Jazz lineup is set
The upcoming Jazz Aspen Snowmass’ June Festival will survey the vast terrain of roots-style music. Acts will range from soul band Earth, Wind & Fire to rocker John Hiatt to Directions in Music, a tribute to two jazz titans featuring keyboardist Herbie Hancock. Jazz Aspen announced most of the lineup for the four-day festival, set for June 20-23 at the Two Creeks area in Snowmass Village.Opening the main-stage program for the 12th annual June Festival, on June 21, will be Earth, Wind & Fire, a soul-funk powerhouse led by founding vocalist Philip Bailey. Opening will be Texas-born conguera Poncho Sanchez, renowned for his high-powered fusion of Latin rhythms and jazz styles. Performing on the Janus Music Stage will be the duo of pianist Henry Butler and guitarist Corey Harris.The program for June 22 features tributes to three groundbreaking jazz giants. The evening opens with A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, by the Count Basie Orchestra and vocalist Patti Austin. Closing the show is Directions in Jazz, a tribute to the music of saxophonist John Coltrane and trumpeter Miles Davis. Directions in Music includes pianist Herbie Hancock, saxophonist Michael Brecker, and trumpeter Roy Hargrove. Closing the June Festival is a triple bill of New Orleans piano icon Dr. John, blues singer-guitarist Robert Cray, and rock singer-songwriter John Hiatt. Still to be announced are the artists and location of the festival’s opening night performance. The opening night concert will be held away from the main festival grounds.Jazz Aspen also announced that performers/instructors at the JAS Academy Summer Sessions will include program director and bassist Christian McBride, guitarist Russell Malone, pianist Benny Green, and trumpeter Wallace Roney. The JASummerNights Gala, on July 28 at the Hotel Jerome, will feature vocalists Jane Monheit and Allan Harris.And capping Jazz Aspen’s 2002 summer season, with festival-closing sets at the Labor Day Festival on Sept. 2, will be Willie Nelson and Nickel Creek.Tickets for the June Festival will go on sale to JAS Club members Monday, March 25. Tickets, including multiday festival passes, will go on sale to the public April 1. Tickets will be available at the Wheeler Opera House box office, or by calling 1-866-JAS-TIXX (527-8499).
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