Telluride Jazz Festival ranks among the world’s most memorable music festivals. Since 1977, Telluride’s majestic perch high in the San Juan Mountains has been the site of an annual event produced by the Telluride Society for Jazz (a Colorado non-profit.org). The intimate format and superb music along with the opportunity for invigorating alpine recreation come together to create a truly unique weekend experience. Performances take place on two outdoor stages during the day and in historic theaters and clubs at night. Free wine and spirit tastings on Friday and Saturday and Sunday’s tribute to New Orleans are back by popular demand. These events set Telluride Jazz apart from any other musical event.
“This was my first time to the Telluride Jazz Festival. I have been to hundreds of music festivals including others in Telluride and have never enjoyed a weekend so immensely. The wine tasting, parade and diverse lineup made it the most unique and intimate festival I’ve ever been to,” said first time attendee Steve Rogers of Aurora, Colorado.
HISTORY 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.
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.
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.