Telluride audiences first met folk and indie rock star Jenny Lewis when she performed last year with Elvis Costello at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Her encore performance is Thursday, August 12, 8:30 p.m. at the historic Sheridan Opera House. ...

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Kate at Arts Fest The history of The Telluride Council for the Arts & Humanities is the modern history of our town, from the tie-dyed days of hippies and falling down shacks to robust resort packed with ski bums, entrepreneurs, and ex-CEOs, living in hot-and-cold running condos and restored Victorians.

In 1971, Telluride was emerging as a ski resort and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, the Telluride Chamber Music Festival and the Telluride Film Festival were small events about to happen in a small rinky dink town filled with Fibroids. These people who loved to make quilts and knit pretty things had plenty of time on their hands, but not much money in their patched pockets.
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Raul 4 Telluride Jazz Celebration impresario Paul Machado is a champion of diversity. The line-up for the 2010 musical happening, More Than Jazz, may be his most imaginative and wide-ranging to date, moving across the cultural spectrum from Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks to Chuchito Valdez. The Guest of Honor is the 80-yer-old legend, bebop piano/bandleader/arranger Toshiko Akiyoshi, but the 30-year-old pianist Hiromi performs with Stanley Clarke. Another relative youngster in this crowd is also a rising star, singer-songwriter-guitarist Raul Midon.

Midon is on the Telluride Jazz Celebration schedule Friday night at The Nugget, Saturday afternoon on the Toshiko Akiyoshi Town Park Stage and Sunday for a late show at The Nugget again.

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Trevor1 Causes for celebration are few and far between these days, but Telluride has two great reasons to raise a glass.

Reason #1: The 34th annual Telluride Jazz Celebration.

The Telluride Jazz Celebration is a long weekend dedicated to celebrating the only indigenous American musical form to have exerted an influence on musical development throughout the Western world. The event takes place August 5 – August 8 in Town Park and venues throughout town.

Reason #2: Trevor Tice. (And the Telluride Jazz Celebration)

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Media02sm Double the pleasure. Double the fun.

This year, Telluride Jazz Celebration impresario/ Festival director Paul Machado welcomes two great female jazz vocalists to the Toshiko Akiyoshi Town Park Stage. Jackie Ryan performs Saturday night at the Nugget Theatre and again on Sunday in Town Park. And Dianne Reeves is the closing act on opening day, Friday, August 5: a good choice because Reeves has the star power and hardware (four Grammys, including the soundtrack for George Clooney's "Good Night and Good Luck") to deliver a very grand finale.

Ted Hoff of Cottonwood Ranch and Kennel has emphasized often how puppy training should start at a fairly young age. But what about that pup who somehow got to be a year old, and a lot set in his ways?This video...

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Coryell Six years ago guitar legend Larry Coryell was honored at the 28th annual Telluride Jazz Celebration, where he performed with drummer Lenny White and bassist Mark Egan. Coryell returns to the 34th annual Telluride Jazz Celebration, August 5 – August 8, to time to honor a friend, former Telluride Jazz Celebration board member Chris Bou, who died in May 2009.

To tribute Bou, Coryell returns with Egan, changing the recipe on his aural elixir just a little bit with two special guests, Paul Wertico replacing White on drums, and saxophonist Karl Denson. The quartet is scheduled to perform Sunday, August 8, 3:40 – 4:50 p.m. on the Toshiko Akiyoshi Town Park Stage.

"Larry has style, awesome technique, a sharp wit and big charisma," said Telluride Jazz Celebration impresario Paul Machado of his friend and supporter.