BY Brian F. Johnson
Telluride Town Park
By combining the finest of nature and art, The Telluride Jazz Festival ranks among the world’s most memorable music festivals. Since 1977, Telluride’s majestic perch high in the spectacular San Juan Mountains has been the site of an annual cultural event produced by the Telluride Society for Jazz. The intimate format, superb music, and the opportunity for invigorating alpine recreation, along with free wine and spirit tastings, all come together to create a truly special weekend experience.
Performances take place on two outdoor stages during the day and in historic theaters and clubs at night. The Telluride Jazz Festival celebrates jazz roots in Latin, African, blues, Cajun and mainstream traditions.
You’re going there to see: Stanley Clarke Band, Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio, Galactic
You’re going to come home talking about: John Scofield’s Uberjam Band, The New Orleans Suspects, Springdale Quartet
(As calculated by maps.google.com from Denver, Colo. to Telluride, Colo.)
Total Estimated Time: 6 hours, 28 minutes
Total Estimated Distance: 330 miles
You Need To Know: Telluride Jazz offers a unique package that is a bit pricey, but also one of the best festival bonuses in the country. The Patron Pass includes special stage-side seating at Town Park performances with “Wine & Dine” food and beverage catering. The pass also gives attendees priority entry to all participating night venues and invites to special sponsored events throughout the weekend.
Camping: Yes, but Town Park is limited. Other options are available.