Howard Stone is a life-long jazz fan, a retired real estate attorney and investor based in Santa Monica California, who has had a second home in Vail Colorado for over 30 years. Stone loves jazz as much as he loves the Colorado lifestyle – and the Vail Jazz Foundation blossomed when he brought together these two passions. Stone had attended numerous “Jazz Parties” in Colorado through the years.
In 1995, he was inspired to put together the first Labor Day Weekend Vail Jazz Party in Vail. His vision was to do his part to carry on a 20 year Colorado tradition of presenting great jazz in the unique ‘party’ format over the Labor Day Weekend. After the success of the first Vail Jazz Party, Stone dreamed further and decided to create the VJF as an organization dedicated to the perpetuation of jazz music with a specific emphasis on young musicians and young audiences. The Foundation grew to add a jazz workshop for promising high school musicians, a school program in Eagle County called Jazz Goes to School, free concert series, educational programs, and collaborations featuring all performances and educational programs with other non profits including Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, The Vail Symposium, and the Vail Valley Foundation.
The 2012 Labor Day Line Up
Cyrille Aimée & Diego Figueiredo
Clayton Brothers Sextet -John Clayton, Jeff Clayton, Terell Stafford, Wycliffe Gordon, Lewis Nash & Bill Cunliffe
John Clayton’s Multi Media Salute to Ray Brown
Bill Cunliffe’s Multi Media Salute to Dave Brubeck
Bobby Floyd – Keys to the B-3
Wycliffe Gordon—The History of the Trombone
Jeff Hamilton Trio -Jeff Hamilton, Tamir Hendelman & Christoph Luty
Niki Haris’ Gospel Prayer Meetin’
Vail Jazz Alumni Trio – Justin Kauflin, Joe Sanders & Corey Fonville
Byron Stripling’s Multi Media Salute to Dizzy Gillespie
Vail Jazz All-Stars
And many more!