Vail Jazz Festival announces 2022 lineup, including Samara Joy and Matthew Whitaker

Vail Jazz has just announced the headliners for the 28th Annual Vail Jazz Festival, taking place this summer from June 30 through Labor Day weekend. Tickets will go on sale at this Tuesday, February 8.

Over the years, the Vail Jazz Festival has featured some of jazz’s greatest and virtuosos in an ongoing series of musical events at venues across Vail. This summer, the festival will feature seven paid headliners on Thursday nights, eight free community concerts on Sunday nights, and the grand finale of the festival: the five-day Vail Jazz Party over Labor Day weekend.

Vail Jazz has a long history of empowering emerging artists, and that tradition is reinforced this summer as two of the headliners are under 25.

The season-opening show on Thursday, July 7 is led by a young man named Matthew Whitaker. At just 20 years old, Whitaker is already an internationally touring pianist who has performed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Newport and New Orleans Jazz Festivals and many more.

Later in the summer, on August 4, 22-year-old singer Samara Joy will lead the Pasquale Grasso Trio in selections from the classic American songbook. Joy’s vocal style is heavily influenced by icons Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald.

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