The new morning “jazz sessions” will take Place Saturday and Sunday at the Phoenix Bean
Start your Telluride Jazz Festival mornings off with pleasant live jazz music, coffee and breakfast at the Phoenix Bean. New for the 2018, “Coffee, Muffins and Jam” will offer a jazzy wake-up to a full day of music Saturday and Sunday of the Festival. Attendees can enjoy performance lead by Jack Kotz and Bob Hemenger, along with a variety of breakfast dishes, baked goods and coffee drinks from the Phoenix Bean in the heart of downtown Telluride, steps away from the “Society Stage” at Elks Park and minutes away from the Telluride Town Park Main Stage. Musicians are welcome and encouraged to join in on the jam for an improvisational performance to get their day swinging. The jam will be will be first come first play, with a sign up sheet. The music-jams will go from 9 to 10am (MT) both Saturday August 4 and Sunday August 5 and is open to the public.
About Jack Kotz
Jack Kotz is a photographer and musician living in Santa Fe, NM. A Telluride Jazz Festival attendee since 1996, he has been on the board of directors of the Telluride Society for Jazz since 2014. Jack has supported the Telluride Student All Stars Jazz Ensemble over the years, and along with saxophonist/educator Bob Hemenger, leads nature workshops with them during the festival.
About Bob Hemenger
Bob Hemenger is a saxophonist, educator and naturalist based out of Pagosa Springs, Colorado. He has been on staff with Victor Wooten's Center for Music and Nature for over a decade and just finished running his 4th Inside:Outside Retreat for Saxophonists with partners Bob Franceschini and Bob Reynolds. He has been fortunate to play music while soaking in the incredible view from the Telluride main stage with many bands including; The Victor Wooten Band, Darrell Scott, The Motet, Peter Rowan, The Band of Heathens, Nosotros and more.
About The Phoenix Bean
This historic building located at 221 W. Colorado Ave. was originally built by electricity tycoon and philanthropist LL Nunn in 1892. In its early days, it housed the Phoenix Market which provided meat, fish, vegetables and other necessities to the early miners and residents of Telluride. Nearly 125 years later, the calamities of weather at 8,750 feet took their toll. Renovations began in 2015 to restore this building to its former beauty. Rising from the ashes, we proudly honor this building’s rich history and importance to Telluride and introduce coffee, lattes (exclusively from Steaming Bean Coffee) smoothies and breakfast sandwiches. Breakfast items also include eggs, toast, and “bad-ass sticky buns.