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Telluride Jazz

August 5-7, 2010 (Telluride, CO) - By combining the finest of nature and art The Telluride Jazz Celebration (TJC) ranks among the world’s most memorable music festivals. Since 1977 Telluride’s majestic perch high in the spectacular San Juan Mountains in southwestern Colorado has been the site of an annual cultural event produced by the Telluride Society for Jazz. The intimate format, the superb music and the opportunity for invigorating alpine recreation with yoga activities and free wine tastings all come together to create a truly unique weekend experience. With performances on outdoor stages during the day and evening to theater and club shows at night, the TJC offers great venues that celebrate jazz roots in Latin, African, blues and mainstream traditions. Internationally acclaimed artists will join with new and emerging talents for an amazing experience August 5-7, 2011.

Featured Artists:

  • Paquito D’Rivera "2011 Guest of Honor"
  • The Clayton Brothers
  • The Bad Plus
  • Melvin Taylor
  • Badi Assad
  • Alex Brown
  • March Fourth Marching Band
  • Telluride Student All-Star Jazz Ensemble
  • (and much more TBA)

Paquito D’Rivera "Guest of Honor" - Paquito’s life and career are a tribute to the many aspects of his talent- Latin, Jazz, Classical, Funk and beyond. He has received ten Grammy® Awards, the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Award, two honorary college degrees from the Berklee College of Music and the Univ. of Pennsylvania, the Kennedy Center's Living Jazz Legend Award, the National Medal of the Arts and the list goes on. Paquito was born in Havana, Cuba and performed at age 10 with the National Theater Orchestra and at age 17 he became a featured soloist with the Cuban National Symphony. He was a founding member and codirector of the innovative musical ensemble Irakere with its explosive mixture of jazz, rock, classical and Cuban music never before heard. His has more than 30 albums and was a founding member of the United Nation Orchestra, a 15-piece ensemble with Dizzy Gillespie showcasing the fusion of Latin and Caribbean influences with jazz. www.paquitodrivera.com

The Clayton Brothers - John and Jeff Clayton prove conclusively that while blood may be thicker than water, it can also carry an unimpeded flow of pure creativity. Their Grammy® nominated quintet, The Clayton Brothers, is bristling with surprises, delights and the kind of musical telepathy that could only come from tuned in siblings. John gained prominence as a bassist in both the jazz and classical fields. Reed player Jeff Clayton has recorded important albums with Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Kenny Rogers, Michael Jackson, Patti Labelle, Earth Wind & Fire, and Madonna. As a jazz musician, he has worked with Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Ella Fitzgerald, Woody Harmon, Lionel Hampton, McCoy Tyner, Dee Dee Bridgewater and many others. The website is www.johnclaytonjazz.com

The Bad Plus - Just nominated for a Grammy® The Bad Plus - Reid Anderson, Ethan Iverson and David King - have broken down the walls of jazz convention and created an uncompromising body of work. Few jazz groups in recent memory have amassed such acclaim. They are at the forefront of a new instrumental music movement, drawing audiences both traditional and mainstream. While the bulk of their output has been original music, they have deconstructed songs in the pop, rock as well as the country and classical music idioms. “It’s about as badass as highbrow gets.”- Rolling Stone, “If the Coen Brothers put together a jazz trio, perhaps it would be like this…comic and dramatic rolled together.”- The Guardian www.thebadplus.com

Badi Assad - Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Badi is part of the musical family of Assad. Her brothers, Sergio ands Odair, form the famous classical “Duo Assad”. As a singer, Badi Assad is vibrant and electric, responding to her inner passion with deft creativity. She transcends the traditional style of Brazilian music with an exotic mixture of ethnic sounds from around the world. As a guitarist, she has inspired audiences and critics worldwide with a unique combination of technical mastery and innovation that has caused many to reexamine their notions about the instrument. Through it all, Badi's adventurous spirit and buoyant personality have become an integral part of her music. As a result, this extraordinary singer, guitarist and percussionist is successfully forging an exhilarating genre of music that quite literally defies categorization. Her website is www.badiassad.com

