History of the Telluride Jazz Celebration.

Since 1977 Telluride’s majestic perch – high in the spectacular San Juan Mountains in Southwestern Colorado — has been the site of an annual cultural event produced by the Telluride Society for Jazz combining the finest of nature and art that ranks among the world’s most memorable music festivals. The intimate format and abundant opportunities to enjoy spectacular alpine recreational activities complement the superb music presented each year at the Telluride Jazz Festival (TJF). Combining performances on outdoor stages during the day with theater and club shows at night, the TJF offers the best of both worlds.

A Little Review

This event is in fact, a “Celebration” of the art, soul, history, and future of an all-American art form. We take immense pride in honoring jazz music’s finest artists, and strive to nurture the new voices of today. This year, Telluride continues its highly acclaimed format, making it one of the only places you can enjoy international artists in the intimacy of multiple indoor and outdoor venues. Jazz aficionados world-wide are hip to this unique festival where musicians perform and mingle with all who come to celebrate the music: from high-altitude high-attitude daytime shows surrounded by the magnificent peaks of the San Juan mountains, to the after-dark crawl through Main Street Victorian saloons and concert halls. This Celebration remains tops in jazz, intimacy, and ambiance.

A Lot of History

The Telluride Society for Jazz is dedicated to the preservation, appreciation and artistry of the “Great American Art” called Jazz. Since 1977, this event has consistently earned national and international attention for featuring the best in classic/mainstream, blues, and international jazz. It spotlights some of the finest internationally accomplished artists, along with exciting new talent, in a remarkable setting that brings jazz lovers to Telluride from all over the world. Performances are staged outdoors in the daytime and in intimate clubs and historic concert halls by night. We attempt to bring together, not just people who love jazz, but those who cherish the glorious outdoor scenery and the mountain adventures available in Telluride.

 

Take a Closer Look

Our festival is in fact, a “Celebration” of the art, soul, history, and future of Jazz. We take immense pride in honoring jazz music’s finest artists, and strive to to create a platform year round for the discovery of the new voices of today. 

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