Festivals & Events:
35th Annual Telluride Jazz Celebration
The Telluride Jazz weekend is in fact, a "celebration" of the art, soul, history and future of an all-American art form. You can enjoy international artists in the intimacy of multiple indoor and outdoor venues. Join jazz greats for a weekend of music on the stage in Telluride Town Park by day and in intimate bar venues by night.
Jazz. Funk. Blues. Wine. Yoga. Paradise
Telluride Jazz Celebration is proud to announce an outstanding lineup for its 35th Anniversary year. The 2011 lineup showcases the very best artists in classic, mainstream and progressive jazz along with blues, cajun, pop, funk and soul. This year’s festival will be held August 5-7 in Town Park and throughout the town’s many clubs and theaters. As in recent years, there will be a Friday evening wine tasting and morning yoga in the park. And as always, Telluride’s most intimate festival will cap ticket sales at 3,000 ensuring the audience a Town Park experience like no other.
Some of the most recognizable artists on the schedule are Tower Of Power, Allen Toussaint, Rita Coolidge and Taylor Hicks. The lineup also includes some of the biggest names in jazz (The Clayton Brothers, The Bad Plus and harpist Edmar Castaneda), jambands (Robert Walter, Adam Deitch and The March Fourth Marching Band) and cajun (Lisa Haley & The Zydekats). Blues fans will be astounded by the guitar playing of Melvin Taylor. Just as in past years when artists such as Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding graced the stage, the Jazz audience will be treated to performances by some of the best undiscovered talent.
As always, The Telluride Jazz Celebration will welcome an esteemed Guest of Honor, for whom the stage will be named. This year, we proudly welcome Paquito D'Rivera whose 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 and numerous honors throughout his esteemed career. As Guest of Honor, Paquito will be performing with several artists at this year's festival including Edmar Castaneda and a special Jazz After Dark show with the Alex Brown Quartet.
The artist’s name that might jump out on the aforementioned list is 2006 American Idol winner Taylor Hicks. Hicks, who hails from Birmingham, Alabama was destined for the musical stage from an early childhood. His personal twist of fate came when he was in New Orleans, the night before Hurricane Katrina hit on August 29, 2005. With his flight cancelled, he was given a free airplane voucher. Taylor quickly used the ticket to travel to Las Vegas, where coincidentally American Idol auditions were being held. Not only does Hicks perform with his own Southern Soul band, but his credibility as a top musician is constantly validated as he is often invited to sing on stage with such legendary acts as James Brown, Tom Petty, Jackson Browne, Robert Randolph, Keb’ Mo’ and Widespread Panic among others.
One of the festival’s biggest highlights will take place on Sunday night when two of the music industry’s biggest stars Allen Toussaint and Rita Coolidge will share a stage for the first time ever. Toussaint, who is one of America’s greatest musical treasures penned songs like "Working in the Coalmine", "Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky", and "Mother-in-Law". Rita Coolidge has been described as having "the sexiest voice in the world." The two-time Grammy winner is known for hits like "Your Love Has Lifted Me Higher" and "We're All Alone".
And it wouldn’t be a festival without a “supergroup.” This year’s entry is Walter, Roberts & Deitch which puts the Keyboardist from Greyboy Allstars, Guitarist from New Mastersounds and Drummer from Lettuce and Pretty Lights on the same stage. The addition of a horn section will bring an extra element of funk to this super-project. Walter, Roberts & Deitch will perform a set in Town Park as well as a Jazz After Dark show at The Sheridan Opera House.
All 3-day passes holders are invited to enjoy a complimentary wine tasting with over 20 varietals on Friday evening and morning yoga. Tickets sales are on pace for a sellout this year, so please consider purchasing your tickets early. Tickets are available on telluridejazz.org. A Locals Special is currently available at The Wizard where 3-day passes are being sold for only $90 through April 4.
Watch videos of the bands!
To book a lodging package for Telluride Jazz Celebration, call Telluride Central Reservations at 888.605.2578.