Winter Park-Fraser Valley, CO (Top40 Charts/ Winter Park-Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce)
Hot off the presses - the lineup for the much-anticipated Winter Park-Fraser Valley Jazz Festival has just been announced. The 29th Annual Winter Park Jazz Festival presented by Winter Park Resort, July 21-24 in Winter Park's Hideaway Park, features live music from local, regional and national acts. This year's schedule includes the O'Jays, Arturo Sandoval, Dave Koz, Will Downing and Najee, to name a few.
Tickets go on sale April 1, 2011. Last year's show sold out, so jazz lovers are encouraged to purchase tickets early this year. For $100 guests may purchase tickets for Gold Circle (closest to the stage) and Plaza Party (some shade and an additional bar), which include two drinks, lunch and access to the Stage Left Tent and a private bar. VIP tickets are $45 and general admission is $35 in advance.
Purchase tickets and lodging packages from the Winter Park-Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce (888-409-5974) or purchase tickets through Ticketmaster (800-745-3000). Please note the schedule is subject to change.
Thursday, July 21:
The jazz-filled weekend kicks off with a free concert featuring The Erica Brown Band at the outdoor amphitheater in Hideaway Park, located in downtown Winter Park. Bring a blanket or chairs, a picnic dinner and enjoy the soulful jazz sounds from this band that has been a staple on Colorado's blues scene for more than a decade.
Saturday, July 23:
O'Jays: The faces in this legendary band may have changed, but the smooth, soul sounds stay strong to this group's roots, which date back to the 1960s. The O'Jays originally formed in Canton, Ohio, where all five original members attended high school together. Today, the trio of the O'Jays is known for its classic soul songs.
Najee: A native New Yorker and a revolutionary of urban contemporary jazz, Najee began his iconic career playing clarinet, saxophone and flute in his hometown of Queens, New York. Najee's Grammy nominated, platinum selling debut album, "Najee's Theme," was followed by "Day By Day" which also achieved platinum status. "Tokyo Blue," "Just an Illusion" and "Share My World" all attained gold status.
Alex Bugnon with special guest Nelson Rangell: Alex Bugnon, a two-time Soul Train Music Award winner, is a jazz pianist and composer from Switzerland. He studied at the Paris Conservatory and the Mozart Academy in Salzburg and started recording in 1989. His debut album, "Love Season" and his follow-up "Head Over Heels" reached the pop charts and the R&B Top 40. Joining Bugnon onstage in Winter Park is Nelson Rangell, a Denver-based saxophonist who emerged in the late 1980s. Critics say Rangell is one of the most exciting and diverse contemporary jazz performers. He plays soprano, alto and tenor sax, as well as flute and piccolo.
Dotsero: This band is named after a small mountain town in Colorado that means "something unique," according to Ute Indian legend. Specializing in smooth jazz, this band is noted for being as fun to watch as it is to listen to with its exciting brand of music.
After Party at Winter Park Resort: Winter Park Resort, Becky Taylor and Jazz at Jacks presents the "Official WPJF After Party," featuring Hot Lunch Band at West Portal Station at Winter Park Resort. The party starts at 7 p.m. and goes until 1 a.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.). Come have dinner and party at the second annual WPJF After Party. Advance tickets will be available.
Sunday, July 24:
Dave Koz: Saxophonist Dave Koz's career spans 20 years and a dozen albums. Koz, a six-time Grammy nominee, has established himself as one of the most prominent figures in contemporary music. His latest album, "Hello Tomorrow," is produced by Grammy winners John Burk and Marcus Miller.
Will Downing: Prepare to swoon! According to his website, "women love Will Downing, and men love the women who love him." Will Downing's recording career spans two decades, during which the Brooklyn native has secured his place as one of the leaders in romantic, soulful music.
Arturo Sandoval: Sandoval is a protege of the legendary jazz master, Dizzy Gillespie, who was the first musician to bring Latin influences into American jazz. Sandoval was born in Cuba, but now calls Miami home. He is renowned at playing jazz trumpet and flugelhorn, and is a classical artist, pianist and composer.
Hot 8 Brass Band: The members of this group were all born and raised in New Orleans and focus on traditional New Orleans brass band music. Hurricane Katrina put Hot 8 on the national map when they were featured on national TV and in Spike Lee's Katrina documentary.
Winter Park-Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce
The Winter Park-Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit Colorado corporation created to help further and maintain responsible growth in the Winter Park-Fraser Valley area, located in the Rocky Mountains just 67 miles west of Denver.