Raul Midon, Karrin Allyson kick off JAS Cafe this week | AspenTimes.com

Raul Midon, Karrin Allyson kick off JAS Cafe this week

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A double bill featuring guitarist Raul Midon and pianist Karrin Allyson will start off the summer for JAS Cafe Downstairs @ the Nell.

The series, presented by Jazz Aspen Snowmass, starts with the performance on June 26 and continues through August, with all performances at 7 and 9:30 p.m. at the Little Nell.

On June 28 and 29, Irish-born and New Orleans-bred pianist and vocalist Jon Cleary returns to the Nell with his Crescent City soul, funk, jazz and R&B.

The following week includes performances from the Jeff Hamilton Trio on July 3 and Wil Campa Y su Gran Union on July 5. Hamilton is a master drummer who has performed with Monty Alexander, Ray Brown and Diana Krall, among others. He will appear at the cafe with his trio including Tamir Hendleman and Christoph Lutty. The 12-piece Cuban band Wil Campa Y su Gran Union mixes classic Cuban salsa and “son” with Afro-Cuban jazz, tight horns, vocal harmonies and more-than-occasional synchronized dance steps.

Series passes, which include one ticket to any four shows, are available for $100. Individual show tickets are $35. Tickets are available at 866-527-8499 or http://www.jazzaspen snowmass.org.

Other performances include:

July 18 and 19 — Tony DeSare

Aug. 7 — Vieux Farka Toure

Aug. 9 and 10 — Nicole Henry

Aug. 17 and 18 — Roberta Gambarini

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