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Vail Jazz honors musician, mentor Gulizia

July 17, 2022, 11:48 am

Vail Jazz on Sunday issued the following statement on the passing of famed Vail musician and mentor Tony Gulizia:

Of all the men and women involved in the history of Vail Jazz, perhaps none was as widely known – or as deeply cherished – as Tony G, a beloved fixture in the Valley’s music scene and an honored leader, instructor, and mentor of Vail Jazz Goes to School for the past 25 years.

Tony passed away over the weekend after a months-long illness. He will be deeply missed by his family, his fans, his Vail Jazz colleagues, and perhaps most of all by the countless students whose lives he touched through our education programs.

You can read more about Tony and his numerous contributions to jazz in a recently written article here.

The Vail Jazz staff, board of directors, and faculty are at a loss for words to express how much Tony meant to us and how bereft we are by his death.

Tony lived and breathed jazz. He treasured his students and understood the supreme importance of educating young people at a very early age in the intricacies and joys of jazz music. We are grateful for his contributions, his passion, and his charisma and will remember him fondly.

4 Responses to Vail Jazz honors musician, mentor Gulizia

  1. Beth Shadur Reply

    July 18, 2022 at 4:06 pm

    A very sad loss for the whole Vail Valley and beyond.

  2. Jorge Nila Reply

    July 20, 2022 at 6:09 am

    Huge part of the puzzle in my life. Love you Tony G.

  3. Tom & Mary Yerrington Reply

    July 24, 2022 at 6:38 pm

    A truly remarkable and charming man. Tony not only was a great jazz musician, but what an impact he made on me in my life. He was the main reason I always came to ski at Vail Valley resort.
    REST IN PEACE TONY. We Love you

  4. Beverly Nason Reply

    August 9, 2022 at 5:26 pm

    Tony G was a big part of our Vail summer and winters. We took every oportunity to enjoy his music and say hello. Memories include celebrating several birthdays listening to his music. His CD’s were a big part of our travels around the world. He will be so missed and Vail will not be the same. Thank you Tony for your talent and efforts in making Vail Jazz special.

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