July 22, 2005
Snowbird, Utah - The 2005 Snowbird Jazz & Blues Festival brings the extraordinary combination of jazz, blues and the great outdoors together July 29-30. The 18th annual celebration of fine music at Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort features a night dedicated to jazz with Gary Burton Friday, July 29, and showcases blues legend Buddy Guy Saturday, July 30.
"This summer's festival promises to be very exciting as two multiple Grammy Award-winning artists are slated to perform," said Snowbird Entertainment and Special Events Director John Collins. "It is the perfect opportunity for people to enjoy great music in a beautiful mountain setting."
Headlined by Gary Burton's Generations, the Friday night of premium jazz kicks off at 7 p.m. Burton, a five-time Grammy winner, is known for his approach to the vibraphone and his mastery of simultaneous four-mallet playing. Gary Burton's Generations, comprised of guitarist Julian Lage, pianist Vadim Neselovskyi, bassist Luques Curtis and drummer James Williams, uses expert musicianship and complex composition to create enthralling instrumentals.
Performances by Ernestine Anderson and Kathy Kosins with a local backup band round out the jazz acts Friday night.
Five-time Grammy winner Buddy Guy anchors the blues portion of the festival, which begins Saturday at 6 p.m. A Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Buddy Guy is a superb all-around electric bluesman - a soulful singer, an inventive guitarist and an unrivaled showman. The blues legend has sold over two million albums and won 19 W.C. Handy Awards for Blues Entertainer of the Year during his 45-year career.
Joining Buddy Guy for the Saturday blues night are Alvin Youngblood Hart's Muscle Theory, Bad News Blues Band and Legendary Porch Pounders.
General admission tickets are $30/night for adults, $12/night for children 2-12 and priority seating is $45/night. Tickets for the festival are available through Snowbird by calling (801) 933-2200. For Jazz & Blues Festival lodging packages that include a room at a Snowbird property, concert tickets, breakfast and a Tram ride, call (800) 453-3000.
The Snowbird Jazz & Blues Festival takes place at Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort, located 29 miles from Salt Lake City International Airport in scenic Little Cottonwood Canyon. Take Little Cottonwood Canyon Road to Snowbird Entry 2, park and ride the shuttle to the Snowbird Center. The concerts are in the Snowbird Event Center tent and no coolers are allowed. The festival also features Cajun food, cold drinks and Rhythm Street Market vendors selling unique crafts from the Intermountain area.