Your gift can help transform one of the last downtown historic Aspen gems into a vital, year-round performance and recording center and community gathering space. The JAS Center will positively:

  • Enhance the Vitality of the Aspen Core through increasing cultural and performance capacity to over 300+ days/nights of diverse annual usage.
  • Drive Student Music Education through a permanent education and recording center for both year-round local students and the all-scholarship summer JAS Academy.
  • Creating Recording & Broadcasting capabilities that will establish the JAS Center as a nationally recognized venue.
  • Support the Music Loving Community by providing a unique performance center for diverse genres of music in the Aspen core.
  • Include Residents and Visitors by offering a venue for multiple, diverse community uses including meetings, seminars and special events.


JAS is under contract to purchase the existing 2nd floor of the historic Red Onion building, plus the adjacent spaces and the street level entrance that will all be remodeled to create the JAS Center. The JAS Center will serve multiple uses including:

  • Year-round Programming: Ultimately, JAS projects 300+ days/nights of annual usage. JAS plans to significantly increase its own programming “of jazz & related forms of music”, while also opening excess capacity for other organizations and individuals to use.
  • JAS Recording Studio: A “Creative Sanctuary” equally for pop stars, legendary artists and emerging next gen stars, the JAS Center will establish a world-class “destination recording studio”, with multi-space production facilities. The studio is inspired by the handful of iconic, principally metropolitan studios world-wide combining a “live room” (the JAS Café) & adjacent studio under one roof.
    JAS aspires to create the same world-wide reputation for excellence in its recording projects as it has achieved for its “live” concert presentations over 30 years of programming.
  • JAS Local Music Education Initiatives: Create a space to host rehearsals, lessons and performances for students and adults year-round.
  • JAS Academy: Acquire a permanent home for the prestigious all-scholarship summer JAS Academy presented by Jazz Aspen Snowmass in collaboration with Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, under the direction of JAS Artistic Director Christian McBride and Frost Dean Shelly Berg. The JAS Academy is supported annually by a multi-year gift from Sasha and Ed Bass, and takes place in a variety of locations.
  • JAS Café Performances: Expand dates from its current 36 nights annually winter and summer to ultimately increasing to 75+ nights, including more weekend nights, holidays and prime time, which currently are not feasible with existing venue partnerships.
  • Programming for Next Generation Listeners: Expanding performance programming aimed at introducing a younger audience to jazz and related forms of music with accessible pricing. Plus, adding a recording studio with multi media capabilities to create an enticing environment for student engagement.
  • Event Space: With a capacity of (200) seated, or, (250-350) cocktail style, the JAS Center, with its full Catering capabilities and permanent stage/sound/lights will be a one-of-a-kind Aspen core venue. A much-needed venue for JAS collaborations with other not-for-profit organizations, as well as for rental/usage for corporate, municipal or hosted private gatherings.
  • Community Gathering: Create a space that is available to the public to mingle and enjoy music on the many nights that aren’t programmed with private or ticketed events.
  • Gallery: Add a 2nd floor above its entrance with a terrace to create a two-story Gallery hosting rotating thematic exhibits of memorable Artist performances drawn from JAS’ 30 years of archived photos, as well as, visiting iconic music photography collections.