Park City Jazz Festival announces this year’s lineup
The Fidelity Investments Park City Jazz Festival has come a long way since its inception a decade ago, when executive director Kris Severson remembers the music celebration featured but one stage.
This August, the three-day celebration of music will include two video screens, a beer garden, an artisan vendor village, two stages and a partnership with Main Street clubs to continue the music after sundown.
"Our festival has gotten to be really well-known over the last few years, simply by being able to pull off really big names in such a small community," Severson reflects. "Agents are calling me now, instead of me calling agents to try to get their artists into our festival It’s been an evolution in progress that’s really going to peak this year."
Friday, Aug. 24 the Park City All-Star Band will perform with contemporary jazz trumpeter Russell Gunn, before the band Tower of Power takes the stage, led by Stephen "Doc" Kupka (a.k.a. the Funky Doctor) and featuring a horn section that has recorded with the likes of Santana, Elton John, Aerosmith and Phish.
The second day of the festival will welcome R&B vocalist India.Arie, winner of two 2003 Grammy Awards and three Grammy nominations this year for her album "Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship," following the funk-meets-jazz group Soulbop, founded by ex-Miles Davis saxophonist Bill Evans.
The Jazz Festival will conclude with Fat Soul, Craig Chaquico, Henry Bulter and hip-hop-meets-jazz trio Medeski, Martin & Wood, featuring jazz guitarist John Scofield.
It’s a dynamic slate of musicians picked to appeal to a diverse audience, says Severson.
"It’s a lot of different folk Medeski, Martin and Wood has an almost cross-over jam-band sound and Scofield is the quintessential jazz guitarist Tower of Power has been around since the 70s and they have an unbelievable brass section with trombones, trumpets and saxes," he says.
Remaining true to its mission to educate the community, the festival will again include Festival Education Day, inviting the public to sign up for a live tutorial with participating musicians at Ecker Hill International Middle School. Attendees are welcome to bring their instruments to Saturday morning workshops and will receive a free ticket to the festival for their participation.
"Jazz music is really an aural tradition, passed down from person to person as much as it’s learned in school," Severson said. "[Education Day] is really one of the core features of our festival we get musicians performing to stay around to do hands-on clinics It’s really as cool as anything to see these musicians talk about the magic they make on stage."
The 10th anniversary of the festival marks the anniversary and final year of Fidelity’s "great partnership" with the Park City Jazz Foundation’s festival, says Severson. Tickets for the festival go on sale this Friday, May 4.
The schedule for the festival is as follows:
Friday, Aug. 24:
4:30 p.m. — Corey Christiansen, 2nd Stage
5:30 p.m. — David Sandborn, Fidelity Stage
7 p.m. — Park City All-Star Band with Russell Gunn, 2nd Stage
8 p.m. — Tower Power, Fidelity Stage
Saturday, Aug. 25:
2:30 p.m. — Take 5, 2nd Stage
4:45 p.m. Soulbop, Fidelity Stage
6:30 p.m. — Crescent Super Band with Eric Marienthal, 2nd Stage
7:30 p.m. — India.Arie, Fidelity Stage
Sunday, Aug. 26:
2 p.m. — Fat Soul, 2nd Stage
2:45 p.m. — Craig Chaquico, Fidelity Stage
4:15 p.m. — Henry Butler, 2nd Stage
5 p.m. — Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood Fidelity Stage
VIP packages and tickets can be purchased by calling Julie Hooker at 94-1362 or e-mailing email@example.com .
The Park City Jazz Foundation plans to post a sign-up sheet and schedule for the Festival Education Day shortly on its Web site at http://www.parkcityjazz.com .
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