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The JAS Café features intimate jazz performances at various venues including The Roof of the Aspen Art Museum, The Velvet Buck at The St Regis Aspen, Downstairs at The Little Nell and The Collective Snowmass. Enjoy candlelit performances from some of the greatest jazz artists from around the world alongside delicious food and beverages.

Thank you for a safe and successful 2020 Summer Cafe Season!

Check back for our JAS Cafe Summer 2021 Series Announcement – coming this spring!

New – JAS Listen Up! Virtual Series & Artist Happy Hours This Winter

JAS is proud to present a new series of interactive interviews with some of the finest young Artists to grace our JAS Café stage in recent years (see the full line-up below). Learn more about the artists personal journeys, as well as the origins of the music they play. Join us for these free virtual interviews by visiting our Facebook page on the dates/times listed below.

Want to learn more about the artist? Join them after the interview for Happy Hour! Limited to just 12 screens, this is a great opportunity to ask your own questions and interact with the Artist directly. Happy Hour tickets are $25 (fully tax deductible) with the exception of Veronica Swift/Emmet Cohen ($50) and can be purchased here.

BRIA SKONBERG

DAVE WATTS

JOSÉ JAMES

Listen Up Virtual Series
Bria Skonberg

February 9 @6pm

Described as “one of the most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation” (Wall Street Journal) she recently sang the music of Aretha Franklin alongside Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child, played with U2 at the Apollo, sat in with the Dave Matthews band, was a featured guest with Jon Batiste and performed the Star Spangled Banner at Madison Square Garden for a NY Rangers game. A bandleader since her teens, Bria has performed festivals and stages the world over, including New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, and over a hundred more. In 2016 Bria released her debut LP on Sony Masterworks which won a Canadian JUNO award and made the Top 5 on Billboard jazz charts; her music has over 10 million streams on Spotify. A 6x Downbeat Rising Star, further accolades include the Jazz at Lincoln Center Swing Award, Best Vocal and Best Trumpet from Hot House Jazz Magazine and Outstanding Jazz Artist at the Bistro Awards.  The “shining hope of hot jazz” (NY Times) has been at the forefront of a revival of classic American music as both a performer and educator, programming concerts and workshops for students of all ages. She has been on faculty at the Teagarden Jazz Camp (2008- present) and Centrum Jazz Camp, performs outreach on behalf of Jazz at Lincoln Center, is currently developing educational activities for the Louis Armstrong House Museum and co-directs the New York Hot Jazz Camp she co-founded in 2015. In 2018 Lincoln Center sought out her leadership for a tribute to the first integrated all female big band, the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, which launched her acclaimed group Sisterhood of Swing. In 2019 she was a featured member of Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour for 26 dates alongside Cecile McLorin Salvant, Christian Sands, Melissa Aldana and Jamison Ross. Bria is a member of the Town Hall Ensemble, an all star cast directed by Steven Bernstein that celebrates the cultural and musical history of New York city. She tours constantly bringing her own signature sound of fiery trumpet playing and smoky vocals together with storytelling and adventurous concoctions of classic and new.

Originally from the small town of Chilliwack, British Columbia, Bria studied jazz and performance at Capilano University in Vancouver while balancing a full road schedule with two bands. After graduating she traveled extensively, performing in China, Japan and throughout Europe as a featured artist. When she wasn’t traveling, Bria was honing her chops with Dal Richards, Vancouver’s King of Swing. Playing BC Place Stadium at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver capped off this exciting period, with Bria featured at the Paralympics opening ceremony for over 50 000 people. Seeking new challenges, Bria moved to New York city in September of 2010. Upon arrival she went to jam with friends in Washington Square Park and an hour into playing world renowned trumpeter Wynton Marsalis stopped to listen. He gave her a thumbs up.

www.briaskonberg.com

Listen Up Virtual Series

Dave Watts of The Motet

Feb 16 @6pm

Dave Watts is the drummer/bandleader/composer and founder of funk group The Motet. Since 1998, The Motet have inspired the world with their unique style of dance music. Over the course of nine full-length albums they’ve traversed the lines between funk, soul, jazz, and rock and built a diehard audience in the process. They’ve headlined Red Rocks Amphitheatre six times and sold out countless legendary venues coast-to-coast. In addition to racking up nearly 20 million total stream and views, they’ve also garnered widespread acclaim from numerous publications including Relix, Glide Magazine and AXS. The band has graced the stages of festivals such as Bonnaroo, Bottlerock. Electric Forest, Bumbershoot, Summer Camp, High Sierra and Jazz Aspen Snowmass.

Listen Up Virtual Series
José James

March 9 @3pm

You’d be forgiven for previously assuming that José James was a man with something to prove. There was that decade he spent reshaping jazz with the genre-blurring verve of a crate-digging beat guru. And that time he declared his jazz career was over, ditched the bands, and became a solo R&B star. And then there were the last couple years he spent living in Bill Withers’ shoes — recording and touring that legendary songbook for the Lean On Me project, a feat as brazen as they come. Now, well, it’s not that James is out of mountains to climb, but sometimes you gotta stop to consider the one you’ve already got under your feet. Thus, the satin-voiced songwriter’s latest is No Beginning No End 2, a sequel to his 2013 album that resurrects the bold eclecticism we first fell in love with, while taking us on a journey through both celebration and introspection.

“I have to give Bill credit,” says James. “Touring as a four-piece, I got to feel how transformative it is to dig into music with a real band. I think he led me back to that high-level singer-songwriter material — stuff that’s hooky and funky and with jazz running through it — that’s joyful without being corny. That was the hallmark of No Beginning No End, mixed with that New York hip-hop element. After the tour, I wrote a thing on Instagram saying I was thinking about No Beginning No End 2 and people went insane. They wrote thousands of comments about how the first one changed their life. I don’t sit around and think ‘my work is so important’ so that was kinda nice.”

Of course, things are a little different this time around. For one, while the prequel was James’ Blue Note debut, this is his first set of new music for his own label/collective Rainbow Blonde Records. Secondly, the album is chock-full of collaborators who are auteurs in their own right — Laura Mvula, Aloe Blacc, Ledisi, Erik Truffaz, and Hindi Zahra, to name a few  — appearing in unexpected sonic contexts. Thirdly, with the backing of a wildly good band held down by rhythm sections in Los Angeles and Brooklyn (befitting Rainbow Blonde’s bicoastal status) the songs are warmer and more defined than ever, balancing classic songwriting against immersive vibe.

For James, all of these pieces are related, and speak to a constellation of small but vibrant artist communities in constant communication. “I hope people see this as an update not of my career, but the entire scene,” he says. “If somebody told me two years ago I’d be running my own label with my friends, having my own sessions, and singing hard bop anthems while sipping red wine with Laura Mvula in London, I’d be like, ‘Nah, that’s crazy.’ But we’re trying to connect the dots on a global level and that’s sort of the whole concept: no beginning, no end, no boundaries.”

