Genuine Jazz & Wine kicks off at Copper Mountain Resort today and runs through Sunday. A time-honored tradition, the weekend celebration of ragtime, boogie-woogie and fine libations got its start nearly three decades ago and features renowned jazz musicians, wine sampling and gourmet fare.Festivalgoers will not be the only ones enjoying some relaxation at Copper this weekend, however.This year, for the first time, jazz and wine enthusiasts congregate on the premises alongside another group dedicated to a similar cause - the yoga and health-loving participants in the Mountain Pose Yoga and Medicine Symposium. Now in its second year, Mountain Pose Yoga and Medicine kicked off Wednesday and runs through Sunday. The event invites "medical professionals, yoga enthusiasts and anyone who works in health care to enjoy a weekend of professional development and relaxation" while taking part in more than 30 workshops and lectures.Mountain Pose is a professionally-sanctioned event, approved by the American Academy of Family Physicians for up to 25 Continuing Medical Education credits while also satisfying continuing education for Certified Athletic Trainers and Registered Yoga Teachers.
The annual Genuine Jazz & Wine celebration features renowned jazz musicians including the multiple Grammy-nominated Stanley Jordan, Ronnie Laws, Paul Taylor, Nick Colionne, Alex Bugnon, Dotsero and more. Free concerts are held on Jill's Deck, with ticketed concerts taking place in the intimate setting of the Copper Conference Center ballroom. A large collection of wines to sample is made possible through collaboration with Republic National Distributing Company.Some cross-pollination of yoga enthusiasts and wine and jazz aficionados will occur, spurred by a collaboration between yogi/philosopher David Romanelli and jazz musician/philosopher Stanley Jordan, resort association spokesperson Erin Woods said. Singer/songwriter and yogini Ginger Garner also does double duty at the two events by playing a jazz concert and also offering yoga sessions and talks. Genuine Jazz & Wine: www.genuinejazz.comMountain Pose Yoga & Medicine: www.villageatcopper.com/mountain-pose-yoga-festival