Harry Connick, Jr., Natalie Cole and others to headline Jazz Aspen Snowmass’ 20th Anniversary Festival

According to a recent news release, Jazz Aspen Snowmass will kick off their 20th Anniversary season from June 24-July 3, 2010, with some of the biggest names in jazz, pop and world music. 
Making his first ever JAS appearance jazz pianist/vocalist Harry Connick Jr. and Orchestra have been added to the June Festival lineup appearing at the Benedict Music Tent (pictured at right) on Friday, June 25. 
On Saturday, June 26 at the Benedict Tent JAS will present JAS @ 20!, a special evening of performances in a Grammy-like format of multiple guests artists backed by a crack Big Band.  Directed by JAS Distinguished Artist in Residence Christian McBride, the show will also feature jazz legends Dianne Reeves, Patti Austin, Maceo Parker, Fred Wesley, Terence Blanchard, John Clayton and more.
Pink Martini will perform at the Benedict Music Tent on Sunday, June 27.  The closing night of the JAS 20th June Festival will take place on Saturday, July 3 featuring
Natalie Cole with Big Band and Musicians from the AMFS.  Cole, who had to cancel an appearance with JAS last July due to a kidney transplant last May, is already back on stage feeling “healthy, whole and 100% again.” 
The JAS Academy Summer Sessions, again with Christian McBride, will be in residence June 24-July 3.  JAS’ flagship music education program, the Academy is the nation’s only all-scholarship jazz residency program, uniting the finest young jazz artists with the world’s “jazz legends.”  JAS has contributed $5 million dollars to music education since 1996.
Attendees can obtain tickets by calling (866) 527-8499 or www.jazzaspen.org.  For information on Patron (VIP) tickets, call the JAS office at (970) 920-4996.  Ticket and lodging packages are also available at 800-SNOWMASS or www.snowmasstourism.com.    

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