Jazz Aspen Snowmass has announced the lineup for their June Experience and it is looking to be one of the best yet. The lineup has something for everyone with jazz, country, and legendary Motown artists all accounted for. Tickets for the June Experience go on sale February 12 and after you see the lineup you’ll definitely want to pick yours up.
Kicking off the June Experience right on Thursday, June 23 will be a special JAS Café performance from jazz great Gregory Porter. Hailing from California, Porter won a Grammy in 2014 for his album Liquid Spirit. The New York Times praised him as “a jazz singer of thrilling presence, a booming baritone with a gift for earthy refinement and soaring uplift.”
Friday, June 24 will feature the legendary first lady of Motown, the incomparable Diana Ross, at the Benedict Music Tent. She needs no introduction but just incase you didn’t know she was born and raised in the Motor City; was a founding member and lead singer of The Supremes, Motown’s most successful group in the 1960s; and went on to have her own wildly successful career as a solo artist with hits such as “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “I’m Coming Out,” and “Upside Down.” Ross was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.
Another artist that needs no introduction is the performer for Saturday, June 25, Sheryl Crow. Sheryl is no stranger to the Benedict Music Tent having last performed in 2011. Crow is one of the most successful music artists of all time having sold over 35 million records over the course of eight albums. Her greatest hits album was certified quadruple-platinum and she has performed duets with legends like Mick Jagger and Sting.
While the performer for Sunday, June 26 is yet to be announced, the second weekend of the June Experience gets fired up with jazz trumpeter and vocalist Bria Skonberg. If you’ve never seen Skonberg light up her jumpin’ New Orleans hot jazz then you certainly don’t want to miss her performances June 30 and July 1 at JAS Café in the intimate setting of The Little Nell Downstairs.
If Diana Ross has a male counter part at Motown then it has to be the great Smokey Robinson. With a career that has spanned the better part of four decades, Robinson is a member of both the Rock and Roll and Songwriters’ Hall of Fame, founded the legendary group The Miracles, and served as Vice-President of Motown Records in the 60s and 70s. The prolific songwriter has over 4,000 songs to his credit including hits like “Tears of a Clown,” “Cruisin,” and “You Really Got a Hold on Me.” His high tenor is one of the most unmistakable in music yesterday and today.