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Bennett, Cocker slated for Jazz Aspen’s June Festival

Aspen Times Staff Report

Jazz Aspen Snowmass has announced that vocalist Tony Bennett and rock singer Joe Cocker will be among the headliners for its upcoming June Festival.

The nonprofit organization also announced its new winter jazz concert series, which will open in February.

Bennett, a longtime star of American popular music, experienced an unexpected career resurgence some 10 years ago, after performing with the hard-rock group the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Bennett’s high profile has continued through a series of recordings, most recently “A Wonderful World,” an acclaimed tribute to Louis Armstrong recorded with k.d. Lang.

The British-born Cocker gained attention in the late ?60s with powerhouse, bluesy versions of such songs as “With a Little Help From My Friends” and “Feelin’ Alright.”

In the early ?70s, he led the Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour, considered a highlight of rock ?n? roll road work. A resident of Colorado’s Western Slope for several years, Cocker made a memorable Jazz Aspen debut at the 2000 Labor Day Festival. He will close the June Festival on June 22.

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Jazz Aspen’s June Festival, June 19-22, will be relocated from its usual Snowmass Village location to Aspen’s Rio Grande Park. Additional headliners and opening acts have yet to be determined.

Jazz Aspen is offering a Blind Faith pass for its summer festival season for $200. The pass includes reserved seats to all of the June Festival concerts, and general admission seating to the Labor Day Festival, set for Aug. 29 through Sept. 1 in Snowmass Village.

Also, Jazz Aspen will introduce its new winter jazz concert series. The series opens Feb. 15 with a performance by New York singer-guitarist John Pizzarelli and his trio at the Aspen Music Festival’s Harris Hall.

Also set to appear at Harris Hall this winter is Grammy-winning vocalist Dianne Reeves.

Jazz Aspen will also present an expanded JAS After Dark program of concerts at Aspen’s Colony Restaurant and Piano Bar.

The David Bassy Quintet continues its engagement at the Colony with performances tonight and tomorrow. The series continues with a Tribute to Fats Waller, featuring pianist Judy Carmichael, Jan. 23-25.

Singer and pianist Dena DaRose and her trio perform Feb. 20-22. Singer Angela Hagenbach is at the Colony Feb. 28 through March 1. The Mitchell Long Quartet performs a Brazilian jazz “Carnivale” March 6-8. The series concludes with singer Allan Harris, accompanied by the James Horowitz Trio.

Tickets for the Harris Hall concerts will go on sale at the Wheeler Opera House box office Jan. 10.

For further information, call Jazz Aspen at 920-4996.