Lisa Fischer, Cory Henry, Squirrel Nut Zippers among JAS Café winter artists |

Lisa Fischer, Cory Henry, Squirrel Nut Zippers among JAS Café winter artists

Singer Lisa Fischer will play the JAS Cafe at the Cooking School of Aspen on Dec. 29 and 30.
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Jazz Aspen Snowmass will host eight artists this winter for its JAS Cafe series, with concerts at The Little Nell and the Cooking School of Aspen running December through April. Jazz Aspen announced the lineup this week.

The winter series will kick off at the Cooking School with holiday performances Dec. 22 and 23: a “Nat Cole Christmas” tribute featuring San Francisco-based jazz vocalist Jamie Davis with Jazz Aspen founder and president James Horowitz & His Trio performing. The evening concerts will feature Nat King Cole’s Christmas hits, jazz standards and blues.

On Dec. 29 and 30, the series hosts Lisa Fischer and Grand Baton at the Cooking School. A longtime Rolling Stones back-up singer and Grammy winner, Fischer drew newfound attention upon the release of the 2013 Oscar-winning documentary “20 Feet from Stardom.” Her show blends soul, jazz and blues.

On Jan. 13 and 14, the swinging retro big band Squirrel Nut Zippers will be performing at the Nell. The band helped introduce legions of young audiences to classic 1940s-style big band sounds following the release of the hit record “Hot” 20 years ago.

The Brazilian guitar virtuoso Diego Figereido returns to the Cafe on Feb. 3 and 4. Figereido has previously given winter performances with vocalist Cyrille Aimee. He returns to The Little Nell with a new partner, Italian vocalist Chiara Izzi (winner of the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival Outstanding Jazz Vocalist award in 2011).

Legendary Brazilian vocalist and composer Marco Valle and his high-energy band bring their blend of samba and bossa nova with fusions of dance music, soul, jazz and more to the Cooking School venue Feb. 17 and 18.

On March 3 and 4, a new vocalist on the scene, Halie Loren, will perform classic jazz standards and a diverse repertoire of contemporary composers’ songs at the Cooking School.

Over World Cup weekend in Aspen on March 17, the JAS Cafe will present a special “Creole Soul” late-night dance party with Trinidad-born trumpeter Etienne Charles and his eight-piece Calypso band at the Cooking School. The party continues March 18 with the regularly scheduled at 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. shows.

The series wraps up March 31 and April 1 at the Nell with Cory Henry, Grammy Award-winning Hammond B-3 organist and keyboardist for Snarky Puppy, performing with his Revival Band.

Tickets for the series go on sale Nov. 14 at 9 a.m. and can be purchased at 970-920-4996 or at Individual show tickets range from $35 to $65 while a series pass to five shows of your choice is available at a $50 discount. Show times are at 7 and 9:15 p.m. nightly.

The Cooking School of Aspen will be offering a special three-course dinner menu at each of their 7 p.m. performances for a cost of $55 to $65 depending on the date, including all taxes and gratuities. Select items from the Rustique bar menu will be available at all 9:15 p.m. shows. The Little Nell bar menu will be available at all Nell performances and Ajax Tavern will be offering a $37 pre- and post-show three-course dinner for attendees.

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