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JAS Announces June and Summer JAS Cafe Line-Up


Earth Wind & Fire, Michael McDonald, Tower of Power + More to Perform at the JAS June Experience

June Experience Tickets On-Sale Tues, Feb. 21

JAS Café Summer Series Tickets On-Sale Fri, Feb. 24

Aspen, CO, February 17, 2017 – Jazz Aspen Snowmass is pleased to announce the remainder of their summer season including line-ups for both the JAS June Experience and the JAS Café Summer Series. Taking place once again at the Benedict Music Tent and JAS Café in Aspen, the JAS June Experience will kick-off on Thursday June 22 at JAS Café Upstairs at the Aspen Art Museum, featuring the internationally acclaimed Japanese piano sensation Hiromi in Duets with Colombian harpist Edmar Castenada presented by Prada.  On Friday June 23 JAS hosts a double bill featuring five time Grammy winner Michael McDonald plus the funky New Orleans based pianist and Late Show with Stephen Colbert bandleader, Jon Batiste and Stay Human

On Saturday, June 24 Earth, Wind and Fire will bring their blend of funk, soul, gospel, Blues, jazz, rock and dance music to the Benedict stage for the first time, followed by another double bill on Sunday, June 25 including the timeless sounds of the legendary R ‘n B powerhouse horn driven Tower of Power plus former Rolling Stones backup singer (and JAS Café winter hit) Lisa Fischer and Grand Baton.    All five headlining Artists at JAS June are making their JAS June performance debuts at Benedict.  

Prior to the Friday through Sunday concerts, JAS will once again provide a Free Lawn Party on the grounds featuring two stages with live music, food, drinks and more. “The Free Lawn Party has become a staple for the community,” says Jim Horowitz, JAS President, “with free, vibrant music and a colorful array of booths, the scene has become an integral part of the JAS June Experience.”

The final show at Benedict Music Tent, a collaboration between JAS and the Aspen Music Festival & School will take place on Saturday, July 1st. Billed Ella @ 100: Direct from the Apollo, the show celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the birth of the beloved American jazz and pop singer Ella Fitzgerald. Performers will include the Count Basie Orchestra, alongside three generations of vocalists including Patti Austin (Grammy nominated for her 2002 CD, “For Ella”),  Lizz Wright (JAS performances in 2007 & 2015) and Andra Day (breakout singer of the hit song “Rise” and recently featured on the live Grammy Awards 2017).  Additionally, comedian David Alan Grier, will act as a Co-Master of Ceremonies as attendees take a trip through Ella’s life in song after hit song and classic video imagery.

Tickets for the June Experience go on-sale Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 9am mst. For the June 23-25 shows tickets can be purchased at jazzaspensnowmass.org, 866-JAS-TIXX (527-8499) or at the Belly Up Box Office in Aspen. Tickets for the July 1st performance will be available on the same date through the AMFS box office, aspenmusicfestival.com or 970.925-9042. Patron (VIP) 3-day passes (June 23-25) are available now at jasstore.org.

            JAS Aspen’s summer season starts with a special JAS Café performance upstairs at the Aspen Art Museum on June 22, Hiromi Duet: featuring Edmar Castaneda presented by Prada. This combo of Japanese pianist Hiromi and Columbian born jazz harpist Castaneda, both brilliant and inventive, should make for an exciting start to a packed summer of music. From there the Café continues with 11 more artists performing in three venues: Upstairs at the Aspen Art Museum (AAM) and Downstairs at both the Cooking School of Aspen (CSA) and The Little Nell (TLN).

June 29-30: Jamison Ross – Gifted drummer, composer & bandleader who plays and sings from his drum-set with a smooth tenor equally at home in soul, blues, R&B or jazz. Born into a musical family and steeped in church music, Jamison is a first rate entertainer as well, who knows how to connect with his audience. Winner of the 2012 Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Drum Competition. (TLN).  

