Jazz Aspen Snowmass: Complete event guide and schedule for 2019 JAS Cafe
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Jazz Aspen Snowmass has announced another world-class lineup for their JAS Cafe Winter Series. The 2018-19 JAS Cafe Winter Series kicks off on Dec. 21 with shows taking place at the Cooking School of Aspen and Downstairs at The Little Nell where you can enjoy candlelit performances with amazing culinary options (click here for dining options) in idyllic Aspen, Colorado.

Also continuing this year are the entertaining and informative JAS Cafe Listen Up! discussions. Taking place 45 minutes before select shows and included with ticket purchase, the JAS Listen Up! forums feature JAS Cafe artists giving anecdotes and insights on their music. But what about that music? Meet the artists of the 2018-19 JAS Cafe Winter Series (click on the artist links to watch videos).

Sweet Lu Olutosin - Dec. 21 & 22
Sweet Lu Olutosin is a world-renowned jazz singer with roots in gospel and the blues. He is also a Top 20 jazz recording artist. Sweet Lu will give three JAS Cafe performances Downstairs at The Little Nell Dec. 21 & 22. See below for dates, times and ticket info.

Dec. 21 (8:00 pm) - Aspen, CO - Downstairs at The Nell (Tickets)
Dec. 22 (7:00 pm) - Aspen, CO - Downstairs at The Nell (Tickets)
Dec. 22 (9:15 pm) - Aspen, CO - Downstairs at The Nell (Tickets)

Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles - Dec. 28 & 29
Grammy-winner Cory Henry (formerly of Snarky Puppy) has been called “one of the finest Hammond B-3 organ players of his generation.” He is also an amazing singer and songwriter. His band The Funk Apostles deliver a heady blend of jazz, blues, funk, soul, R&B, afrobeat and gospel. Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles will play four shows at the Cooking School of Aspen Dec. 28 & 29.

Dec. 28 (7:00 pm) - Aspen, CO - Cooking School of Aspen (Tickets)
Dec. 28 (9:15 pm) - Aspen, CO - Cooking School of Aspen (Tickets)
Dec. 29 (7:00 pm) - Aspen, CO - Cooking School of Aspen (Tickets)
Dec. 29 (9:15 pm) - Aspen, CO - Cooking School of Aspen (Tickets)

Sammy Miller and The Congregation - Jan. 11 & 12
Grammy-nominated drummer Sammy Miller and his band The Congregation are on a mission to make people happy with their self-described “joyful jazz.” Miller holds a Masters degree for the prestigious Julliard music school and has played from the White House to the Hollywood Bowl. Sammy Miller and The Congregation will play four shows Downstairs at The Little Nell Jan. 11 & 12.

Jan. 11 (5:00 pm) - Aspen, CO - Downstairs at The Nell (Tickets)
Jan. 11 (Listen Up! 7:15 pm - Show: 8:00 pm) - Aspen, CO - Downstairs at The Nell (Tickets)
Jan. 12 (7:00 pm) - Aspen, CO - Downstairs at The Nell (Tickets)
Jan. 12 (9:15 pm) - Aspen, CO - Downstairs at The Nell (Tickets)

Chuchito Valdés Trio - Feb. 1 & 2
Chuchito Valdés is a third generation Cuban pianist, continuing the legacy of his father Chucho Valdés and grandfather Bebo Valdés. Chuchito is an expert in Cuban musical forms including Cuban Timba, Danzon, Guaguanco and Son. Combining these forms with Afro-Cuban jazz and bebop, Chuchito concocts a fiery style all his own. Chuchito Valdés Trio will deliver four performances Downstairs at The Little Nell Feb. 1 & 2.

Feb. 1 (5:00 pm) - Aspen, CO - Downstairs at The Nell (Tickets)
Feb. 1 (8:00 pm) - Aspen, CO - Downstairs at The Nell (Tickets)
Feb. 2 (7:00 pm) - Aspen, CO - Downstairs at The Nell (Tickets)
Feb. 2 (9:15 pm) - Aspen, CO - Downstairs at The Nell (Tickets)

Robin McKelle - Feb. 16 & 17
Singer-songwriter Robin McKelle draws her inspiration from the rich and diverse American songbook, using forms like blues, jazz, pop, soul and gospel as a vehicle for her socially conscious lyrics. McKelle’s latest album, Melodic Canvas, arrived in 2018. McKelle will play three shows at the Cooking School of Aspen Feb. 16 & 17.