No Beginning No End 2 easily makes the case within three songs. Opener “I Need Your Love” basks in the kind of romantic groove the Roots or Fugees used to whip up, but with James and Ledisi duetting while a very overqualified Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah — one of the greatest trumpeters of his time — happily flows over the living beat. The next cut sounds something like Mutations-era Beck interpolating “Hey Ya!”, and it’s exuberantly counted in by honest-to-god J-pop star Rihwa. And song three, “Feels So Good,” is straight-up disco bliss, with James exuding Bobby Caldwell cool as he trades lines with divine newcomer Cecily. As if that weren’t enough, he and Blacc flirt with Minneapolitan funk on the swaggering “Turn Me Up,” just moments before James flips Billy Joel’s gorgeously soft-rocking (and subtly jazz-kissed) “Just the Way You Are.”

Again, James sees a connection others might miss: “It all ties into this idea of the ’70s being this remarkable creative and eclectic moment,” he says, when individualism came to be expected of all sorts of artists. But it’s not just throwback — James points out that the culture is experiencing something like that right now. “I read an interview with Billie Eilish where she was talking about, ‘I can’t believe people used to think genres existed,'” he laughs. “It’s like, oh man, that’s just so nice. It was such a struggle for my generation, and others before, to kick these doors down of this genre and that, and it’s so beautiful to know there are kids who can’t even think that way.”

Naturally, NBNE2‘s players (whose bona fides are a bit too extensive to list here) are of a similar philosophical mindset, including: Brett Williams, Kris Bowers, and Takeshi Ohbayashi on keys; Marcus Machado, Alan Hampton, and LP coproducer Brian Bender on guitar; Ben Williams on bass; and Justin Brown and Jamire Williams on drums. James also enlisted Alberto Lopez (of Quetzal) for the sort of Afro-Latin percussion common to so much black music of that era, from Marvin Gaye to Gloria Gaynor — which befits James’ own Angolan-Panamanian roots.

Because as much as the first half of the album displays James as the consummate entertainer — bright and extroverted — the second half finds the lyrical lens subtly pushing in on the man behind the band. The transition point is the aforementioned “Nobody Knows My Name,” where he and Mvula examine the slippery nature of identity in the face of fame, race, time, and place. Then, with Lizz Wright on the gospel-lifted “Take Me Home,” James can be heard yearning for something soulful and familiar. A song later, he finds it with his partner (in business, songwriting, and life) Rainbow Blonde cofounder/artist Taali — their spare ballad, “I Found a Love,” hits that balance of deeply intimate and universally felt, like something Stevie Wonder might’ve penned.

“With Taali, I feel really seen for the first time and that’s powerful,” says James. “I think that’s what we’re all striving for on an individual and a cultural level. To have her in my corner, on my label, and on my writing team is amazing, and I’m really glad everybody can have a window into how holistic my world has become. I’ve found a deep gratitude for the fact that I’m a dude who came from South Minneapolis who didn’t have a passport or know anyone who did, and now I’m on my seventh and have this family of incredibly talented friends from all over the world.” At the same time, he adds, touring Lean On Me — and hearing Bill’s fans’ stories — made James ask himself some tough questions: “Why am I making music? To satisfy my ego or to uplift people? And what comes next? Is there something in the universe that’s guiding these travels?”

That particular trip — the search for Self evolving outward again into the search for Other — plays out in two of No Beginning No End 2‘s most striking songs as the album winds down. First comes our host’s true singer-songwriter moment, “Saint James,” splitting the difference between folk and soul as James coos softly from the other side of heartache and an empty bottle or two. Then comes relief with album-closer “Oracle (高尾山),” creeping in on Truffaz’ cool blue trumpet, entwining itself around Zahra’s beautifully elastic voice, and climbing as the band slowly surges toward what feels like impending revelation. But instead of some massive musical crescendo or clear-cut response to James’ cosmic queries, we get a different kind of answer that speaks once again to the NBNE theme: the sound of a stream flowing from one unknown place to another.

Yellowjackets

Friday, July 10

Aspen Art Museum

Throughout their storied 35+ year history, the Yellowjackets have recorded 22 albums, received 17 Grammy® nominations – won 2 – performed countless sold-out tours, and enjoyed worldwide critical acclaim and commercial success.
The Yellowjackets formed in the late 1970’s as the backup band for guitarist Robben Ford. They recorded their first album together in 1980. Shortly after that recording, however, Ford decided to part ways and go in a different musical direction. As a result, the modern day Yellowjackets were formed — a trio with Russell Ferrante, Jimmy Haslip and Ricky Lawson. Since then, and with the addition of Bob Mintzer, the Yellowjackets have gained and maintained prominence as one of jazz’s most influential and loved groups.
Over the years the band has undergone numerous lineup changes. Never failing to rise to the inevitable challenges of adjustment, the Yellowjackets – Russell Ferrante, William Kennedy, Bob Mintzer – have maintained an extraordinarily high quality of musicianship that is the rival of many but a surprise to no one who knows and appreciates the band and their music.
The most recent addition to the band adds Australian bass player Dane Alderson in to the mix. With his exceptional rhythmic sensibility and natural disposition toward groove, Dane brings a new energy to the band and adds a youthful approach to the music.

https://www.yellowjackets.com/

Lucia Micarelli

Saturday, July 11

Aspen Art Museum

Born in Queens, New York, Lucia was immersed in the arts by the age of three, diligently practicing dance, piano, and violin.  It didn’t take long for Lucia to discover her passion and greatest talent was the violin, which quickly became her main focus.  After moving to Hawaii at the age of five, she continued to refine her skills on the violin with teachers Kathryn Lucktenberg and Sheryl Shohet, and just a year later at the age of six, Lucia made her debut as a soloist with the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra.

At age eleven, Lucia was accepted into the prestigious Juilliard School of Music’s Pre-College Division.  She spent her summers at the Aspen Music Festival, regularly performing with the orchestra, and won the Violin Concerto Competition in 2000, resulting in a performance of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Festival Orchestra.