July 7-8: Dr. Lonnie Smith – Evolution – NEA 2017 Jazz Master and Hammond B-3 organ living legend celebrates his 75th birthday with the jazz, funk and groove sounds of the “Evolution” band, his newest group, recorded on Blue Note Records in 2016. Doc has recorded 70+ lifetime albums recorded with the giants of jazz, blues & R&B! (CSA)

July 14: Butler Bernstein & the Hot 9 – Horn driven celebration led by virtuoso New Orleans bred pianist-vocalist Henry Butler and retro-trumpeter Steve Bernstein and their rollicking high energy small big band that takes early New Orleans jazz on an amazing trip with both dazzling virtuosity and humor. (AAM)

July 15: Clint Holmes & the H2 Big Band: From Sinatra to Ray Charles – Longtime Vegas mainstay vocalist Clint Holmes, backed by a 15-piece Big Band, in a bluesy, brassy celebration of the great American songbook from Sinatra to Ray Charles.  (AAM)

July 29-30: Ella & Louis: Together Again feat. Byron Stripling & Carmen Bradford – Re-creation of one of the top selling jazz/pop albums in history which brought together Ella Fitzgerald and the legendary trumpeter/vocalist Louis Armstrong. (CSA)

Aug. 10: Cyrille Aimee – Playful and inventive French jazz vocalist, now Brooklyn based, celebrates her roots with her new French band of gypsy musicians. “Astonishingly creative,  brilliant, and fresh …honors tradition without being shackled to the past” Wall Street Journal (AAM)

Aug. 11: Cubanismo – 11-piece Cuban band taking listeners through the classic repertoire of the greatest Cuban rhythms: salsa, son, guajira (the blues) and more, all drenched in jazz sensibility while celebrating the danceable rhythms which has made the Cuban big band sound beloved worldwide. (AAM)

Aug. 12: Take 6 – Ten-time Grammy winners return to the JAS Café to dazzle audiences with their rhythmic wizardry, pioneered using the voice as a virtual band of instruments while drawing material from a wide range of American musical genres. (AAM)

Aug. 18: Eliane Elias: 100 Years of Samba – Multiple Grammy winning Brazilian pianist and vocalist and her band celebrate the intoxicating high energy Brazilian rhythm “samba,” along with Brazilian jazz and bossa nova. Eliane won the 2016 Grammy for Best Latin Jazz performance.(AAM)

Aug. 19: Nnenna Freelon – Singer, composer, producer, arranger and budding actress, known for her “exquisite musicality,” – LA Times, an “impeccably tuned voice and percolating funk based backing band.” – Daily Variety. (AAM)

Aug. 20: Jacob Collier -19-year old British pianist/vocalist and multi-instrumentalist who exploded internationally behind the 2016 release “In My Room,” on which Jacob recorded, played and sang every voice and instrument on the recording.  Now signed to the influential Quincy Jones Music, Collier is an astonishing talent who is dropping jaws around the globe and coast to coast. (AAM)

            “From multiple Grammy winners to legendary icons, across genres from traditional jazz vocals to sizzling rhythms from across the globe, from barrelhouse New Orleans sounds to eye and ear opening collaborations, this may be the strongest and most diverse line-up of world class artists in a single JAS Café season to date,” says JAS President Jim Horowitz.

JAS Café Summer Series tickets will go on-sale Friday, Feb. 24 at 9am mst. Individual show tickets will be available along with a summer series pass that includes $50 off the five shows of your choice. Dinner options will also be available for all early shows at both the Aspen Art Museum and the Cooking School of Aspen. Tickets will be sold at jazzaspensnowmass.org or 970.920.4996.

            On July 21 JAS will hold their summer benefit at the Belly Up in Aspen, raising funds for music education and programming. Guests will enjoy music from The Family Stone, celebrating 50 years of funk and the music Sly and the Family Stone. Tickets for the benefit will go on-sale at a later date.

Rounding out the summer, the 2017 Labor Day Experience line-up announced earlier this year includes Maroon 5, Keith Urban, Daryl Hall and John Oates, The Roots, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Lake Street Dive and St. Paul & The Broken Bones. Tickets for these shows are available now.

