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Vail Jazz Party Announces Lineup for Labor Day Weekend

Long-running festival in Colorado to celebrate the legacy of saxophonist Jeff Clayton

Jeff Clayton to Be Honored at Vail
Jeff Clayton

Vail Jazz has just announced the lineup for the annual Vail Jazz Party, which takes place over Labor Day weekend (Sept. 2-5). The event, now in its 28th year, will be a celebration of the legacy of Jeff Clayton, who was a vital part of Vail Jazz for many years. The Vail Jazz Orchestra Celebrates Jeff Clayton big band will feature music that was composed and/or performed by the late saxophonist.

This year’s event features a house band comprising John Clayton, Dick Oatts, Terell Stafford, Wycliffe Gordon, Bill Cunliffe, and Lewis Nash. Among the ensembles also performing that weekend are the Cyrille Aimée Trio; Cyrus Chestnut Trio with Stacey Dillard; Jeff Hamilton Trio; Vail Jazz Alumni Sextet featuring Isaiah Thompson, David Wong, Patrick Bartley, Ryan Porter, Anthony Hervey, and Christian McGhee; and many others. Soloists include Ken Peplowski, Niki Haris, Sean Jones, Adrian Cunningham, and more. For further information about the Jazz Party, go here.