[click "Play", Jackie talks to Susan]

[click "Play" to hear Jackie Ryan's "Doozy"]

JackieWhiteBlouse-Doozy2thm The sun will shine on the 34th annual Telluride Jazz Celebration – at least when vocalist Jackie Ryan steps onstage.

Jackie Ryan is widely regarded in inner circles of buffs and critics as one of the premier jazz singers out of North America, but one the general public is not well aware of. This despite reviews peppered with superlatives touting her "extravagant" range, both emotional and stylistic, her "sweeping vocal powers" laced with passion, her "savvy" vocalizing, her "magnetic" stage presence.
[click "Play" to listen to Toshiko Akiyoshi's conversation with Susan]

Akiyoshi The 34th annual Telluride Jazz Celebration welcomes Guest of Honor, award-winnning (Downbeat polls, Grammy nominations, etc.) arranger-pianist-bandleader Toshiko Akiyoshi.

Manchurian born Akiyoshi began her piano training at  the age of seven. Her career as a jazz pianist was launched in Japan in 1946. Be-bop pianist Akiyoshi made her first U.S. appearance over 50 years ago: in 1956 she appeared at the Newport Jazz Festival before touring top jazz clubs across the country.
[click "Play" to hear Matt Downer's conversation with Susan]

Reading+Lamp+1+(email) Furniture designer Matt Downer lives and works in the Telluride region. At his shop in Rico, he repurposes fine wood into quietly elegant functional art. Last year, one of his benches was featured in the Ah Haa School for the Arts. This year, Matt worked his alchemy to create a fabulous floor lamp for the silent auction. The Paige Lamp, named for his brand new baby daughter, is 50" tall and long, made of Shedua and steel with multiple counterbalance options. The light source is LEDs for max efficiency.

The Paige Lamp is one of hundreds of items donated to the Ah Haa School by regional artists intent on supporting Telluride's community art center, which offers courses throughout the year.  for young people and adults.

Vital information about Ah Haa's 18th annual auction, themed ARTopia, is as follows:
[click "Play"; the Legendary Ladies speak with Susan]

GroupThe 6th season of the Telluride Historical Museum's popular (and FREE) Fireside Chats opens Thursday, July 15, 5:30 p.m. Mountain Village fire pit at the base of the Gondola with "The Legendary Ladies". (Head to The Peaks if it rains.)

" The Legendary Ladies," aka "The Shady Ladies," is an award-winning, non-profit educational performance organization in its 18th year. Its mission: to promote the history of women in the Victorian West  – and get to dress up in great threads. The Ladies' claim to fame is sharing often forgotten stories of unconventional women like themselves who made their mark on the American West.

[click "Play" to hear Lauren Metzger's conversation with Ally Crilly] by Lauren MetzgerMarketing & Exhibition ManagerAh Haa School for the Arts Ally Crilly has made a splash with her dynamic and energy-filled Elephants over the past year in Telluride....