The Telluride Jazz Celebration has finalized its lineup for this summer's festival. The roster is as impressive as it is diverse. There are jazz legends and up-and-coming newcomers, traditional styles and new experimental grooves. Telluride's most intimate festival takes place in Town Park by day and moves to up to six venues throughout town by night- all night! Arguably the most scenic place for a festival anywhere in the world, Telluride Jazz combines the best in Jazz with the hottest young bands in the country! At Telluride Jazz, there is something for everyone.

The festival, which runs August 5 - 7 in Telluride's town park during the day and in the clubs and historic saloons after dark, brings to the stage Grammy winner Ron Carter as the "Guest of Honor" for this year's event. With more than 2,500 albums to his credit, Carter may be the most recorded musician today. Premier bassist, composer, arranger, educator, author and GRAMMY winner, Carter is living proof that integrity and artistic vision are alive and well in Jazz and the world today.

Guitar lovers also get a special treat with John Scofield, Bill Connors, and Romero Lubambo. Scofield who has always been a vanguard, whether exploring fusion with Miles Davis, ripping bebop in a quartet, or getting his groove on with his Uberjam band or Medeski Martin and Wood, is back with more straight ahead jazz with his Trio, which happens to features yet another world-renowned bassist, Steve Swallow, playing electric. Connors is best known as the original guitarist with Chick Corea's Return to Forever. Lubambo is clearly one of the most highly respected and admired Brazilian guitarists today.

Keeping in step with the past few festivals, Jazz this year has an excellent representation from the groovy jazz fusion (or even funk) scene. Garage A Trois. This All-Star quartet builds upon the particular genius of each of its members to create an experimental and demented jazz-funk-fusion. Charlie Hunter's unique, fluid eight string guitar/bass playing and Skerik's wildly extroverted saxophone are driven home by Stanton Moore's (Galactic) drumming and Mike Dillon's 'rock the house' vibraphones. This group may well be the most out front band in the land, and to satisfy and hold the crowd that is sure to pull into town just for them. Late night sets also feature cutting edge jazz groove fusion with the Benevento/Russo Duo and the Adam Deitch Project.

The Duo, returning for their fourth festival in a row doing late night shows, has also taken the jam scene by storm, blowing away audiences across the country. Their unbelievable blend of just drums and organ creates hypnotic rhythms, intense, intricate monster lines exploring time signatures that somehow groove but make you dizzy if you try to count them. Deitch is a lifelong drummer and producer who has worked with The John Scofield Band, Soulive and many of the countries best cutting edge hip-hop artists. He brings the far edge elements of jazz to the festival, including ambient groove, electronica, hip-hop, and fusion funk.

Also becoming a tradition for the Jazz Celebration is a rockin' act, and this year the spot will be held by one of the most legendary songwriters in rock and roll history, Dave Mason and his band. A founding member of Traffic, Mason over the past 30 years has played with the Rolling Stones, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Jimi Hendrix and was a member of Fleetwood Mac. Tunes like "Mr. Fantasy," "All Along the Watchtower," "Feelin' Alright," "We Just Disagree" may just ring a bell.

Over the weekend there will be free shows, panel discussions workshops with several of the artists. Yes, lots happening for everyone and a number of different levels of participation at which to enjoy the festival. For a complete schedule, detailed artist information and on-line ticket sales, visit or call 970-728-7009 for more info.

29th Telluride Jazz Celebration Line-Up:

Ron Carter, Guest of Honor
Garage a Trois
John Scofield Trio
Dave Holland Quintet
Benevento/Russo Duo
Horizon with Bobby Watson
Adam Deitch Project w/ James Hurt
Skerik and Mike Dillon Duo
Lizz Wright
Bill Connors Quartet
Romero Lubambo & Pamela Driggs Duo
The Telluride Jazz Session Late Night Jam
County Road X
Conjunto Colores
Queen City Jazz Band

[Published on: 7/24/05]

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