At seventeen, Lucia left Juilliard to attend the Manhattan School of Music.  It was during this time that Lucia began to develop a growing interest in non-classical music.  She started moonlighting with local jazz and rock bands in New York clubs, and by the following year, she had accepted an offer to tour with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra as a featured violinist and concertmaster.
Over the last ten years, Lucia’s profile has continued to soar. She’s been a featured soloist in two of Josh Groban’s world tours, toured extensively with Chris Botti and was featured in his “Live From Boston” PBS special, and was featured in Barbra Streisand’s 2013 international tour. She also released two solo albums, “Music From A Farther Room” and “Interlude”. In 2009 Lucia was cast in the starring role of “Annie” in HBO’s critically acclaimed series, “Treme”.
Lucia has just completed the recording of her third studio album, which is an eclectic journey through her many musical influences – from classical to jazz to traditional fiddle music and Americana – all bound together by her trademark emotional vulnerability and technical wizardry.

http://www.luciamicarelli.com/

ETIENNE CHARLES

VERONICA SWIFT
EMMET COHEN

ANAT COHEN

BADI ASSAD

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Listen Up Virtual Series

Veronica Swift & Emmet Cohen

April 6 @6pm

VERONICA SWIFT
At age 23, Veronica Swift is now being recognized around the country as one of the top young jazz singers on the scene.

In the fall of 2015, she won second place at the prestigious Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition. In 2016 she was asked to perform a concert of her own at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center in New York City and she was a guest artist with Michael Feinstein at Jazz at Lincoln Center with the Tedd Firth Big Band and Marilyn Maye and Freda Payne. Veronica’s first appearance at Jazz at Lincoln Center was at age 11 when she performed at the “Women in Jazz” series at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola.

In the summer of 2016 she headlined at the Telluride Jazz Festival, her 10th appearance there – but her first as a headliner. She first appeared there at age 10 with Dave Adams’ Young Razzcals Jazz Project and the great saxophonist Richie Cole and later she sang a duet with the featured artist, Paquito d’Rivera.

Veronica finished her undergraduate degree (BM in Jazz Voice) at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami in December 2016, where she was a full scholarship student. It was after that that she moved to New York City, where she was almost immediately started performing every Saturday night at the legendary Birdland Jazz Club, a gig she continues to maintain when she isn’t on the road.

EMMET COHEN
Multifaceted American jazz pianist and composer Emmet Cohen has emerged as one of his generation’s pivotal figures in music and the related arts. A recognized prodigy, Cohen began Suzuki method piano instruction at age three, and his playing quickly became a mature melding of musicality, technique, and concept. Downbeat observed that his “nimble touch, measured stride and warm harmonic vocabulary indicate he’s above any convoluted technical showmanship.” In the same spirit, Cohen himself has noted that playing jazz is “about communicating the deepest level of humanity and individuality; it’s essentially about connections,” both among musicians and with audiences. Possessing a fluid technique, an innovative tonal palette, and an expansive repertoire, Cohen plays with the command of a seasoned veteran and the passion of an artist fully devoted to his medium.

Cohen holds a Master’s Degree from the Manhattan School of Music and a Bachelors Degree from the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, where he studied with esteemed pianist and educator Shelly Berg. In his formative years he was tutored in classical piano at the Manhattan School of Music’s Pre-College Division.

A powerful and charismatic performer, Emmet Cohen possesses wide-ranging talents that are reinvigorating the contemporary arts world both domestically and internationally and are received enthusiastically worldwide. Emmet Cohen is a YAMAHA artist.

One of jazz’s brightest rising star vocalists, Veronica Swift, alongside brilliant jazz pianist Emmet Cohen. Get ready to sizzle and swing!

https://www.veronicaswift.com/
https://emmetcohen.com/

Listen Up Virtual Series
Anat Cohen

April 13 @6pm

“Anat does what all authentic musicians do: She tells stories from her own experiences that are so deeply felt that they are very likely to connect listeners to their own dreams, desires and longings.” — Nat Hentoff

Ever charismatic, prolific and inspired, Grammy-nominated clarinetist-saxophonist Anat Cohen has won hearts and minds the world over with her expressive virtuosity and delightful stage presence. The New York Times writes, “Ms. Cohen on the clarinet was a revelation. Using the clarinet’s upper register, she could evoke infectious joy. In the lower register, her playing could conjure a deep, soulful melancholy. On up-tempo numbers, her improvisations weren’t just bebop fast; they had a clarity and deep intelligence that is really quite rare. She made it look effortless, even as she was playing the most technically difficult of all the reed instruments… she took my breath away.”

Anat has been declared Clarinetist of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association every year since 2007 and has also been named the top clarinetist in both the readers and critics polls in DownBeat for multiple years running. That’s not to mention years of being named Rising Star in the soprano and tenor saxophone categories in DownBeat, as well as Jazz Artist of the Year. In 2009, ASCAP awarded Anat a Wall of Fame prize for composition and musicianship, among other honors. As The Chicago Tribune has said about Anat, “The lyric beauty of her tone, easy fluidity of her technique and extroverted manner of her delivery make this music accessible to all.”

Since 2005, Anat’s series of releases via her Anzic Records label have seen the clarinetist-saxophonist range from infectious swingers to lilting balladry, from small groups to larger ensembles and back again, exploring a universe of music along the way.

One June 14, 2019 the Anat Cohen Tentet reached a new crest in its evolution with its second recording – Triple Helix. The album’s centerpiece is a three-movement concerto composed for Cohen and the Tentet, by her longtime collaborator Oded Lev-Ari, the Tentet’s musical director and Cohen’s producer/label partner at Anzic. Commissioned by New York’s Carnegie Hall and Chicago’s Symphony Center for live world premieres earlier in 2019, “Triple Helix” won raves from The Chicago Tribune as “a work of considerable expressive reach” and a “sensuous tonal palette,” with Cohen “sounding like a musician transformed.” Those qualities are abundantly evident in the album version, conducted by Lev-Ari as he also did onstage in New York and Chicago, highlighting Cohen at her most “fresh, sophisticated and daring” (JazzTimes). The Tentet features a vibrant mix of ace New York players – Nadje Noordhuis (Trumpet, Flugelhorn) Nick Finzer (Trombone), Owen Browder (Baritone Saxophone), Christopher Hoffman (Cello), Vitor Gonçalves (piano, accordion), Sheryl Bailey (Guitar), Tal Mashiach (Bass), James Shipp (Vibraphone, Percussion) and Anthony Pinciotti (drums).

In between large ensemble recordings, in March 2018 Anat and the acclaimed pianist Fred Hersch released their debut duo recording – Live in Healdsburg of which Nate Chinen (WBGO) proclaimed “a beautiful document of mutual exchange, rooted in melody but alert to every possibility”

In October 2017 –Happy Song – the debut release from the Tentet found her drawing on diverse musical loves, from Brazilian music to African grooves, from vintage swing to touching ballads. In many ways, Happy Song carried on from an initial highpoint of her discography, 2007’s sumptuous Noir, which saw Anat weave her various horns through the all-star Anzic Orchestra, arranged and conducted by Lev-Ari. Billboard magazine marveled over the “cinematic feel” of Noir, with The Washington Post praising Lev-Ari’s arrangements as “wonderfully textured and evocative.” The Tentet of Happy Song boasts a different sort of richness, one that’s full but also fleet and fizzing, with an open, jazzy energy. The beautiful arrangements are by both Anat and Lev-Ari, with the latter directing the band.

