Relax in the beautiful backdrop of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, as stars from Smooth Jazz, Fusion and Mainstream Jazz, delight your senses. Known for its scenic splendor, internationally renowned talent and diverse wine selection, Genuine Jazz & Wine delivers a one of a kind, fan-based experience that attendees talk about throughout the year. All ticketed performances with national acts are held in the beautiful and intimate ballroom…there is never a rain out. In addition to amazing live jazz music, sample some of the country’s best wines.
The 32nd annual Genuine Jazz & Wine event on August 19-21 at Copper Mountain Resort will feature internationally renowned talent including Norman Brown, Richard Elliot, Rick Braun, Marion Meadows, Generation NeXt and Tizer featuring Chieli Minucci.
In addition to the performers, Genuine Jazz host, Al Your Pal brings his compelling personality and talent for connecting fans to the music. One of the most sought-after DJs on the music circuit, he has delivered high energy party tunes to Playboy Jazz and all the major jazz cruise ships.
Grammy Award winner Norman Brown, performing on Saturday at 4:30 p.m., is on close intimate terms with his audience. For almost two decades, it has been an engaging, mutually rewarding relationship, with the multitalented guitarist, composer and singer offering tasty sonic tidbits of classic R&B and contemporary jazz and his fans melting into satisfied aural bliss with every succulent, jazz inflected note. It’s a veritable “love fest” – and Brown keeps the good vibes going on his long–awaited new release, Sending My Love, arriving this June on Peak Records. “I’m a loving guy – I hear that a lot. I started reading my emails and the fans were sending me so much love that I wanted to send them love back,” explains the artist, who wrote nine of the ten tunes on this offering. “The CD is about pure love, love in all its many aspects: a personal relationship and a general love for the planet and for people. We should be kind to each other,” he adds.
Brown’s show will be followed by Saxophonist Richard Elliot at 6:30 p.m. Elliot arrived at a very special anniversary for blowing audiences away with his soulfully robust playing. 2014 marked 30 years since the release of his debut solo album, Initial Approach (ITI – 1984), on which he stepped out showcasing his tenor sax, soprano sax, Lyricon and writing skills. What does a red-blooded Scottish sax man raised in Los Angeles – now with a wife and five children – do for a 30-year encore? Well, this one-time member of the classic soul band Tower of Power proves he’s “not a young man” and dropped the most overtly sensual, romantic and intimate album of his career in collaboration with contemporary jazz production/guitar giant Paul Brown. The title of this 17th solo project is Lip Service (the artist’s first for Heads Up/Concord Music Group).
Brown and Elliott will be joined with other Genuine Wine and Jazz festival for an all-star jam on Saturday evening.
An All-Shows Weekend Pass may be purchased for $195 or a Saturday Only Concert Pass for $160. The wine tasting portion of the festival will feature nearly 15 wines for guests to sample. Tasting packages, in which guests receive tickets redeemable for a sample of the wine of their choosing, may be purchased on-site. Guests will also enjoy the Gourmet Grill, which provides a taste of this summer’s freshest ingredients. Items available include a Grilled Salmon Sandwich topped with a Tomato Avocado Salsa or the Grilled Portobello Mushroom Sandwich topped with spinach, tomato, fresh mozzarella, and a balsamic reduction. With the beautifully relaxing backdrop of Copper Mountain, festival-goers can luxuriate in melodious jazz, outstanding wines and a delectable gourmet menu, including a gourmet Sunday brunch buffet at this year’s Genuine Jazz & Wine Festival.
Editor’s note: For more information visit GenuineJazz.com. For tickets call 970-444-2202 and lodging specials call 866-837-2996.