Swing in the New Year: Jeff Solon Trio at The Peaks

Swing in the New Year: Jeff Solon Trio at The Peaks

 kicker: Great Room alive once again with the sound of music. Palmyra deck too.

For years, The Peaks was a showcase for Telluride, even regional talent, its Great Room a great place to listen to great music and socialize with friends. Then for awhile the music stopped. And the crowds that gathered in support and appreciation stopped coming. But they are returning now in droves to a vastly new and improved Peaks, with a management team eager to support the cultural life in Telluride and Mountain Village.

Case in point: Monday, December 20, the Telluride Choral Society performed a program of traditional carols and holiday songs for the family. The Choral Society was followed by Richard Tavener's Lodges Lane Live doing smooth jazz and Mike Pale on acoustic guitar playing popular favorites. New Year's Eve day, DJ Ryan spins on The Palmyra Deck, 2:30 – 6 p.m., where he has been appeared on and off in late December. New Year's Eve the Jeff Solon Trio entertains.

Solon is a self-taught musician, who plays saxophone, clarinet, flute, harmonica, and piano. He is also a composer, arranger, teacher and bandleader, who has been immersed in the jazz tradition for about 30 years.

Solon began his professional musical adventure as a street performer, playing his way through Central and South America in the 1980s. Since 1985, he has continually performed throughout the Southwest with his duets, groups, even an eight-piece swing band.

Solon has led three tours for the U.S. Embassy in Latin America, produced and released 14 recordings, and teaches jazz studies at Fort Lewis College.

For a preview of  the music segment of New Year's Eve at The Peaks, watch the vidcast.

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