For more information on JAS Aspen Snowmass please contact the JAS Office at 920-4996 or visit www.jazzaspensnowmass.org.   


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Press Contact:   Andrea Beard (970) 920-4996 or [email protected]


4th of July Parade Waiver


PARADE STARTING/STAGING: The parade will begin at 11:00am. Parade positioning is “first come, first serve” and line up begins no earlier than 10:00am. There is no entry fee and the parade is open to the public. All 5 lanes of Main Street, from Aspen Street to 2nd Street, will be closed to all traffic & designated for parade staging only. Power is not provided in staging area and remember generators do need gas.

PARADE ROUTE: The parade will start East on Main Street. It will turn South onto Hunter Street, then West onto Cooper Avenue. The parade will continue West on Cooper Avenue to Galena Street. At Galena it heads North for 2 blocks before turning West onto Hopkins Avenue. The parade will continue South on Mill then West on Hyman Avenue. Parade participants will be directed to disperse at Hyman and Monarch Street.  PARADE JUDGING: Parade judging will take place in front of the Hotel Jerome. Participants will be limited to 1 minute or less for any performances in front of the judges. Security will be onsite monitoring all entries to help prevent gaps in the parade route. Recognition will be awarded to the best entries in the following categories: 

Most Patriotic | Most Humorous | Best Animal | Best Music | Most Outrageous | Best Children’s  


  • Consumption of alcohol is prohibited during the parade.
  • Candy, favors, etc. should not be thrown from your float/vehicle during the parade. This is for the safety of the spectators and to prevent children from running out into the street. 
  • Water balloons will not be permitted. According to city ordinances, those caught throwing balloons will be removed from the parade and could face citations and/or arrests. 
  • All parade entries must be in “good taste” and will be allowed in the parade per the director’s discretion. 
  • Maximum height restriction for any float entry is 13’5”.


The undersigned organization has elected to participate in the Fourth of July parade sponsored by the City of Aspen and Aspen Chamber Resort Association (“ACRA”). In consideration for City of Aspen and ACRA allowing the undersigned to participate in the festivities, the undersigned has read, understood, and willingly agreed to the terms of this INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT and WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT (collectively referred to herein as “RELEASE”).


                                    Participants are required to carry insurance adequate to cover any liability for damage, injury, economic loss, or other liability that may be incurred by individuals and/or organizations during the Fourth of July parade. All participants agree to carry such insurance, and also agree not to submit any claim against the insurance of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, or anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade.


                                         The undersigned understands the potential dangers that could be encountered in participating in the Fourth of July parade. The dangers include, among other things, dangers relating to vehicular and pedestrian traffic; crowds of persons in close proximity to such traffic; animals that may react unpredictably in a parade environment; celebration and recreational activities; loud and unexpected noise; items that may be thrown to and from the crowd in connection with the parade; and other dangers traditionally associated with parades.  Understanding those risks, the undersigned for itself and for all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade with the undersigned, does hereby agree to indemnify, hold harmless, and release City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade from any and all liability, claims, demands, actions, or rights of action (including attorneys’ fees and costs) that are related to or are in any way connected with the undersigned’s participation in the parade. By signing this RELEASE, the undersigned intends to extinguish any and all liability and to indemnify against any loss on the part of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade for any injury or damage of any nature (without regard to negligence or fault) to the undersigned and to all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.

                                      The undersigned warrants and represents that it will not invite or allow any person to participate in the parade unless such person is bound to the terms of this RELEASE. To that end, the undersigned agrees that it shall take any steps necessary to secure agreement of such persons to the terms of this RELEASE, and that it shall be deemed a responsible person within the meaning of C.R.S. § 13-22-107 and § 19-1103(94) for all children who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.


   I am the official representative of the undersigned organization. On behalf of the organization, I acknowledge our responsibilities as set forth above. I also accept on behalf of the organization all of the terms and conditions of this



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