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Estes Park Jazz Festival May 19 Through 20th

Take in the beauty of Estes Park, the art in numerous galleries and listen to the sounds of jazz. Estes Park’s free 22nd annual Jazz Fest/Art Walk weekend kicks of the season in style Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20.

What better way to open the summer season in Estes Park than with jazz playing amidst the beautiful rock backdrop of Performance Park outdoor amphitheater?

The Festival has grown from its humble beginnings over two decades, into a two-day event, featuring the finest national and regional jazz artists. This year is no different. The festival features stellar line-ups of performers presenting music with New Orleans roots to thriving and diverse present day sounds.

Eight jazz groups are presented over two days and the festival features two headliner acts- one each day on Saturday and for Sunday. Saturday’s headliner will be legendary jazz drummer Louis Hayes, with his New York Quartet performing at 2:30 p.m. on May 19. Sunday’s headliner, New York City’s Dave Valentin, one of the most innovative and exciting jazz flute players in the world, takes the stage with his group on May 20 at 2:40 p.m.

The jazz continues at night when there will be a performance of the Max Wagner Trio on Saturday night May 19 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in downtown Estes Park at Mama Rose’s Italian Restaurant.

The full lineup for the Festival is:

 Saturday, May 19

Noon to 12:45 p.m. Estes Park Jazz Big Band with swingin’ big band sounds

1:05 to 2:10 p.m. The Gulizia Brothers Group featuring Joey Gulizia of Mannheim Steamroller and L.A tenor saxophonist Roger Neumann performing straight ahead jazz, Latin Jazz and jazz vocals.

2:30 to 3:40 p.m. Saturday’s festival headliner Louis Hayes and his New York Quartet playing straight ahead post-bop modern jazz.

4 to 5 p.m. The Rocky Mountain Trio with Jazz pianist Jeff Jenkins and featuring vocalist Terri Jo performing jazz standards and vocals.

6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The Max Wagner Trio downtown at Mama Rose’s Italian Restaurant

Sunday, May 20

Noon to 1 p.m. The Elko Nevada High School Jazz Big Band with special guests saxophonist Eric Marienthal and Karen Greene

1:20-2:20 p.m. The Nelson Rangell Group playing contemporary jazz

2:40-3:40 Sunday’s Festival Headliner – Kevin Mahogany World-renowned Jazz vocalist

4 – 5 p.m. The Max Wagner Quartet with modern mainstream jazz and jazz vocals.

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