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Everything’s Great in Guelph — Unless You Ask Sainkho Namtchylak

David "Fathead" Newman

The Vail festival grew out of an idea that originated in Colorado in 1963 when Dick Gibson began his jazz parties. The Gibson affair became the model for dozens of similar gatherings but, with Gibson and his parties long gone, Vail expands beyond private jam sessions for wealthy subscribers. Beginning in late July with a series of club dates and public concerts by national and Colorado musicians, the festival culminates in three nights and three days of Labor Day weekend programs by a diverse collection of name artists.

The nonprofit Vail Jazz Foundation is headed by Howard Stone, a retired Los Angeles real estate attorney who divides his year between California and this pristine ski village high in the Rocky Mountains. It supplies modern mainstream jazz to an audience that is still predominantly middle-aged or older, but the foundation’s two-part mission is to develop jazz players and listeners of the future.

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