Guest of Honor

The guest of honor plays a very special role at the Telluride Jazz Festival. Not only is the main stage in Town Park named after them, but they often sit in with several bands throughout the weekend and in turn invite special guests to play with their own band.  2011 attendees might remember last year’s exceptional set where guest of honor Paquito D’Rivera played host to several of the world’s best up and coming musicians. Telluride Jazz Festival patrons and sponsors are invited to meet the guest of honor at a special party on the Thursday before the music begins.

2011 Paquito D’Rivera
2010 Toshiko Akyoshi
2009 Bill Frisell
2008  Les McCann
2007 John Scofield
2006 Flora Purim & Airto Moreira
2005 Ron Carter
2004 Larry Coryell
2003 Cedar Walton
2002 John Hendricks
2001 Ray Brown Trio
2000 Herbie Mann
1999  Stanley Turrentine
1998 James Moody