Harry Connick, Jr. will be but one of the big names in jazz, pop and world music to perform when Jazz Aspen Snowmass celebrates its 20th anniversary season from June 24 to July 3. Connick and his orchestra will no doubt be playing selections from the singer/pianist’s latest release, Your Songs, when they appear at the Benedict Music Tent on Friday, June 25.
On Saturday, June 26, Jazz Aspen Snowmass will present “JAS @ 20!” which will feature a big band backing a number of artists. Directed by JAS Distinguished Artist in Residence Christian McBride, the show will also feature Dianne Reeves, Patti Austin, Maceo Parker, Fred Wesley, Terence Blanchard, John Clayton and more.
The 12-member group Pink Martini will perform at the Benedict Music Tent on Sunday, June 27. Says bandleader/pianist Thomas Lauderdale, “At one moment you feel like you’re in the middle of a samba parade in Rio de Janeiro, and in the next moment, you’re in a French music hall of the 1930s or a palazzo in Napoli. It’s a bit like an urban musical travelogue.”
The closing night of the festival will take place on Saturday, July 3, and will feature Natalie Cole, who had to cancel an appearance with JAS last July due to a kidney transplant.
For more information — including a full slate of what’s happening at this year’s Jazz Aspen Snowmass — or to order tickets, go to www.jazzaspen.org. Tickets are also available at 866-527-8499.