Genuine Jazz & Wine returns to Copper Mountain

Krista Driscoll
Elan Trotman will play a set from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, as part of the Genuine Jazz & Wine festival at Copper Mountain. Trotman has quickly become one of contemporary jazz's most thrilling and emotive performers and continues to stand out and push boundaries as a composer, performer and recording artist.
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If you go

What: Genuine Jazz & Wine

Where: Big Horn Ballroom, Copper Mountain

When: Friday through Sunday

Cost: Weekend passes are $88 for general admission; VIP is sold out

What: Wine samplings

When: 7-9 p.m. Friday Night Flights and Saturday Night Sampling

Cost: Multi-City tickets are $42 and include tastings of all five flights (or 15 tastes which can be used over two nights); Round-Trip tickets are $35 and include tastings of four flights (or 12 tastes which can be used over two nights); One-Way tickets are $10 and include one flight (or three tastes which can be used over two nights)

For more information on Genuine Jazz & Wine, including a complete listing of music acts and wines being sampled, visit

The 29th annual Genuine Jazz & Wine festival returns to Copper Mountain Resort this weekend, with some well-known musical talent, a diverse selection of wines and, new this year, a Brunch from the Bayou featuring cuisine from chef David Taladay.

Genuine Jazz also boasts an outdoor performance area for showcasing rising stars of the jazz world, featuring free performances by New Orleans pianist Paul Mandrake and New Orleans guitarist Al Garcia.

The food

Jill’s Grill outside the Big Horn Ballroom will be serving up grab-and-go appetizers and signature grilled sandwiches and salads to nosh on between musical acts, but the stand-out culinary feature of this year’s Genuine Jazz & Wine festival is the New Orleans-style Sunday brunch buffet from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Taladay has put together a full brunch menu, with traditional elements such as eggs benedict and pecan waffles, as well as some Big Easy flair with dishes like seafood and chicken gumbo, Cajun smoked salmon and Gulf Bay shrimp and cheddar grits.

Piano and guitar music will accompany the meal, which is $34.95 per person.

The music

Saxophonist Kim Waters is one of the premiere jazz musicians who will perform at the event. His latest album, “My Loves,” was written produced and performed with Waters playing most of the instruments.

“It features R&B legend Glenn Jones, on ‘I Wanna Love You,’ and my wife, Dana Pope, on the Minnie Ripperton song ‘Loving You,’” Waters wrote in an email. “I have a great guitarist by the name of Odell Ross, who did some great guitar work on this CD, as well. Although this is on a major label, I did stick with my formula, which is great melodies that you can remember.”

Waters said he likes to give people what they want to hear, which are great songs.

“I have studied the production of many of the greats and try to make the best possible recording,” he said. “My fans continue to support me, therefore I do my best to satisfy them, as well.”

More and more younger people are turning out each year for Genuine Jazz & Wine, along with other jazz festivals, especially the more contemporary events, Waters said.

“We have a groove that people can relate to, and it’s not over their heads,” he said. “But when it comes time to really open up and play, I can do that, too. My first love is traditional jazz. … I think my music appeals to everyone because it has all the ingredients — jazz, funk, R&B and soul.”

In addition to Waters, who will close out the series of ticketed jazz shows at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 25, the music schedule features the talents of Rick Braun, Marion Medows, Paul Taylor, Michael Lington and Elan Ttrotman.

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