Vail Jazz welcomes new programming path for 2023 festival

John Clayton, director of the Vail Jazz Workshop, will presume the purpose of interim artistic director.
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Vail Jazz is delighted to announce the 29th Annual Vail Jazz Pageant will return to Vail July 11 by Sept. 4, 2023, below the inventive way of John Clayton with the guidance of Drew Zaremba. Vail Jazz is poised to prosper in 2023 with renowned artistic and academic leadership, and a solid determination to carry on the legacies of the late Howard Stone, Tony Gulizia, and Jeff Clayton.

Efficient immediately, John Clayton will believe the position of Interim inventive director, bringing nationally acclaimed musical amusement to the 29th Annual Vail Jazz Festival and Vail Jazz Bash, when continuing to direct the Vail Jazz Workshop. Annual Competition programming will proceed underneath Clayton’s direction, although he can help guide Vail Jazz in securing a very long-term successor to this part.

Clayton has directed the Vail Jazz Workshop because its inception in 1996. He stays a key inventive and academic force for a lot more than 300 workshop graduates and extends his devotion to songs education instructing at the College of Southern California’s Thornton School of Audio. The Grammy winner, who is also an eight-time Grammy nominee, serves as president of the Intercontinental Bassists Modern society and creative director of the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, Sarasota Jazz Pageant and Centrum Jazz Workshop.



“John has been the bedrock of our workshop system, persistently elevating and expanding our curriculum fostering the upcoming generation of artists,” mentioned Amanda Blevins, the executive director of Vail Jazz. “We are honored to have him embrace this job with a celebrated artistic roster that will go on to demonstrate the infinite development of the jazz artwork variety.”

Powerful promptly, Colorado musician Drew Zaremba will sign up for the staff supporting Clayton and his artistic vision as the new regional creative director. Zaremba is an attained recording artist, arranger, composer, audio educator, and recurrent Vail Jazz Pageant performer. He is also the artistic director of the Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra and college member of the award-successful UNC jazz studies section instructing jazz composition.

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“Drew is passionate and talented, and I say this acquiring firsthand expertise, as he is a previous university student of mine,” reported John Clayton. “I’m energized about the classic still youthful approach he will carry to Vail Jazz neighborhood programming.”

For extra facts about the Vail Jazz Foundation and Festival, make sure you take a look at VailJazz.org or get hold of Jamie Cox ([email protected]).

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