Veronica Swift with the Emmet Cohen Trio | Aug 16

Aug 11, 2018

The Vail Jazz Festival presents Veronica Swift on Thursday, August 16 at 6 pm at Vail Square. At just 23, Veronica’s style and vocal talent are way beyond her years, captivating unsuspecting audiences with American Songbook, bebop, and vocalese classics. Already recognized as one of today’s top young jazz singers, she first performed at Jazz at Lincoln Center when she was 11 and her first CD was recorded when she was just 9. Adding zest to the evening, noted pianist Emmet Cohen and his trio are on hand to provide creative & sensitive collaborations.

Nicki Parrott's Multimedia Tribute to Peggy Lee | Aug 9

Aug 4, 2018

Legendary jazz vocalist Peggy Lee (1920-2002) is creatively channeled by Australian singer & bassist Nicki Parrott, whose alluring renditions of Lee classics have been mesmerizing audiences globally. With more than 15 albums to her credit, Nicki is a regular at major international jazz festivals, impressing audiences equally for her vocal assuredness and her tone and articulation on the bass.  She is an avid student of female cabaret luminaries and has also performed in several Broadway shows.

Andrea Motis with Joel Frahm | Aug 2

Jul 22, 2018

With 8 albums on her résumé, this young, 23-year-old Barcelonian trumpeter/vocalist is wowing audiences worldwide with her jazz, bossa and swing renderings.  Already selling out major concert halls, Andrea’s singing has a charming, naîve quality–but don’t underestimate her ability to swing, bop and weave her way through even the most challenging material.

Adding to the palette is acclaimed sax man Joel Frahm, a fixture on the NYC jazz scene, whose big tenor sax sound graces recordings by some of today’s leading vocalists and jazz artists.

Tony Desare: On the Vegas Strip | July 26

Jul 20, 2018

Live from Vail Jazz Festival, award-winning singer, pianist, composer and raconteur, Tony tips his hat to the Rat Pack, backed by the dynamic 17-piece H2 Big Band, one of today’s most exhilarating, well-drilled sound machines. Together they offer a suave, energetic take on the “Vegas Songbook” with Tony leading the charge…with his usual panache…on a journey with Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Basie, and Nelson Riddle, recreating the classic sounds of the iconic Sands Hotel in the ‘60s.

This Sunday, July 22, at 4pm, KUVO’s performance series “On Stage” heats up with the piano of Nachito Herrera, captured live at Vail Square!

Born Ignacio Herrera in Cuba, “Nachito” grew up as a piano phenomenon, performing with the Havana Symphony Orchestra at age 12. He’s played with orchestras world-wide, but his Latin jazz legacy was as the musical director for Cubanismo!  A composer and arranger, he’s toured the world’s top jazz festivals and gathered awards including Grammys, Emmys, the Immigrant of Distinction Award among others.