September 7th, 8th, & 9th 2018
The Colorado Jazz Musicians Festival features many of the extraordinarily fine, often under-recognized, exclusively Colorado-based jazz vocalists and instrumentalists. The inaugural Festival will be held in Crested Butte on September 7th, 8th and 9th this year.
Colorado is home to hundreds of the highest quality jazz musicians and high school and university based educational institutions in the nation. Jazz musicians from around the world are increasingly aware of this, although jazz aficionados and the general public are not. It is for this reason that we created the Colorado Jazz Musicians Festival to showcase Colorado’s fine jazz musicians and their work.
Crested Butte is a beautiful recreation based mountain community with a great many amenities. Throughout the year it offers a wide range of sports, most notably skiing, snowboarding, golf, mountain biking, and hiking. It also offers a broad array of educational and cultural offerings and was recently recognized as a “Colorado Creative District.” Music has always been an important part of the town. Now we are adding a unique, three-day jazz festival: The Colorado Jazz Musicians Festival.
Mid-September, when most of the summer crowds have diminished, is the month many locals consider the single best time of the year. The days are warm and the nights are cool. The air is crisp, the streams are crystal clear, the sky is ultra-blue, and the aspen leaves are beginning to turn to gold. In this setting, jazz musicians will be jamming!
So, no matter what: come and enjoy this one-of-a-kind jazz festival in this welcoming and unique mountain town!
The town of Crested Butte is fondly referred to as ‘The Gateway to the Elk Mountains. It sits at an elevation of 8,885 feet and is located 28 miles north of the City of Gunnison. Crested Butte and the surrounding area was originally the summer home to the Ute Indians, and became a thriving hard rock and coal mining town before it became a world-class destination tourist town and recreation community.