Earlier in her especially fertile 2017, Anat continued her love affair with Brazilian sounds by releasing two albums simultaneously via Anzic: Outra Coisa: The Music of Moacir Santos (with 7-String guitarist Marcello Gonçalves) and Rosa Dos Ventos (with Trio Brasileiro: percussionist Alexandre Lora, 7-String guitarist Douglas Lora and mandolinist Dudu Maia). Both recordings were made in Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia and went on to receive Grammy Award nominations in Best World Music and Best Latin Jazz albums. All About Jazz praised both records at length, saying that together they made for “one brilliant bonanza of Brazilian music from one of the greatest clarinetists of our time… Cohen’s magnetism and musicality, married with the accents of Brazil and the skills of her accomplished colleagues, makes for something incredibly special on these dates. Add both of these albums to the glowing list of recordings in her discography.” The praise didn’t only come from the jazz world, with Brazilian Press saying: “Anat is an Israeli who seems like a Brazilian when she plays samba.”

Anat was born in Tel Aviv, Israel, and raised into a musical family. She attended the Tel Aviv School for the Arts, the “Thelma Yellin” High School for the Arts and the Jaffa Music Conservatory. Anat began clarinet studies at age 12 and played jazz on clarinet for the first time in the Jaffa Conservatory’s Dixieland band. At 16, she joined the school’s big band and learned to play the tenor saxophone; it was this same year that Anat entered the prestigious Thelma Yellin school, where she majored in jazz. After graduation, she discharged her mandatory Israeli military service duty from 1993-95, playing tenor saxophone in the Israeli Air Force band.

Through the World Scholarship Tour, Anat was able to attend the Berklee College of Music, where she not only honed her jazz chops but also expanded her musical horizons, developing a deep love and facility for various Latin music styles. During her Berklee years, Anat visited New York City during semester breaks, making a beeline for the West Village club Smalls to soak up a melting pot of jazz, contemporary grooves and world music in a scene that included such future collaborators as Jason Lindner, Omer Avital and Daniel Freedman. Moving to New York in 1999 after graduating from Berklee, Anat spent a decade touring with Sherrie Maricle’s all-woman big band, The Diva Jazz Orchestra; she also worked in such Brazilian groups as the Choro Ensemble and Duduka Da Fonseca’s Samba Jazz Quintet, along with performing the music of Louis Armstrong with David Ostwald’s “Gully Low Jazz Band.” Anat soon began to bend ears and turn heads; whether playing clarinet, soprano saxophone or tenor saxophone, she won over the most knowing of jazz sages: Nat Hentoff praised her “bursting sound and infectious beat,” Dan Morgenstern her “gutsy, swinging” style, Ira Gitler her “liquid dexterity and authentic feeling,” and Gary Giddins her musicality “that bristles with invention.”

In 2009, Anat became the first Israeli to headline at the Village Vanguard, the setting for perhaps the most celebrated live recordings in jazz history; the occasion yielded the 2010 release Clarinetwork: Live at the Village Vanguard, which captured the leader paying tribute to Benny Goodman and leading a hard-swinging combo with all-stars Benny Green, Peter Washington and Lewis Nash. Calling Anat “one to watch,” NPR underscored the contemporary approach the group took to the Goodman book: “Cohen and company treat 1920s and ’30s material with a relatively free hand; when they get rolling in ‘Sweet Georgia Brown,’ her rhythm section echoes the thunder of John Coltrane’s quartet.”

Anat has also recorded four acclaimed albums as part of the 3 Cohens Sextet with her brothers, saxophonist Yuval and trumpeter Avishai: 2003’s One, 2007’s Braid, 2011’s Family and 2013’s Tightrope (with the last three released by Anzic). The three siblings – with Anat the middle child to the elder Yuval and younger Avishai – graced the cover of the January 2012 issue of DownBeat, and among the international acclaim for the recent Tightrope had the Financial Times marveling over its “emotional sweep.” The album features the 3 Cohens improvising as an a cappella horn choir as well as teaming with such special guests as Fred Hersch and Christian McBride.

Anat has collaborated regularly with one of her heroes, Cuban-American clarinetist-saxophonist Paquito D’Rivera, who introduced her onstage at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in the Jazz at Lincoln Center complex as “one of the greatest players ever of the clarinet.” Having first appeared at the Newport Jazz Festival in 2007, she had the honor of being the music director for the Newport Jazz Festival Now 60! all-star band that toured the U.S. on the occasion of the festival’s 60th anniversary in 2014. In 2017, Anat played all the major European festivals as part of the all-star, all-female band called ARTEMIS alongside the likes of Renée Rosnes and Cécile McLorin Salvant. She has also toured in a duo with acclaimed pianist Fred Hersch, as well as with iconic Cuban singer Omara Portuondo.

However easy Anat makes it seem onstage, the mastery of any great art is a long, elusive challenge, and she teaches the fine points of jazz and the music of Brazil to budding students across North America, including recent residencies at Stanford, Oberlin, Michigan State University, University of California-San Diego, the Centrum Choro Workshop and California Brazil Camp. About her experiences onstage, in the classroom or just engaging with her listeners, Anat says: “Any day when I get to share music with people – other musicians, an audience – feels like a celebration to me.”

                                                                                    – Bradley Bambarger

 

For more information on Anat Cohen, including tour dates, music samples, photos, video and more, go to www.anatcohen.com.

Listen Up Virtual Series
Badi Assad

May 11 @6pm

Brazil’s Badi Assad (Bah-gee Ah-sagh) is one of the most innovative, passionate and talented Artists of all times and is lauded as one of the world’s most unique and cross-transcendental performance artists of this generation. She transcends traditional styles of her native Brazilian music with a mixture of pop, jazz and world/ethnic sounds from around the world. As a result, the extraordinary singer, guitarist, and percussionist is successfully forging an exhilarating genre of music that quite literally defies categorization.

What makes Badi Assad so unique is her hungry pursuit of performance experimentation that no other artist has done: She combines an extraordinary guitar talent, a unique mouth percussion, beautiful singing, combining a rhythmic body movement, to create an exciting, fresh music sound, and leaving spectators… simply… BREATHLESS. Indeed, watching Badi perform is like witnessing a spiritual phenomenon. How she does what she does all at once, and delivering an extraordinary performance, is quite unbelievable.

