Houston Person - 2010

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The Estes Park Jazz Festival was founded by and is directed by Jazz Artist, Max Wagner, 
and is free to the public courtesy of the Town of Estes Park and our Sponsors:  Poppy's Pizza & Mama Rose’s, Coca Cola, the Silver Moon Inn, and KUVO Jazz Radio 89.3 FM.    Parking is free as well.

Estes Park's Jazz Festival is held in conjunction with Art Walk:  a self-guided tour of over 20 galleries, studios, and art exhibits throughout Estes Park.  Maps are available at the Jazz Festival and at any participating gallery.

For more information call the Estes Park Visitors Center (970) 577-9900

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Don Braden - 2009

Marlena Shaw - 2005

Benny Golson - 2006

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Roberta Gambarini -  2011

Some Past Stars of The Estes Park Jazz Festival

Twenty-Four Years of Great Jazz Performances!

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Javon Jackson, Jimmy Heath, Gary Bartz, and Donald Harrison, with The Ken Walker Trio

Javon Jackson

Donald Harrison

Gary Bartz

Jimmy Heath

The Cookers - 2013

The 2014 Festival features SAX APPEAL

New York Saxophone Legends

Javon Jackson, Jimmy Heath, Gary Bartz and Donald Harrison, with the Ken Walker Trio


The 24th annual Estes Park Jazz Festival will present seven Jazz groups over two days. The festival takes place on Saturday, May 17th, and on Sunday, May 18th, 2014, from Noon to 5pm at Performance Park.  Performance Park is located at 417 West Elkhorn Avenue, at the West end of downtown Estes Park, Colorado.

The Estes Park Jazz Festival has become one of Colorado’s premier Jazz Festivals, noted for it’s commitment to excellence in Jazz.  Presenting the finest of our national and regional Jazz artists, the festival features stellar line-ups of performers, representing the music from it’s New Orleans roots to it’s thriving and diverse present, and venturing into it’s exciting future.   Over the last twenty-three years the festival has featured internationally known Jazz stars:  Benny Golson, Roberta Gambarini, The Cookers, Marlena Shaw, Don Braden, Kevin Mahogany, Louis Hayes, Angela Hagenbach, The Brubeck Brothers, Margo Reed, Les McCann, and Houston Person, among others; along with top Colorado area Jazz Artists, many of whom have national reputations, including The Ken Walker Sextet, Queen City Jazz Band, Images, Ellyn Rucker, Air Force Academy Falconaires, Eric Gunnison, Dotsero, Pat Bianchi, Hazel Miller, Nelson Rangell, Hugh Ragin, Laura Newman, The OTone Brass Band, Groove Society, The Heavenly Echoes Gospel Choir, Conjunto Colores, Convergence, and many more as part of this two day celebration of Jazz.

2014  Festival Headliner
This year’s Festival  HEADLINING ACT  presented on Sunday, May 18th will be  SAX APPEAL, a group featuring New York saxophone legends:  Javon Jackson, Jimmy Heath, Gary Bartz, and Donald Harrison, backed by The Ken Walker Trio.  This amazing group will take the stage as part of our Sunday line-up; you won’t want to miss it!  The Estes Park Jazz Festival will feature seven Jazz groups presented over two days.

The Jazz Continues At Night

There will be a performance of  The Max Wagner Quartet on Saturday night, May 17th  
from 6:30-9:30pm in downtown Estes Park at Mama Rose’s Italian Restaurant.
The Max Wagner Quartet will feature Max Wagner on saxophone & Jazz vocals,  Myra Warren on Jazz vocals, with Eric Gunnison at the piano, and Ken Walker on bass. Expect an exciting, entertaining and intimate evening of Live Jazz with the Max Wagner Quartet!  Mama Rose’s is an official sponsor of The Estes Park Jazz Festival 
(reservations suggested:  970-586-3330).  Mama’s is located at 338 E. Elkhorn Ave.

Thanks to the support of the Town of Estes Park and private sponsorships, the festival has become a prime destination for music lovers around the region and across the country; and the perfect kick off to the festival season in Colorado. The Estes Park Jazz Festival is produced by the Special Events Department of the Town of Estes Park and was founded by and is directed by Jazz artist, Max Wagner.  The Festival is presented free to the public courtesy of the Town of Estes Park and our sponsors:  Mama Rose’s & Poppy’s Pizza, KUVO Jazz Radio, The Silver Moon Inn and Coca Cola.