Telluride Jazz Festival: Artist Line-Up Announced

With the 2017 ski season now in the rear-view mirror, the summer festival engine is just around the corner, working up a head of steam. Anticipating yet another robust season, the Telluride Jazz Festival reveals its 2017 artist lineup, a gift from the new management, Steve Gumble’s SBG Productions, which also programs Telluride Blues & Brews and the Durango Blues Train. 

Festival tickets are on sale now. Early Bird 3-Day Passes are $145.00 plus fees. The following passes are limited in quantities while supplies last: Early Bird 3-Day, Patron Experience, VIP Experience, Safari Cabanas (1 left), “Jazz After Dark” and 4-Day Camping passes.

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Set  to take place Friday – Sunday, August 4-6, 2017, Telluride Jazz presents a well-rounded, diverse mix of live jazz, funk, soul, and gospel performances featuring Mavis Staples, Macy Gray, Bootsy Collins & World-Wide Funk Drive, Lee Fields & The Expressions, Miles Mosley + The West Coast Get Down, The Suffers, fatsO, Vaud and the Villains, and many more.

A complete list of announced artists is included below.

The year 2017 marks the first year of the 41-year old Telluride Jazz Festival with new producers, SBG Productions, at the helm. Through targeted changes, festival organizers aim to expand on the festival’s historic legacy and elevate the vanguard of the existing event to a new level. A slate of innovative Patron and VIP Experience options have been introduced paving the way for an enhanced level of comfort and customization. The revamped “Jazz After Dark” late-night show format allows ticket-holders more flexibility to attend all of venues on the late night circuit.

“This year is an exciting one for us as we introduce a fresh vibe and energy to the festival through a new variety of music. I’m honored to have Mavis Staples headlining our first year as the new event organizers of the Jazz Festival” said Steve Gumble, Festival Director. “Mavis Staples has a household name that crosses generations of listeners. Even with a career that spans over five decades, she’s still hard at work with new collaborations that keep her name very relevant in the music world today. In that same regard, the latest jazz album from Macy Gray presented the perfect opportunity to bring the contemporary R&B, jazz and soul singer to Telluride. Lastly, Bootsy Collins has the ideal complement of funk and soul to round out the weekend. Many of the artists he’s worked with, such as James Brown and George Clinton, have graced the Town Park stage before and we are eagerly looking forward to his first appearance in Telluride.”

Telluride Town Park is renowned as one of America’s most scenic live music venues. Nestled among the aspen trees and surrounded by 13,000 foot mountain peaks, artists will perform on the new, state-of-the-art Main Stage. In addition, a secondary stage, free of admission, is set to host weekend programming including artist panel discussions, workshops, and student band performances in the center of Telluride.

A complete festival schedule will be announced in the late spring.

2017 Telluride Jazz Festival Artist Lineup:

Mavis Staples
Macy Gray
Bootsy Collins & World-Wide Funk Drive
Lee Fields & The Expressions
Miles Mosley
The Suffers
Vaud and the Villains
Davina and the Vagabonds
Ranky Tanky
Hazel Miller Gospel Band
Cha Wa Mardi Gras Indian Band
Bob Montgomery Quintet
Voodoo Orchestra
Telluride Student All-Stars Jazz Ensemble
Stillwater Foundation All-Stars
Soul Research Foundation
Hooligan Brass Band
The Inevitables
Telluride Jazz Academy Band

About Telluride Jazz Festival:

Located in the legendary outdoor venue in the breathtaking mountain town of Telluride, Colorado, the 41st Telluride Jazz Festival is set to take place August 4-6, 2017. Combining a rich tradition of preserving the American Jazz art form with an unmatched aesthetic experience, SBG Productions brings a new era to the Telluride Jazz Festival, showcasing three days and nights of world class jazz, funk, soul, folk, and gospel, with a goal of community engagement and student education. Unmatched scenery and a musically-charged local culture accompanied by a wide variety of special events including artist workshops, daily winery and distillery tastings, panel discussions, children’s activities, cozy late-night club shows, and much more will round out the weekend celebration. The historical mining town of Telluride sits nestled in a scenic box canyon at 8,750 feet, surrounded by 13,000 foot peaks, and is a prized gem of the Rocky Mountains.

About SBG Productions:

A full-service event and festival production company since 1994, SBG Productions specializes in the unique, multi-faceted live music experiences of the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, Telluride Jazz Festival, and Durango Blues Train.

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