C O D Y, W y o. — The 25thAnnual Yellowstone Jazz Festival will be held on July 12 & 13. The festival is recognizing 25 years of presenting live jazz to the Cody area by bringing back some of the artists most often requested by festival patrons. Events get under way on Thursday evening July 12 with a free outdoor concert in the Cody City Park featuring the Alex Nauman Jazz Trio. This concert will take place from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M.
More jazz continues on Friday July 13 beginning at 2:30 P.M. at the Pow Wow Garden stage on the grounds of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. The final student concert for the 25th Annual Yellowstone Jazz Camp held during the week at the Northwest College Mickelson Field Station will be performed then. It is free to the public.
The “Jazz on the Lawn” outdoor event will begin at 5:00 P.M. also at the Pow Wow Garden stage. Admission is only $10 for the entire evening. The program runs from 5:00 to 10:00 PM. and will include music from big band to contemporary jazz. The event will feature international jazz vocalist Sunny Wilkinson, the Yellowstone Big Band, and the Denver-based contemporary jazz group Dotsero. Food and drink will be available for purchase. Festival goers will want to bring lawn chairs to enjoy live jazz in a spectacular outdoor setting.
Vocalist Sunny Wilkinson has taken her place in that elite group of jazz musicians who have stretched the boundaries of the human voice and distinguished themselves as “one of a kind.” Spanning a career of over three decades of professional accomplishments and performances, Sunny has sung with music icons such as The Count Basie Orchestra, Clark Terry, Milt Hinton, and many other jazz legends. Her latest CD is a duo project featuring Los Angeles based pianist Tom Garvin entitled A Gentle Time – When Sunny Meets Tom. “The musical empathy that is shared by these two artists is truly extraordinary…Sunny Wilkinson is at the top of her game here. She has spent a lot of time refining her craft in the trenches and now emerges as a master songstress able to get inside of a song and find its essential emotional core.” -Worlds Records, L.A. Sunny returns to the Yellowstone Jazz Festival by popular demand and promises a high-energy show for her audience.
The band DOTSERO, meaning “something unique” according to Ute legend, takes its name from a small railroad town in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado called DOT-ZERO. To jazz fans worldwide DOTSERO means Smooth Jazz at its best. Their show is full of life, energy, and spontaneity that few artists in the genre have been able to match, presenting a no nonsense sax and guitar driven thrill ride of excitement. Fans say DOTSERO is as much fun to watch as they are to listen to. The band has performed at major jazz festivals: Red Rocks Amphitheatre, JVC Winter Park Jazz Fest, Jazz Trax Catalina Island Jazz Fest and The Cancun Jazz Festival, among others. From Ala Carte Ala Park in San Francisco to West Palm Beach’s Sunfest, DOTSERO has crisscrossed the nation performing their distinctive brand of jazz.
Tickets to the Friday event are available in Cody at the Cody Chamber or at the entrance gate of the festival. For more information on these events, artists, and a complete festival schedule visit the festival website here.
The Yellowstone Jazz Festival is supported in part by a grant from the Wyoming Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts and also from private and business donors.