As a singer, Badi is vibrant and electric, responding to her inner passion with deft creativity. As a guitarist, she has inspired audiences and critics worldwide with a unique combination of technical mastery and innovation that has caused many to re-examine their notions about the instrument. Through it all, Badi’s adventurous spirit and buoyant personality have become an integral part of her music.

Listen Up Virtual Series

Etienne Charles

March 23 @6pm

Etienne Charles is the Assistant Professor of Jazz Trumpet at Michigan State University. Hailed by The New York Times as “an auteur” (Ben Ratliff), by Jazz Times as “A daring improviser who delivers with heart wrenching lyricism” (Bill Milkowski).  According to Downbeat Magazine “Charles delivers his ebullient improvisations with the elegance of a world-class ballet dancer.” (John Murph).  He has received critical acclaim for his exciting performances, thrilling compositions and knack for connecting with audiences worldwide.  In June 2012, Etienne was written into the US Congressional Record for his musical contributions to Trinidad & Tobago and the World.   Perhaps more than any other musician of his generation or Eastern Caribbean origin, Etienne brings a careful study of myriad rhythms from the French, Spanish, English and Dutch speaking Caribbean to the table.  Crucially, as a soloist, he fully understands the New Orleans trumpet tradition; which is readily discernible in his trademark instrumental swagger, and what famed Crescent City Pianist, Jelly Roll Morton so succinctly captured in the now immortal phrase, ‘The Spanish Tinge’.  He has performed and or recorded with Monty Alexander, Roberta Flack, Frank Foster, Ralph MacDonald, Johnny Mandel, Wynton Marsalis, Marcus Roberts, Maria Schneider, Count Basie Orchestra, Eric Reed, Lord Blakie, David Rudder and many others.  He holds a Master’s degree from the Juilliard School and a Bachelor’s degree from Florida State University.

For more information please visit etiennecharles.com

Catherine Russell

Friday, August 14

Aspen Art Museum

Catherine Russell is a native New Yorker, born into musical royalty. Her father, the late Luis Russell, was a legendary pianist/composer/bandleader and Louis Armstrong’s long-time musical director. Her mother, Carline Ray, was a pioneering vocalist/guitarist/bassist who performed with International Sweethearts of Rhythm, Mary Lou Williams, Sy Oliver, and countless others. Catherine Russell combines a pedigree, where classic jazz & rhythm and blues run through her veins, with the sensibility of a lifetime in popular music. Russell’s professional life began early. After graduating with honors from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, she was fortunate to work with David Bowie, Steely Dan, Cyndi Lauper, Paul Simon, Jackson Browne, Michael Feinstein, Levon Helm, Wynton Marsalis, Rosanne Cash, and jazz-blues vocalist Carrie Smith, among others. Performing as a backup singer, multi-instrumentalist, and lead singer, before launching her solo recording career, Russell has appeared on over 200 albums. In 2012, she received a GRAMMY® Award as a featured artist on the soundtrack of the HBO TV series Boardwalk Empire.

http://www.catherinerussell.net/

Pascal Bokar Afro Blue Grazz Band

Sunday, August 16

Aspen Art Museum

Pascal Bokar’s American Shores, in the “Afro Blue Grazz” style coined by the album’s producer Greg Landau, is an ambitious fusion of textures and styles that comes from Bokar’s unique cultural perspective. As an accomplished jazz guitarist and scholar of African music and jazz he consistently heard clear examples of African musical concepts and instruments throughout his musical explorations. In this project he brought together accomplished musicians from Appalachia’s bluegrass style with Senegalese master drummers, African-American Rhythm and Blues singers, funky keyboards, and the stomp/clap percussion of a gospel choir. This eclectic cross cultural mix brings together long lost musical relatives as a platform for Pascal’s rich guitar and vocal improvisation.
In support of the new record American Shores, Bokar has assembled a group of West African dancers to enhance the visual realm as they move to the lively mix of guitar, piano, upright bass, fiddle, banjo, drums, gospel harmonies and West African percussion.  The AfroJazz Ensemble performs original compositions based on West African rhythms mixed with a funky flair and Pascal Bokar’s jazzy influence. Several of the musicians in the group have been working with Pascal for over a decade, and it shows. Sporting wild colors and traditional costuming, this lively group, along with its high-energy dancers, gets the audience off their feet and dancing at every show.

https://afrobluegrazzpascalbokar.com/

JAS ODYSSEY
JAMES HORRIWITZ TRIO W/ NIKKI HARIS & JIMMER BOLDEN

JAS Odyssey
– James Horowitz Trio w/ Niki Haris & Jimmer Bolden

Thursday, July 9

Aspen Art Museum

James Horowitz
From inspiration in Marciac, SW France 1989 to launch in Aspen 1991, the story of JAS in words & music featuring (2) world class vocalists, each steeped in JAS history, swinging jazz, soul & blues; (30) years of JAS stories to amaze & uplift, (looking back & forward) to celebrate JAS’ quest for a permanent home: The JAS Center at the Red Onion!

Niki Haris
Vocalist Niki Haris, daughter of legendary jazz pianist Gene Haris, shares the same ebullient, swinging style, drenched in the sound of the blues. JAS President James Horowitz & His Trio accompany Niki in a tour of diverse standards old and new, blues and soul.
Niki has worked with a multitude of recording artists ranging from pop, R&B, to Jazz, including Ray Charles, David Sanborn, Santana, Anita Baker, Mick Jagger, Whitney Houston and 18 years of recording and touring with Madonna. Although her career has focused on singing and dancing, choreography and acting are also part her immense career.

Jimmer Bolden

YELLOWJACKETS

Yellowjackets

Friday, July 10

Aspen Art Museum

Throughout their storied 35+ year history, the Yellowjackets have recorded 22 albums, received 17 Grammy® nominations – won 2 – performed countless sold-out tours, and enjoyed worldwide critical acclaim and commercial success.
The Yellowjackets formed in the late 1970’s as the backup band for guitarist Robben Ford. They recorded their first album together in 1980. Shortly after that recording, however, Ford decided to part ways and go in a different musical direction. As a result, the modern day Yellowjackets were formed — a trio with Russell Ferrante, Jimmy Haslip and Ricky Lawson. Since then, and with the addition of Bob Mintzer, the Yellowjackets have gained and maintained prominence as one of jazz’s most influential and loved groups.
Over the years the band has undergone numerous lineup changes. Never failing to rise to the inevitable challenges of adjustment, the Yellowjackets – Russell Ferrante, William Kennedy, Bob Mintzer – have maintained an extraordinarily high quality of musicianship that is the rival of many but a surprise to no one who knows and appreciates the band and their music.
The most recent addition to the band adds Australian bass player Dane Alderson in to the mix. With his exceptional rhythmic sensibility and natural disposition toward groove, Dane brings a new energy to the band and adds a youthful approach to the music.

https://www.yellowjackets.com/

LUCIA MICARELLI

Lucia Micarelli

Saturday, July 11

Aspen Art Museum

Born in Queens, New York, Lucia was immersed in the arts by the age of three, diligently practicing dance, piano, and violin.  It didn’t take long for Lucia to discover her passion and greatest talent was the violin, which quickly became her main focus.  After moving to Hawaii at the age of five, she continued to refine her skills on the violin with teachers Kathryn Lucktenberg and Sheryl Shohet, and just a year later at the age of six, Lucia made her debut as a soloist with the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra.