Feb. 16 (7:00 pm) - Aspen, CO - Cooking School of Aspen (Tickets)
Feb. 16 (9:15 pm) - Aspen, CO - Cooking School of Aspen (Tickets)
Feb. 17 (Listen Up! 7:15 pm Show: 8:00 pm) - Aspen, CO - Cooking School of Aspen (Tickets)

Shelly Berg Trio w/ vocalists Veronica Swift & Billy Valentine - Feb. 22 & 23
Shelly Berg is a five-time Grammy-nominated pianist, producer and composer as well as an award-winning educator. He has worked with such luminaries as Gloria Estefan, Tony Bennett, Seal, Andra Day and many more. Berg will welcome one of the best young jazz singers in the country, 23-year-old Veronica Swift, as well as celebrated jazz vocalist Billy Valentine. Shelly Berg Trio with Veronica Swift and Billy Valentine will give four concerts at the Cooking School of Aspen Feb. 22 & 23.

Feb. 22 (5:00 pm) - Aspen, CO - Cooking School of Aspen (Tickets)
Feb. 22 (Listen Up! 7:15 pm Show: 8:00 pm) - Aspen, CO - Cooking School of Aspen (Tickets)
Feb. 23 (7:00 pm) - Aspen, CO - Cooking School of Aspen (Tickets)
Feb. 23 (9:15 pm) - Aspen, CO - Cooking School of Aspen (Tickets)

Ola Onabulé - March 1 & 2
Ola Onabulé is a world-renowned jazz singer and songwriter. Onabulé has performed at some of jazz’s biggest and most prestigious international jazz festivals including Montreal, Istanbul, Umbria and London. Ola Onabulé’s latest album, It’s the Peace That Deafens, arrived in 2015. Ola Onabulé will give three performances Downstairs at The Little Nell March 1 & 2.

March 1 (Listen Up! 7:15 pm Show: 8:00 pm) - Aspen, CO - Downstairs at The Nell (Tickets)
March 2 (7:00 pm) - Aspen, CO - Downstairs at The Nell (Tickets)
March 2 (9:15 pm) Aspen, CO - Downstairs at The Nell (Tickets)

Niki Haris & The Mitch Forman Quartet - March 15 & 16
The daughter of legendary jazz pianist Gene Harris, Vocalist and dancer Niki Haris has had an amazing career including touring and recording with Madonna for 18 years. Harris has also worked with big names like Ray Charles, Whitney Houston, Mick Jagger, Santana and many more. Celebrated jazz-fusion pianist Mitch Forman and his quartet will back Haris for her JAS Cafe appearance. Niki Harris and Mitch Forman will deliver four performances at the Cooking School of Aspen March 15 & 16.

March 15 (Listen Up! 6:15 pm Show: 7:00 pm) Aspen, CO - Cooking School of Aspen (Tickets)
March 15 (9:15 pm) Aspen, CO - Cooking School of Aspen (Tickets)
March 16 (7:00 pm) Aspen, CO - Cooking School of Aspen (Tickets)
March 16 (9:15 pm) Aspen, CO - Cooking School of Aspen (Tickets)

Deva Mahal - March 29 & 30
Wrapping up the JAS Cafe Winter Series is an artist with the blues in her blood. Deva Mahal is the daughter of blue legend Taj Mahal. Deva builds on her bluesy roots to expand into the realms of R&B, indie-pop, soul and rock. Mahal’s latest album, Run Deep, arrived in 2018. Deva Mahal will put on three performances Downstairs at The Little Nell March 29 & 30.

March 29 (Listen Up! 7:15 pm Show: 8:00 pm) - Aspen, CO - Downstairs at The Nell (Tickets)
March 30 (7:00 pm) - Aspen, CO - Downstairs at The Nell (Tickets)
March 30 (9:15 pm) - Aspen, CO - Downstairs at The Nell (Tickets)     

Can't decide which shows to see? Jazz Aspen Snowmass has you covered. You can purchase a JAS Cafe Winter Pass (must purchase a minimum of five shows) by following this link.