Melvin Taylor - Melvin Taylor is one of the greatest guitarists in the history of rock, blues and jazz. He is reputed to be as good a rock guitarist as Jimi Hendrix, as good a blues guitarist as BB King and as good a jazz guitarist as George Benson. So it won’t surprise you to know that Melvin’s ability has been recognized by many of his fellow guitar and rock greats. In fact, he has opened for BB King, Buddy Guy, George Benson and Carlos Santana. And he can count among his fans the likes of Mick Jagger and Patti Labelle. Fans in Argentina, Canada, China, Chile, France, Germany, Great Britain, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Turkey, and the US have enjoyed his virtuoso guitar style and breathtaking solos. www.melvintaylormusic.com

Alex Brown Quartet - Jazz pianist and composer Alex Brown is quickly establishing both a national and international reputation. In 2007, Alex joined the group of Grammy® winner Paquito D’Rivera. He has has performed with Jane Bunnett, Jon Faddis, the New York Voices, Terell Stafford, Miguel Zenon, and Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. In 2010, Alex was featured in “Keyboard Magazine”. He’s also a 2010 Grammy® nominee for his work as a part of Paquito D'Rivera's 2009 release, "JazzClazz." In 2007, Alex was a winner as a pianist in the Jazz Soloist category of Downbeat Magazine's Student Music Awards. In 2009, the group “La Timbistica”, which he is a part of, won for best college group. Alex was our featured pianist in the 2005 Telluride Student All-Star Jazz Ensemble. His website is www.alexbrownmusic.com

March Fourth Marching Band - March 4th Marching Band is a mobile big band spectacular, with saxophones, trombones, trumpets and a drum/percussion corps, anchored by pumping battery-powered electric bass. Stilt-walkers, dancing girls, flag twirlers, clown antics, and acrobatics accompany this eclectic ensemble. The sound is huge, melodic, and dynamic, taking audiences on a musical journey around the globe. They draw from influences such as gypsy brass, samba, funk, afro-beat, big-band, jazz, and rock music, as well as film, circus, and Vaudeville. Imagine Duke Ellington meets Sgt. Pepper in a 1920′s speakeasy where Mr.Bungle meets the Shogun Warriors in a Clockwork Orange. Imagine running into this giant spectacle marching through a festival, down Main Street, or onto stage. The impact is immediate and infectious! http://marchfourthmarchingband.com

Telluride Student All-Star Jazz Ensemble - This program, in it’s 15th year, is for the serious student and is directed by renowned jazz educator and performer Bob Montgomery and Alumni Josh Quinlan. A national talent search is conducted for students age 13 and up via audition tapes. Students selected receive scholarships to this special week-long program culminating with a main stage performance at the festival. Audition information available on our web site www.telluridejazz.org

Super Sale on tickets through January 15, 2011:

www.telluridejazz.org or call 970-728-7009

Patron Pass $500 (from $750) Limited number available - Special stage-side seating at Town Park performances with food and beverage catering in the Patron Pavilion. First Priority entry to all participating Night Venues and events. In addition, patrons are invited to parties and special sponsored events throughout the weekend.

Weekend All-Access Pass $125 (from $180) - Entry to Town Park Stage and participating night venues, on a first-come first-serve basis after top priority Patrons, Sponsors and Artists are seated.

Three-day Park Passes $90 (from $135) - Entry to all Town Park Stage performances.

Single Day Passes - Friday, Saturday, and Sunday $65 available only by calling 970-728-7009.

Entry to Town Park Stage Performances for designated day- Watch website for online availability www.telluridejazz.org.

Also Sponsored By - No Wasted Notes; Raynier Institute & Foundation; CorePower Yoga; CCAASE-Town of Telluride; The Telluride Foundation; Colorado Council on the Arts; National Endowment for the Arts; The Llama- Telluride; The Peaks Hotel & Spa; Capella - Telluride; DownBeat Magazine; Great Lakes Airlines; Ice House/Camel’s Garden Hotels; Dworbell, Inc; Telluride Mountain Village Owners Assoc.; Elevation Vacations; Telluride Alpine Lodging; Montrose Daily Press; Just for Kids Foundation; Silver Star Lodging; and Mountain Lodge at Telluride.


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