At age eleven, Lucia was accepted into the prestigious Juilliard School of Music’s Pre-College Division.  She spent her summers at the Aspen Music Festival, regularly performing with the orchestra, and won the Violin Concerto Competition in 2000, resulting in a performance of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Festival Orchestra.

At seventeen, Lucia left Juilliard to attend the Manhattan School of Music.  It was during this time that Lucia began to develop a growing interest in non-classical music.  She started moonlighting with local jazz and rock bands in New York clubs, and by the following year, she had accepted an offer to tour with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra as a featured violinist and concertmaster.
Over the last ten years, Lucia’s profile has continued to soar. She’s been a featured soloist in two of Josh Groban’s world tours, toured extensively with Chris Botti and was featured in his “Live From Boston” PBS special, and was featured in Barbra Streisand’s 2013 international tour. She also released two solo albums, “Music From A Farther Room” and “Interlude”. In 2009 Lucia was cast in the starring role of “Annie” in HBO’s critically acclaimed series, “Treme”.
Lucia has just completed the recording of her third studio album, which is an eclectic journey through her many musical influences – from classical to jazz to traditional fiddle music and Americana – all bound together by her trademark emotional vulnerability and technical wizardry.

http://www.luciamicarelli.com/

SHELLY BERG &
TIERNEY SUTTON

Shelly Berg
& Tierney Sutton

Friday, July 24

Aspen Art Museum

Shelly Berg
Shelly Berg is a Steinway piano artist and five-time Grammy-nominated arranger, orchestrator, and producer. Berg earned three Grammy nominations in the Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocal(s) category with jazz singer-lyricist Lorraine Feather and international superstar Gloria Estefan, and a fourth Grammy nomination as co-producer of Gloria Estefan: The Standards (Sony). He earned his fifth Grammy nomination as co-arranger of “I Loves You Porgy / There’s a Boat That’s Leavin’ Soon for New York” from the album Rendezvous (2018) featuring jazz singers Clint Holmes and Dee Dee Bridgewater with The Count Basie Orchestra. Recent projects include recording and/or performing with Tony Bennett, Seal, Lizz Wright, Andra Day, Clint Holmes, Renée Fleming, and Arturo Sandoval.
An award-winning educator with 39 years of leadership in higher education, Shelly Berg is Dean and Patricia L. Frost Professor of Music at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. He was previously the McCoy/Sample Professor of Jazz Studies at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California and a past president of the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE).

Tierney Sutton
An 8-time Grammy nominee, Sutton has received 7 consecutive nominations for “Best Jazz Vocal Album”- a nomination for every project she has released for the last decade. In 2013 she released After Blue, a jazz-inspired re-imagining of the legacy of Joni Mitchell.
With a recording and touring history spanning over 20 years and 9 CDs, The Tierney Sutton Band, “TSB” has traveled a rare path. Comprised of Sutton and instrumental virtuosos Kevin Axt, Ray Brinker, Trey Henry and Christian Jacob, the band functions as a true collaborative (and legally incorporated) unit and makes all musical as well as business decisions as partners. In 2011 the TSB received a Grammy nomination for it’s collaborative arranging, the only collaborative team ever to receive that honor.
When she is off the road, Tierney is in demand as both a producer and vocal educator. She taught for over a decade at USC’s Thornton School of Music and served for 5 years as Vocal Department Head at The Los Angeles College of Music in Pasadena, CA where she created a new curriculum for vocalists of all genres. Tierney has taught and mentored some of music’s finest new generation of singers including Gretchen Parlato and Sara Gazarek.

http://tierneysutton.com/

SHELLY BERG
RANDY BRECKER
KENNY WASHINGTON
KEN PEPLOWSKI

MAREN MORRIS

Sunday September 6, 2020

Snowmass Town Park

 

Maren Morris is one of the leading voices in country music today—armed with incredible vocal stylings that reflect her country, folk and pop influences, sheer talent, honest lyrics and a strong presence. Morris’ latest album GIRL, released in March 2019 via Columbia Nashville, was recently named Album of the Year at the 53rd Annual Country Music Association Awards, where Morris was the most nominated artist. The album shattered the record for the largest ever debut streaming week for a country album by a woman with 23.96 million streams and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and No. 4 on the Billboard 200. It features history-making title track “GIRL” which had the highest debut on Billboard’s Country Streaming Songs chart by a female artist and the highest weekly streams by a female country artist ever. GIRL comes three years after Morris’ breakout, Gold-certified debut album Hero and explores how her life has changed since then—a skyrocketing career, falling in love, becoming engaged and then married—and the highs and lows in between. She won a Grammy Award for Best Country Solo Performance at the 59th Grammy Awards, was named New Artist of the Year at the 50th Annual CMA Awards, Top Country Female Artist at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards and New Female Vocalist of the Year at the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards. Morris was also the most-played female artist on country radio in 2017 and 2018. The 29-year-old from Arlington, Texas got her start playing in bars around her hometown and quickly made a name for herself with Hero and its Platinum-selling “My Church,” Gold-selling “80s Mercedes” and “I Could Use A Love Song.” Hero and its singles topped charts nationwide, set Country radio records, and were some of the most critically-acclaimed works of 2016.

https://www.marenmorris.com/

VERONICA SWIFT &
EMMET COHEN

Veronica Swift
& Emmet Cohen

Friday, July 31

The Collective Snowmass

Veronica Swift
At age 23, Veronica Swift is now being recognized around the country as one of the top young jazz singers on the scene.
In the fall of 2015, she won second place at the prestigious Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition. In 2016 she was asked to perform a concert of her own at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center in New York City and she was a guest artist with Michael Feinstein at Jazz at Lincoln Center with the Tedd Firth Big Band and Marilyn Maye and Freda Payne. Veronica’s first appearance at Jazz at Lincoln Center was at age 11 when she performed at the “Women in Jazz” series at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola.
In the summer of 2016 she headlined at the Telluride Jazz Festival, her 10th appearance there – but her first as a headliner. She first appeared there at age 10 with Dave Adams’ Young Razzcals Jazz Project and the great saxophonist Richie Cole and later she sang a duet with the featured artist, Paquito d’Rivera.
Veronica finished her undergraduate degree (BM in Jazz Voice) at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami in December 2016, where she was a full scholarship student. It was after that that she moved to New York City, where she was almost immediately started performing every Saturday night at the legendary Birdland Jazz Club, a gig she continues to maintain when she isn’t on the road.

