Jazz Aspen Snowmass was founded in support of music education for the Aspen Valley Schools and is an organization that means a lot to me.  I am proud to be on the board of this non-profit charitable group and this summer’s events are unique and exciting.

This Thursday, June 24th, kicks off the celebration of Jazz Aspen Snowmass’ 20th Anniversary Season.  Two decades ago Jim Horowitz launched the idea of a music festival in Aspen to support music and education.

 

Shortly over a decade later, in 2002, JAS furthered its reputation for spotting great talents before they made it big with artist Norah Jones, who launched Come Away With Me a few months later and went on to sell over 10 million copies.

In 2009, the Labor Day event included Black Eyed Peas, who brought in the most diverse-age audience JAS has seen, including thousands of kids ranging from 8 to 12 years old.

The summer of events begins with “Martinis, Music, and Memories at JAS 20 Year Retrospective”, on Thursday June 24th, a show featuring the photography of JAS Photographer Steve Mundinger at a local Aspen Gallery.  Festivites continue with Harry Connick Jr., making his first Aspen appearance in 20 years, on the 25th and Natalie Cole on July 3rd.

 

I am looking forward to being a hostess – alongside Pam Alexander, Marianne Bucholz, Holly Dreman, Mona Look Mazza, Deborah Newman Sharpe, Susan Plummer, and Nancy Rogers – of the Prada private cocktail reception in support of Jazz Aspen Snowmass’ 20th Anniversary Season.  This event will be held on July 1st at the Prada Boutique in Aspen, 312 South Galena Street, from 6pm – 8pm.  Make sure to RSVP to (212)541-4628 or rsvp.events@prada.com.

Even if you are unable to join us to one of these fantastic events, your donations will go towards after school programs and music education.  Contact my office, (310)273-1855, for more information on the events being held and how you can be a part of this philanthropy that I hold dear to my heart.