Ken Peplowski. 29. Peplowski will be playing in the piano-less trio format, with drummer Jim White and bassist Drew Morell, which should provide him with plenty of expressive space. (Rick Bouthiette Photography, provided by Capri Records)
As the summer wraps up, here are some notable local club appearances and one promising mountain jazz festival to help us savor every last moment. … Jeff Hamilton will hit the stage at Nocturne on Sept. While numerous “jazz” festivals have become jazz festivals in name only — succumbing to commercial pressure and booking pop, soul and rock acts —  Vail’s annual Labor Day Jazz Party remains as dedicated to straight-ahead, improvised sounds as possible. Related Articles

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Trombonist Wycliffe Gordon is also scheduled to appear in Vail, but if you can’t make it up to the mountains, he’ll appear at Denver’s Dazzle Jazz on Sept. weekday mornings at KBCO 97.3 FM. He’ll be backed up by local experts like Dave Corbus and Jeff Jenkins for his Dazzle engagement, both nights at 6 and 8 p.m.Tickets range from $15 to $35; Dazzle @Baur’s is located at 1512 Curtis St. Find out more at 6-7. …The Diana Castro Band appears at El Chapultepec Aug. Soloists include the above-mentioned Peplowski, trumpeters Terell Stafford and Byron Stripling, saxophonists Greg Ward and Jeff Clayton, vocalists Niki Harris and Sinne Eeg, and numerous other accomplished performers. 31 to  Sept. The Vail Jazz staff deserves credit for such varied programming; there aren’t many organizations in the U.S. Ken Peplowski is inarguably one of the finest living practitioners on the clarinet (another is Denver resident Don Byron). Follow him on Twitter: @Bretontheradio 4 at the Vail Square Jazz Tent and the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort. Peplowski’s latest CD, “Enrapture” (on Bailey, Colorado’s own Capri Records label) is another convincing example of his warm artistry. He’s capable of reeling off sensitive and exploratory solos (and when he picks up the tenor sax, Peplowski evokes Lester Young — no small feat). A setting like Denver’s intimate Nocturne Jazz and Supper Club should be ideal for anyone savvy enough to get a ticket to his Aug. Gordon’s style is often drenched in the New Orleans sound of artists like Kid Ory and Louis Armstrong, although he’s capable in playing with more contemporary forms of the music. 5-6. And more: New Orleans’ New Breed Brass Band plays the new Levitt Pavilion on Aug. 27. Nocturne is at 1330 27th St. Tickets are $12-$15, and can be obtained through While there’s a “jam session” vibe to many of the festivities, there are also film screenings, including a new documentary about drummer Buddy Rich hosted by Jeff Hamilton, multimedia tributes to Cole Porter, Mongo Santamaria and Cannonball Adderly, and a gospel celebration. A veteran of the prestigious Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Gordon animates the swing era with a boisterous expertise. This year’s party runs from Aug. Bret Saunders ( can be heard from 6 to 11 a.m. Get tickets and lodging information at 30 performance there. that can successfully pull off such an endeavor every year.