Emmet Cohen
Multifaceted American jazz pianist and composer Emmet Cohen has emerged as one of his generation’s pivotal figures in music and the related arts. A recognized prodigy, Cohen began Suzuki method piano instruction at age three, and his playing quickly became a mature melding of musicality, technique, and concept. Downbeat observed that his “nimble touch, measured stride and warm harmonic vocabulary indicate he’s above any convoluted technical showmanship.” In the same spirit, Cohen himself has noted that playing jazz is “about communicating the deepest level of humanity and individuality; it’s essentially about connections,” both among musicians and with audiences. Possessing a fluid technique, an innovative tonal palette, and an expansive repertoire, Cohen plays with the command of a seasoned veteran and the passion of an artist fully devoted to his medium.

Cohen holds a Master’s Degree from the Manhattan School of Music and a Bachelors Degree from the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, where he studied with esteemed pianist and educator Shelly Berg. In his formative years he was tutored in classical piano at the Manhattan School of Music’s Pre-College Division.

A powerful and charismatic performer, Emmet Cohen possesses wide-ranging talents that are reinvigorating the contemporary arts world both domestically and internationally and are received enthusiastically worldwide. Emmet Cohen is a YAMAHA artist.

https://www.veronicaswift.com/

CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE TIP CITY

Christian McBride Tip City

Saturday, August 1

The Collective Snowmass

Christian McBride
It’s not simply his abundant virtuosity that has made Christian McBride the most in-demand bassist of his generation. McBride consistently combines his deft musicianship with an innate ability to communicate his enthusiasm to an audience—a warm showmanship that transforms his own passion into infectious joy. It comes across whether he’s leading his own bands; sharing the stage with jazz legends like Sonny Rollins, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock or Pat Metheny; accompanying pop giants like James Brown, Sting or The Roots; or collaborating with classical masters like Kathleen Battle, Edgar Meyer or the Shanghai Quartet.
“People Music is my personal mantra as a musician,” McBride says of the title. “Sometimes jazz musicians can get too caught up in their own heads; they get so serious and so caught up in their creativity that they’re not bringing the people in. So I figure the best way to communicate is to let the people navigate where you should go.”

Emmet Cohen
Multifaceted American jazz pianist and composer Emmet Cohen has emerged as one of his generation’s pivotal figures in music and the related arts. A recognized prodigy, Cohen began Suzuki method piano instruction at age three, and his playing quickly became a mature melding of musicality, technique, and concept. A powerful and charismatic performer, Emmet Cohen possesses wide-ranging talents that are reinvigorating the contemporary arts world both domestically and internationally and are received enthusiastically worldwide.

Dan Wilson
Music has been an integral part of Dan Wilson’s life since his beginnings in gospel music. Upon hearing a Wes Montgomery record in a relative’s basement, Dan decided to pursue a career as a musician. Since then, he has spent more than a decade honing his craft. Dan has been touring nationally and internationally with three-time Grammy nominated jazz organ legend, Joey DeFrancesco.

https://www.christianmcbride.com/

JAS ACADEMY BIG BAND

 

JAS Academy Big Band

Tuesday, August 4

FREE! Aspen Art Museum

JAS has enhanced and grown the all-scholarship JAS Academy (founded in 1996), through a new collaboration between JAS and the prestigious Frost School of Music at The University of Miami. The 2019 JAS Academy will be under the direction of JAS Academy Artist Director Christian McBride, working in tandem with Frost Dean Shelly Berg and Program Director Chuck Bergeron. The Frost School of Music has become a nationally recognized program noted for its focus on producing successful musicians trained not just in performance but in the business of music in the 21st century.

https://jazzaspensnowmass.org/jas-artist-page.html?artist=395
https://jazzaspensnowmass.org/jas/academy.html

CATHERINE RUSSELL

 

Catherine Russell

Friday, August 14

Aspen Art Museum

Catherine Russell is a native New Yorker, born into musical royalty. Her father, the late Luis Russell, was a legendary pianist/composer/bandleader and Louis Armstrong’s long-time musical director. Her mother, Carline Ray, was a pioneering vocalist/guitarist/bassist who performed with International Sweethearts of Rhythm, Mary Lou Williams, Sy Oliver, and countless others. Catherine Russell combines a pedigree, where classic jazz & rhythm and blues run through her veins, with the sensibility of a lifetime in popular music. Russell’s professional life began early. After graduating with honors from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, she was fortunate to work with David Bowie, Steely Dan, Cyndi Lauper, Paul Simon, Jackson Browne, Michael Feinstein, Levon Helm, Wynton Marsalis, Rosanne Cash, and jazz-blues vocalist Carrie Smith, among others. Performing as a backup singer, multi-instrumentalist, and lead singer, before launching her solo recording career, Russell has appeared on over 200 albums. In 2012, she received a GRAMMY® Award as a featured artist on the soundtrack of the HBO TV series Boardwalk Empire.

http://www.catherinerussell.net/

RANKY TANKY

 

PASCAL BOKAR

 

Ranky Tanky

Saturday, August 15

Aspen Art Museum

Ranky Tanky released their eponymous debut on Oct. 20th, 2017. By December of that year, the group had been been profiled on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross and their album soared to the #1 position on the Billboard, I-Tunes, and Amazon Jazz Charts.

“Gullah” comes from West African language and means “a people blessed by God.” “Ranky Tanky” translates loosely as “Work It,” or “Get Funky!” In this spirit this Charleston, SC based quintet performs timeless music of Gullah culture born in the southeastern Sea Island region of the United States. From playful game songs to ecstatic shouts, from heartbreaking spirituals to delicate lullabies, the musical roots of Charleston, SC are “rank” and fertile ground from which these contemporary artists are grateful to have grown.

