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 over 35 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, 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!
Featured Soloists: Eric Alexander, Peter Bernstein, Adrian Cunningham, Jerohn Garnett, Niki Haris, Tyrone Jackson, Sean Jones, Tony Monaco, James Morrison, Lyndon Rochelle, and yron Stripling
Featured Groups: Vail Jazz Party House Band, John Clayton, Jeff Clayton, Wycliffe Gordon, Terell Stafford, Lewis Nash, Bill Cunliffe, Jeff Hamilton Trio, Jeff Hamilton, Tamir Hendelman, Jon Hamar, René Marie + Experiment in Truth, René Marie, John Chin, Elias Bailey, Quentin Baxter, Benny Green Trio, Benny Green, David Wong, Aaron Kimmel, Mile Hi Gospel Ensemble led by Joseph Thomas Brown, Vail Jazz Alumni Quintet, Luke Celenza, Zach Brown, Cameron MacIntosh, Hailey Niswanger, Jeffery Miller, and Vail Jazz All-Stars
- Westside Story and More: Bill Cunliffe’s Tribute to Leonard Bernstein
- Byron Stripling’s Multimedia Presentation of Joe Williams + Harry “Sweets” Edison—The Basie Connection
- Tony Monaco’s Multimedia Tribute to Jimmy Smith
- Eric Alexander’s Tribute to The Tenors of the Windy City
- Wycliffe Gordon’s Nu Funk Machine Dance Party
- James Morrison Plays the Lot
- Niki Haris’ Gospel Prayer Meetin’
- Piano Duos
Complete hourly schedule here!