Telluride Jazz Celebration Announces Lineup

[click “Play” to listen to Paul Machado’s rap on TJC 2011]



Toshiko Akiyoshi
Toshiko Akiyoshi, 2010

The aural elixir that is the Telluride Jazz Celebration announces its lineup for the 35th anniversary year.

Telluride Jazz Celebration impresario Paul Machado is no purist: in the context of Telluride Jazz, “jazz” rhymes with “good.” “Very good.” The 2011 program features some of the best of the best in classic, mainstream, and progressive jazz, but also blues, cajun, pop, funk, and soul, all performed by artists as wide-ranging as Tower Of Power, Allen Toussaint with Rita Coolidge for the first time ever, and “American Idol” winner (2006),Taylor Hicks.

The 2011 Guest of Honor is Paquito D’Rivera, whose long career is a tribute to his diverse talent: he performs Latin, jazz, classical, funk with equal panache. As Guest of Honor, Paquito gets to jam with other festival artists, among them, Edmar Castaneda. Paquito also plays a special Jazz-After-Dark show with the Alex Brown Quartet.

Dr. Lonnie Smith
Dr. Lonnie Smith, 2010

On the Main Stage of the Telluride Jazz Celebration are jazz greats The Clayton Brothers, The Bad Plus, and harpist Edmar Castaneda; jamband honchos Robert Walter, Adam Deitch and The March Fourth Marching Band; and cajun notables Lisa Haley & The Zydekats. Blues fans get to applaud the guitar playing of Melvin Taylor.

The supergroup for the 2011 Telluride Jazz Celebration is Walter, Roberts & Deitch, a combo which puts the keyboardist from Greyboy Allstars, the guitarist from New Mastersounds and the drummer from Lettuce and Pretty Lights on the same stage. The addition of a horn section should bring an extra element of funk to the super-project. Walter, Roberts & Deitch perform a set in Town Park, as well as a Jazz-After-Dark show at The Sheridan Opera House.

Machado has a knack for spotting and showcasing emerging talent. Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding graced the Main Stage early in her meteoric career. The question on the table is who will be this year’s find?

For all three-day passes holders, there is morning yoga, and a complimentary wine tasting featuring over 20 varietals Friday evening.

Tickets sales are on pace for a sellout this year, so consider purchasing your passes early. Tickets are available at

To learn more, click the “play” button and listen to Paul Machado’s rapturous rap.

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