Allen, Vaché play Roaring Fork Jazz Party
Jazz aficionados anticipate the annual Roaring Fork Jazz Party each fall like color lovers look forward to the changing leaves. This year’s party is today at the Silvertree Hotel in Snowmass Village.Longtime valley jazzman Walt Smith brings a stellar cast to the party, including Harry Allen and Warren Vaché. Smith is also joined by vocalist Kathy Morrow, Clark Gault on trombone, Ed Stevens on guitar, Mark Gray on bass and Bert Dahlander on drums.Tenor sax master Harry Allen, who plays in the style of Stan Getz, has been called a throwback to an earlier and much-loved era of jazz. He has played all over the world at jazz festivals and clubs, performing with Rosemary Clooney, Ray Brown, Hank Jones, John and Bucky Pizzarelli, and others. He’s also recorded with Tony Bennett, Johnny Mandel, James Taylor and Sheryl Crow.At 35, Allen already has a full career under his belt, with more than 20 recordings to his name. Three of his CDs have won Gold Disk awards from Japan’s Swing Journal magazine.Allen was born in Washington, D.C., in 1966 and raised in Los Angeles and Burrillville, R.I. He has a bachelor of arts degree from Rutgers University in New Jersey and lives in New York City. Allen learned his love of jazz from his father, Maury Allen, who lived for many years in Basalt and brought Harry to the valley to play for jazz lovers. Maury passed away recently, and Harry has dedicated the jazz party to his memory.Vaché has wowed audiences for decades with his high-flying cornet, trumpet and flugelhorn stylings. His musical career has included live performances, recordings, and movie, radio and television appearances. Vaché has performed with such luminaries as Benny Goodman, Rosemary Clooney, Benny Carter, Hank Jones, Gerry Mulligan, Woody Herman and Bobby Short.Vaché has performed at every major jazz venue throughout the world, from the Blue Note to the Newport Jazz Festival, Carnegie Hall to Lincoln Center and the Royal Festival Hall in London. He has recorded more than 35 albums and is a charter member of the Juilliard Program for Jazz Studies.Bill Bennett of Jazz Times said, “Vaché’s muted cornet … was full of provocative ideas, fused together by a bountiful harmonic framework. … He is one of the most expressive muted brass players around.”The jazz party begins at 2 p.m. in the Cabaret Room at the Silvertree Hotel with a jazz session until 4 p.m. Cocktails are at 5:30 p.m., with more music. Dinner is at 7 p.m., followed by dancing until midnight.Cost of the afternoon session, dinner and dancing is $100 per person. The afternoon session is $25, and evening music is $40. Evening music with dinner is $75. For reservations and information, call Connie at 963-3136.
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