Palm Arts: Telluride Summer Jazz Series, 7/16, 8/14, 9/22

Palm Arts: Telluride Summer Jazz Series, 7/16, 8/14, 9/22

Palm Arts presents the Telluride Summer Jazz Series, “Celebrating the Art of Jazz.” Concerts July 16th, August 14th, and September 22nd. Doors 6:30 p.m.; Showtime, 7:30 p.m., all at “The Bob” inside the Palm complex. Tickets: $15 student; $25 adults ($5 more at the door) here.

Also, Seth Walker returns Sunday, July 25,  for an album release performance at Telluride’s Palm Theatre. Tickets: $15 students; $25 adults ($5 more at the door) here.

Produced by The Wood Brothers’ Jano Rix, ‘Are You Open’ marks Seth Walker’s 10th studio recording, and the music is undoubtedly his most inventive, exploring new sounds and textures as he examines what it means to truly be open, both as an artist and more broadly as a human in today’s increasingly more complicated world.

Seth Walker


Palm Arts’ season kicks off with visionary Costa Rican artists Carisma de Venus, featuring Doctor of Music Arts and saxophonist Josh Quinlan on Tuesday, July 16, 7:30 p.m. 



Carisma de Venus is making its debut in the United States in Telluride at the intimate Bob Saunders Theatre. Josh Quinlan discovered the group while acting as a visiting professor of music arts at the National University of Costa Rica.

“I haven’t had a desire to tour in the US until I started playing with these guys because this music is super unique and special,” says Dr. Quinlan. “The leader is a pianist and singer-songwriter who is composing incredible material, a mix of Spanish lyrics, jazz harmony, and Latin rhythms…with jazz rock and fusion rhythms. For me it is one of the most interesting things I’ve played in for quite some time.”

Tickets for the July 16th Telluride performance are on sale now at


Peter Stoltzman


August brings in pianist and educator Peter Stoltzman and his New Standards Project featuring longtime bandmate Trey Anastasio and collaborator Natalie Cressman.

Stoltzman’s New Standards Project reimagines contemporary pop hits from the past 40 years and features New York-based stars Allison Miller and Natalie Cressman, along with bassist Gonzalo Teppa. Featured are some of the worlds greatest songs by Cindy Lauper, Stevie Wonder, Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, and more, all imaginatively arranged by Stoltzman, who has performed at venues ranging from the Hollywood Bowl to Carnegie Hall, as well as concert halls around the globe. He has also been featured on WNYC, Sirius Satellite Radio, NPR, and CBS Sunday Morning.

“My mission is to be of service to my family, my fans, and my community. Music is my primary vehicle, offering education that empowers and inspires, and performances and recordings that bring joy and transport you out of the stress of daily life. Whether you are here to learn or listen, my intention is for you to leave with something meaningful that impacts your life in a positive way.”

Tickets for the August 14th Telluride performance are on sale now at



The summer series concludes on September 22nd with percussionist Rudy Royston and Flatbed Buggy, featuring saxophonist extraordinaire John Ellis.

Royston, first-call drummer with Bill Frisell, JD Allen, Dave Douglas and a host of other jazz greats, has honed a thoroughly engaging voice as a composer and bandleader. His Flatbed Buggy is rich in tonal contrast and mood, yet steeped in the supple, enduring swing and groove that has driven his writing and playing from the start.

The instrumentation is a striking departure as Royston leads a compact, almost chamber music-like quintet featuring Gary Versace (accordion), John Ellis (bass clarinet/saxophones), Hank Roberts (cello) and Joe Martin (bass).

“I was going for something that was more about melodies,” Royston declares. “I wanted to illustrate a story.”

And indeed the melodies flow with rich harmonies, with subtle orchestration and interplay occurring at every step along the way.

Rudy Royston was raised in Denver, Colorado and began playing drums and percussion as a toddler. While a sophomore in high school, he attended the Telluride Jazz Camp on scholarship, studying a jazz drum set for the first time with Duffy Jackson and Ed Soph. It was then Royston knew he would pursue music the rest of his life.

Tickets for Rudy Royston and Flatbed Buggy’s September 22nd performance are on sale now at

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