Jazz Aspen Snowmass has just announced the Summer JAS Café series line-up with all shows taking place rooftop at the Aspen Art Museum. Tickets for the series will go on-sale Thursday, March 10 at 10am mst and include the option of single show purchases as well as a Series Pass offering $10/off per show with a minimum purchase of five performances. Tickets will be available at jazzaspensnowmass.org.
The series opens on July 1st with the world-renowned guitarist/vocalist John Pizzarelli who has been hailed by the Boston Globe for “reinvigorating the Great American Songbook and re-popularizing jazz.” On July 2nd JAS will bring back the Grammy award winning, Charleston, SC quintet Ranky Tanky, performing timeless music born from the Gullah culture of the southeastern Sea Islands. Students from the JAS Academy Combo/Small Ensemble Sessions will be performing on July 21 followed by a still to be announced act on July 22.
On August 12th vocal jazz giant Dee Dee Bridgewater returns to Aspen with her “Memphis Soulphony” performance, a tribute to her native city and roots, recapturing the magic and history of Memphis Blues, R&B and Soul classics. New Orleans blues singer, songwriter and pianist Marcia Ball will make her first Café appearance on August 13th. On the final weekend of summer shows JAS will present “New Voices,” featuring two of the hottest young female vocalists on the jazz scene: Samara Joy on August 19th and Emmaline on August 20th.
All evenings will feature performances at 7pm and 9:15pm with select 7pm performances including an Artist Listen Up! talk prior to the show. These talks feature the artists in discussions about their personal histories and the origins of the music they will perform.