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Telluride Jazz Festival Turns 40

Jazz Festival

Happy 40th Anniversary to the Telluride Jazz Festival which kicked off today. The first notes of jazz music floated above the Telluride Valley August 25-26, 1977. The then unknown event included the likes of guitar legend Muddy Waters and the Dizzy Gillespie Quintet on the lineup. Gillespie would famously remark, “if this ain’t paradise, heaven can wait” in reference to his impression of Telluride. For the next 40 years the Telluride Jazz Festival has hosted music greats like Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, James Moody, Jimmy Heath, Kevin Eubanks, Kenny Barron, Paquito D’Rivera, Ernie Watts, and countless more.

The festival has grown and matured but it still maintains its intimate atmosphere and charm. In recent years, a new era of rising stars has performed on the Town Park stage including Galactic, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Snarky Puppy, Karl Denson, Lettuce, Soulive, Esperanza Spalding, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Robert Walters, Benevento Russo Duo, The Motet, Garage a Trois, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Grupo, Fantasma, Rebirth Brass Band, The Greyboy Allstars, and many more.

The Telluride Jazz Festival continues to attract world-class musicians who are inspired to play such a special venue. There are few stages in the world that can match the energy, views or ambience found in Telluride.

Tickets are still available for this year’s festival and an amazing line up of talented artists perform at the Wilkinson Public Library stage for free.  Check out the complete line-up here.


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