South Carolina natives Quentin Baxter, Kevin Hamilton, Charlton Singleton, and Clay Ross first came together in 1998, fresh out of University, to form a seminal Charleston jazz quartet. Now, united by years apart and a deeper understanding of home, these accomplished artists have come together again, joined by one of the low-country’s most celebrated vocalists Quiana Parler, to revive a “Heartland of American Music” born in their own backyards.

https://www.rankytanky.com/

TICKETS

 

Pascal Bokar

Sunday, August 16

Aspen Art Museum

Pascal Bokar’s American Shores, in the “Afro Blue Grazz” style coined by the album’s producer Greg Landau, is an ambitious fusion of textures and styles that comes from Bokar’s unique cultural perspective. As an accomplished jazz guitarist and scholar of African music and jazz he consistently heard clear examples of African musical concepts and instruments throughout his musical explorations. In this project he brought together accomplished musicians from Appalachia’s bluegrass style with Senegalese master drummers, African-American Rhythm and Blues singers, funky keyboards, and the stomp/clap percussion of a gospel choir. This eclectic cross cultural mix brings together long lost musical relatives as a platform for Pascal’s rich guitar and vocal improvisation.
In support of the new record American Shores, Bokar has assembled a group of West African dancers to enhance the visual realm as they move to the lively mix of guitar, piano, upright bass, fiddle, banjo, drums, gospel harmonies and West African percussion.  The AfroJazz Ensemble performs original compositions based on West African rhythms mixed with a funky flair and Pascal Bokar’s jazzy influence. Several of the musicians in the group have been working with Pascal for over a decade, and it shows. Sporting wild colors and traditional costuming, this lively group, along with its high-energy dancers, gets the audience off their feet and dancing at every show.

https://afrobluegrazzpascalbokar.com/

Our Winter Series 2021 will run February-March. Our Summer Series runs June/July-August. Shows are typically two nights a weekend at most weekends throughout the season, with shows being two consecutive nights either: Thurs, Fri, Sat or Sun.
Jazz and related music genres: soul, Latin, blues, funk, world music and more!
The line-up for the Winter Series 19/20 is out and available here
All festival and lineup information can be found above or for the most up to date info download our app in your local app store, search: Jazz Aspen Snowmass
Typically, there are 2 shows per night (this does vary). With each show running approximately 75 minutes.
Do to new COVID-19 regulations, you will be assigned a door time the week of the show. Please arrive promptly during your assigned time. This has been done to stagger the amount of people entering the venue at one time.
You must arrive at your designated door time.
JAS Listen Up! pre-and post-concert meet & greets with the artists included with your ticket for select shows. JAS Cafe and Listen Up! are focused on expanding music education from the classroom to the community, inspiring knowledge in students of all ages and building a future audience for jazz and related forms of music.
We offer tickets for each show with prices varying based on each artist. We also offer a Series Pass where you get $10 off per show when purchasing 5 or more shows in a season (this pass is subject to change).
We do not do physical tickets for the JAS Cafes. Your name will be on a guest list at the door and you just need to check in with the name of the person who purchased the tickets.
Tickets day of will be based on availability. If you are in town you can stop by the venue after 5pm and see if we have seats open of a show that evening.
Yes. If you can please give us the name of the person using the tickets in advanced.
If a show you would like to attend is sold out you can give us a call at (970) 920-4996 and get your name on the waitlist in case there are any cancellations. You can also come to the venue 5-10 minutes before show time and if we have any no shows after 10 minutes into show time we will do our best to get you in.

Where are the JAS Cafes located?

The JAS Cafes are pop-up venues and will be hosted across multiple venues in Aspen and Snowmass, CO –mostly in the downtown Aspen Core. Current participating venues for the Winter Series 19/20 include:

●Downstairs at The Little Nell (#panelBodyseventeenTLN) -675 E Durant Ave, Aspen CO
●The Velvet Buck in the St Regis (REGIS) –315 E Dean St, Aspen CO
●The Collective in Snowmass Base Village –49 Wood Rd, Snowmass CO
Each venue is different. There is no designated parking at the Aspen Art Museum or The Collective Snowmass. At the Velvet Buck there is valet parking for a fee plus tips.
If you are member of the JAS National Council you will receive a reserved table for the show you have purchased tickets for (for more info on joining JAS National Council visit us here). All other ticket holders are sat on a first come first serve basis. If you have a party of 8 or more please give us a call at (970) 920-4996 to reserve a table.
Yes. If you would like to combine parties with a group who bought tickets separately from you, please give us a call at (970) 920-4996 and let us know in advanced so we can accommodate.
Each venue will have a different seating plan though everyone with a ticket will get a seat. Certain venues will have room for dancing and will be programmed with danceable music accordingly.
No outside food and beverage will be allowed in the event venues.
Yes. Bar menus will be available for all shows at The Little Nell and St Regis. Mix6 Dinner Option available for 6pm shows at The Collective.
All venues have ADA accessibility and seating. We will reserve a table based on your ADA needs if you let us know about them in advanced. Please give us a call at (970) 920-4996 to let us know about any special requests.

What are your policies in regards to COVID-19 safety and regulations?

  • Each group will be assigned an arrival time, please arrive promptly at that time
  • Every individual will have their temperature checked, with a no-touch thermometer prior to entering the venue.
  • Each individual must be wearing a mask when arriving at the venue, when moving around the venue and when exiting the venue. Once seated at your table you can remove your mask.
  • Tables cannot be moved.
  • Please refrain from socializing with other tables and guests prior to, during and following the shows
  • Please remain at your table at all times unless you need to use the restroom or visit the bar
  • When visiting the restroom, the bar or to exit you must wear your mask and social distance at all times. You may remove the mask once seated at your table.
  • When exiting only 6 people on the elevator at a time. Respect social distancing guidelines and you are welcome to take the stairs.

 

All policies are in place to assure the health and safety of our guests, staff and musicians. By doing your part you are helping us keep the music playing.

JAS CAFÉ

Jazz Spoken Globally
The JAS Cafe features intimate jazz performances at various venues including Downstairs at The Little Nell,
The Velvet Buck at The St Regis Aspen and The Collective Snowmass. Enjoy candlelit performances from
some of the greatest jazz artists from around the world alongside delicious food and beverages.
Purchase tickets here or call 970.920.4996
Winter Series Pass – 5+ Shows at a $10 /show Discount (some shows may be excluded in this offer)
Visit our Lodging Partners in Snowmass for your Experience Lodging! For additional lodging options call 800-SNOWMASS

SAVE 25% on your stay in our Aspen Snowmass area condominiums and enjoy amenities like full kitchens, spacious living areas, and private outdoor space. All the comforts of home with all the amenities of a hotel to make your music festival weekend easy and comfortable. Choose from boutique hotel rooms to four bedroom residences located throughout Snowmass Village. All rates are discounted 25% for Jazz Aspen Snowmass festival attendees.

Click here or call 970-429-5055 to book your Jazz Aspen Snowmass lodging experience.

●3 Day/3 Night Festival Packages: Starting as low as $102 Per Person/NT.
●Friday/Saturday Night Festival Package: Starting as low as TBD Per Person/NT.
●Saturday/Sunday Night Festival Package: Starting as low as TBD Per Person/NT.
*These prices include 4-Day GA June Experience tickets.
*Rates do not include Taxes/Fees
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