Jazz Aspen Snowmass adds tasty new Cafe location, additional summer artists
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Jazz Aspen Snowmass has added a delicious new event to their JAS Summer Café series along with two additional artists. The JAS Café Downstairs at the Cooking School of Aspen will see performances by Latin jazz percussionist Poncho Sanchez July 22 & 23 and 12-year old Indonesian jazz pianist prodigy Joey Alexander Aug. 6 & 7. The addition marks the largest Summer Cafe series in JAS history. As if performances by these two amazing artists weren’t enough, JAS Café Downstairs at the Cooking School of Aspen will also be serving up a tasty treat.

The Cooking School shows will feature two performances, a dinner and a show at 6 p.m. as well as a show at 9:15 p.m. Attendees of the 6 p.m. show will be able to select dinner from a three-course menu prepared by the Cooking School and Aspen’s Rustique Bistro. But guests at the 9:15 p.m. show won’t be left out with the option of choosing items from Rustique’s bar menu. But that’s not all when it comes to food.

Besides being a multi-Grammy winner in a career that has spanned three decades and leading his own 8-piece band, Poncho Sanchez is also a chef. The multi-talented percussionist has written his own cookbook “Poncho Sanchez: Conga Cookbook” and will be whipping up a delicious dinner July 21. Guests will be able to check out Poncho’s handiwork in the Cooking School demo kitchen. Sanchez will be preparing a three-course meal that guests can secure for just $65, which includes alcohol, tax, and gratuity. Reservations can be made here.

On Aug. 6 & 7 the Cooking School will see performances by piano prodigy Joey Alexander. Alexander is hot off the heels of performing at the 2016 Grammys where he earned a standing ovation along with being nominated for Best Jazz Solo Appearance. Alexander released his debut album, My Favorite Things in 2015 when he was just 11 years old and was recently feature on “60 Minutes.” Don’t miss your chance to see the future of jazz with Joey Alexander.

Tickets for the JAS Café Downstairs at the Cooking School of Aspen performances are on sale now. Dinner show tickets are $100 including tax and gratuity while the 9:15 p.m. performances are just $45. Keep it at AXS.com for more JAS news.