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Telluride Jazz Festival 2012: 36 Years of World-Class Jazz

The Telluride Jazz Festival will be marking its 36th year of bringing world-class jazz music to Telluride, CO. A not-to-be-missed musical extravaganza, the event has earned international acclaim for its showcasing of the absolute best in classic, mainstream, blues, Brazilian, African and Latin Jazz. The festival is a celebration of the art, soul, history and future of jazz that everyone can enjoy.

It is scheduled to take place on August 3rd to the 5th at Telluride Town Park. 

Performances will take place outdoors in the daytime and in exclusive intimate clubs and historic concert halls at night. A complimentary wine tasting featuring over 20 varietals will take place on Saturday afternoon for all festival attendees.

Some of the wonderful artists being featured this year include:

Victor Wooten Band
A five-time Grammy Award winner and winner of every major award give to a bass guitarist including being voted Bassist of the Year in Bass Player Magazine three times. Named by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the Top Ten Bassists of All Time.

After recording their break-out record Get Down! in 1999, this famed jazz trio has recorded with the likes of Chaka Khan, Dave Matthews, Talib Kweli and John Scofield. Opening for The Rolling Stones one tour and Stevie Wonder the next, there is not much this band hasn’t done.

John Cleary & The Philthy Phew
Born in England and bred in New Orleans, Jon Cleary is a prolific triple threat combining soulful vocals, masterful piano skills, and a talent for producing infectious grooves with melodic hooks and poignant lyrics. Whether performing on solo piano, with his jazz trio The Philthy Phew or alongside Bonnie Rait and John Scofield, Cleary is among the best of the best.

Astral All-Stars Project with Sasha
New Orleans’s most respected, inventive and exciting modern jazz group comprised of world-class improvisers hailed by fans and critics around the globe. Down Beat magazine calls Astral Project “one of the most distinctive and cohesive groups in jazz” while Off Beat calls them “the finest modern jazz ensemble in New Orleans and undoubtedly one of the most unique jazz groups period.”

Roberta Gambarini with the Eric Gunnison Trio
Celebrated throughout the world by fans, critics, and many of the world’s greatest musicians, Roberta Gambarini is a Grammy Award nominee who has graced the stages of the most prestigious venues and festivals in the world. Hank Jones, who provided accompaniment for the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Billie Holiday and Nat “King” Cole called Gambarini the best singer to emerge in over 60 years.

Caleb Chapman’s Crescent Super Band
Twenty-two teenagers from Utah can make a lot of noise - especially when they happen to be members of the Crescent Super Band.  Under the direction of founder Caleb Chapman, the band has stunned audiences worldwide, from New York to the Netherlands. With a youthful energy and nearly unbelieveable performance level, the band has performed hip, intelligent arrangements of the American standards for thousands.  As a result, they have frequently been hailed as the top band of their type in the world.

Guest of Honor: Roy Hargrove
Two-time Grammy award winner Roy Hargrove will be the esteemed guest of honor for 2012. Hargrove is the youngest guest of honor at 42 years old and the first trumpet player. Having worked with the likes of Herbie Hancock, Freddie Hubbard, rapper Common, and English acid jazz DJ/producer Gilles Peterson, very rarely do you find a musician who plays on such an elite level across as many jazz genres as Hargrove.

Tickets range from $99 for a standard 3-Day Pass to $149 for All Access Passes. Prices for passes will increase after
February 29th, so act now!

For more information, visit

Telluride Jazz Festival
August 3-5, 2012

Telluride Town Park
500 E. Colorado Ave
Telluride, CO 81435

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