Founded in 1991 and entering its 26th season, Jazz Aspen Snowmass (JAS) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. The mission of JAS is to present and preserve jazz and related forms of music through world-class events, performances, and education programs.
JAS has grown from a simple 3-day event in Aspen to a complex set of multi-day festivals in Aspen/Snowmass, Colorado; a summer series of weekly performances; diverse year round music education programs; and the addition of the JAS Café Downstairs @the Little Nell, featuring outstanding jazz musicians throughout the year. For seven years JAS produced the Sonoma Jazz + Festival in Sonoma, California.
The original June 1991 festival was inspired by its prestigious sister festival in Marciac (southwest) France, a charming village of 1,000 in the rolling hilss of Gascogne, near the Basque country.