Akiko Tsuruga

This Sunday, September 2, at 4 pm, KUVO’s performance series “On Stage” features one of the top touring jazz trios in the nation – Akiko Tsuruga, Jeff Hamilton and Graham Dechter this summer at the Vail Jazz Festival.

Marshall University

This week in music literally begins and ends with drummer Jeff Hamilton. Born in Indiana, Hamilton grew up with a penchant for swing era drummers and connected with the new Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, followed by a stint with Lionel Hampton’s big band. He then joined pianist Monty Alexander’s trio along with bassist John Clayton before going off with Woody Herman’s Herd, bassist Ray Brown’s trio and the L.A. 4.

A spectacular straight ahead jazz trio. Among the top touring jazz trios in the nation, Akiko Tsuruga (organ), Jeff Hamilton (drums), and Graham Dechter (guitar), never fail to impress with high energy, innovative arrangements and world-class musicianship, always leaving rave reviews in their wake. Playing together for years, this ace trio combines the exceptional talents of three singular pros into a greater-than-the-parts amalgam of tasteful, creative, straight-ahead jazz. With palpable camaraderie, this trinity never fails to delight.

Wycliffe Gordon.com

The Labor Day weekend is at hand. And in Colorado that means it’s time for another Jazz Party. Launched by Dick Gibson in 1963, there’s been a Jazz Party in the state for more than a half-century, with only a short break when the Gibson event (that started in Aspen and moved through Vail, Colorado Springs and Denver) ended and a revived and revised Jazz Party emerged in Vail guided by Howard Stone. The 23rd edition of the Vail Jazz Party takes place this weekend starting with a Thursday night kickoff at Lionshead in Vail Square at 6 p.m.

Wycliffe Gordon.com

The Labor Day weekend is at hand. And in Colorado that means it’s time for another Jazz Party. Launched by Dick Gibson in 1963, there’s been a Jazz Party in the state for more than a half-century, with only a short break when the Gibson event (that started in Aspen and moved through Vail, Colorado Springs and Denver) ended and a revived and revised Jazz Party emerged in Vail guided by Howard Stone. The 23rd edition of the Vail Jazz Party takes place this weekend starting with a Thursday night kickoff at Lionshead in Vail Square at 6 p.m.

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