Telluride Jazz Celebration Features Allen Toussaint, The Bad Plus and Tower of Power

Photo by Doug Berry

Since 1977 Telluride’s majestic perch – high in the spectacular San Juan Mountains in Southwestern Colorado — has been the site of an annual cultural event produced by the Telluride Society for Jazz combining the finest of nature and art that ranks among the world’s most memorable music festivals. The intimate format and abundant opportunities to enjoy spectacular alpine recreational activities complement the superb music presented each year at the Telluride Jazz Celebration (TJC). Combining performances on outdoor stages during the day with theater and club shows at night, the TJC offers the best of both worlds.

This year’s edition takes place from August 5th – 7th and will feature some fantastic artists from across the decades.  Highlights include Allen Toussaint, The Bad Plus, Tower of Power, and Walter, Roberts & Deitch.  Tickets start at $105 and are available now at


Tower of Power
Taylor Hicks & The Little Memphis Blues Orchestra
Allen Toussaint and Rita Coolidge
Walter, Roberts & Deitch feat. Robert Walter, Eddie Roberts and Adam Deitch
Paquito D’Rivera
The Bad Plus
March Fourth Marching Band
Melvin Taylor
The Clayton Brothers
Lisa Haley & The Zydekats
Badi Assad
Edmar Castaneda
Alex Brown Quartet
Michael Kaeshammer
UNC Jazz Lab Band I
UNC Vanguard Combo
Telluride Student All-Star Jazz Ensemble


Who Is Timothy Dwenger

Music has always been a part of my life. It probably all started listening to old Grateful Dead, Peter Paul & Mary, and Simon & Garfunkel records that my parents had, but it wasn't long before they were taking me to concerts like Starship, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and Huey Lewis & The News. I got the bug to write about music after reviewing an Eric Clapton concert for a creative writing project in high school but didn't really take it up seriously until 2002. Since then I have published countless articles in The Marquee Magazine and done some work for, SPIN Magazine, and various other outlets. I started Listen Up Denver! as a way to share the music information that is constantly spilling out of my head with people who care. Please enjoy!