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Vail Jazz Festival Lineup Adds More Events, Musicians

VAIL, Colo. – April 5, 2022–The 28th Annual Vail Jazz Festival summer lineup has landed some terrific new additions to the lineup, as this year’s schedule continues to evolve into Vail Jazz’s best. In addition to the Thursday evening Headliner series announced last month (tickets currently on sale at, the lineup has confirmed details for several other Vail Jazz Festival events. The Festival is sponsored by the Town of Vail, Alpine Bank, and the Jazz Cruise.


The Festival Kickoff Party is Thursday June 30, 2022, at 5 p.m. at the Arrabelle Hotel in Lionshead, and is the place to kick off the summer in Vail Jazz style! This elegant evening includes a cocktail reception, dinner, and performance from jazz giants and good friends Diego Figueiredo and Ken Peplowski. Tickets range from $200 for General Admission to $250 for a VIP Experience. Tickets will be on sale to the public on April  12, 2022 at 10AM. The Kickoff Party is underwritten by Margie and Chuck Steinmetz.


Returning for its second season is the free Sunday evening series, Vail Jazz at Solaris. These family-friendly, early evening concerts introduce audiences to exciting regional acts and Colorado student bands, spanning many jazz subgenres. Vail Jazz at Solaris runs every Sunday at 5:30 pm, July 3-August 24, 2022.

The lineup includes:

7/3/22:            United States Air Force Academy Band Falconaires

7/10/22:          Quemando

7/17/22:          Lao Tizer Quartet

7/24/22:          The Burroughs

7/31/22:          Lionel Young Quintet

8/7/22:            The Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra Sextet Presents Sass, Swingin’ and Standards

8/14/22:          Tony Monaco’s Tribute to Dr. Lonnie Smith & the Giants of the B-3

8/21/22:          Peter Olstad’s Rocky Mountain All-Stars

Performance details can be found at

“Last summer, Vail Jazz at Solaris was a joyous community gathering place and we couldn’t be happier to be presenting it again,” said Amanda Blevins, Executive Director at Vail Jazz. “This summer we bring all styles of jazz to the Plaza, spanning swing to salsa to big band. We hope Vail Valley guests and locals join us for some incredible music at Solaris.”


 THE event that started it all!  The Vail Jazz Party (VJP)over Labor Day weekend – September 1 – 5, 2022 – brings together some of the biggest names in jazz in a constellation of group performances. Vail Jazz Party events will feature daytime music sessions (including the Sunday morning Gospel session) held under the Jazz Tent at Vail Square in Lionshead Village, and evening events hosted at The Hythe Vail (formerly the Vail Marriott).

This year’s Vail Jazz Party is a celebration of the life of Jeff Clayton, who was part of Vail Jazz since the beginning.  A specially formed Big Band will play music composed and performed by the late Clayton.

All-Access Patron Passes ($575)  include entry into all sessions of music as well as a welcome reception and brunch before the popular Sunday morning Gospel show. Individual tickets to the Gospel show ($95) are also available at; tickets to other individual music sessions may be released later in the summer pending availability.Ensembles:

  • Vail Jazz House Band featuring John Clayton, Dick Oatts, Terell Stafford, Wycliffe Gordon, Bill Cunliffe, and Lewis Nash
  • Cyrille Aimee Trio
  • Cyrus Chestnut Trio with Stacey Dillard
  • Jeff Hamilton Trio
  • Vail Jazz Orchestra Celebrates Jeff Clayton
  • Mile High Gospel Ensemble


  • Adrian Cunningham
  • Graham Dechter
  • Mitch Foreman
  • Bobby Floyd
  • Jerohn Garnett
  • Niki Harris
  • Ken Peplowski
  • Lyndon Rochelle
  • Byron Stripling

Special Performances –

  • Wycliffe Gordon’s Nu Funk Dance Party
  • Niki Haris’ Gospel Prayer Meetin’
  • More to be announced

Performance details and tickets can be found at

For more information about the Vail Jazz Foundation and Festival, please visit or contact Jamie Cox, Marketing Manager ([email protected]).

Full Covid vaccination including booster is required for entry into any Vail Jazz event. Vail Jazz will meet or exceed any local mandates at the time of the event, which are subject to change. Please subscribe to our email list and check back regularly for any updates.

About Vail Jazz:

The Vail Jazz Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to the perpetuation of jazz music through presentation and education. Vail Jazz produces summer performance series and award-winning educational programs serving both the national and local communities.



Media contact: Jamie Cox


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