Live at KUVO: Freddy Rodriguez Quartet | Feb. 11 at 4pm

The Freddy Rodriguez Quartet will perform in the Phyllis A. Greer Performance Studio on Thursday, 2/11 from 4 to 5pm. Featuring: Freddy Rodriguez Sr.-Saxophone, Freddy Rodriguez Jr.- piano, Andrew Hudson-bass, and Tony Black-drums. Freddy Rodriguez recently turned 85! He'll be celebrating with a party at El Chapultepec tonight, Thursday 2/11 at 9pm. Make sure you wish a Happy Birthday when you see him. The quartet will also be performing at Dazzle for the lunch club this Friday, 2/12 at start...
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dazzlejazz.com; npr.org

Gary Peacock Trio at Dazzle Jazz | Feb. 11

The Gary Peacock Trio will perform on Thursday, February 11 at 7pm and at 9pm. Over the span of five decades, Gary Peacock has established himself as one of the most versatile and talented bass players in jazz. One of his earliest influences was avant-garde saxophonist Albert Ayler, with whom Peacock performed and recorded in the 1960s. His music has also been greatly affected by his studies of Eastern music and philosophy. Since the 1980s, Peacock has been adding contemporary twists to old s...
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Denver's Black History: Daddy Bruce documentary

15 seconds ago

"If you don't know Daddy Bruce, you don't know Denver."  

For 30 years, the Denver barbecue chef fed the hungry in a grand street fair each Thanksgiving.  Add to that the clothes and bicycles he gave away to the homeless and children respectively, and you've got a true orange and blue humanitarian.  Now, the documentary film about Bruce Randolph is nearing completion.  Producer Reverend Ron Wooding visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis" to update the project, called "Keep a Light in Your Window." 

Reel Lesson #2: Amy

2 hours ago

Andrew Craig examines the use of colored text in "Amy" (Asif  Kapadia, 2015), the critically acclaimed documentary about the life of jazz and contemporary vocalist Amy Winehouse, to raise questions about the politics of individuality as they relate to isolation.  “Through coloring the details of Amy’s experience, the film asserts Amy’s individuality by graphically demonstrating the degree to which she was different from the people around her. Her difference was, in effect, a form of isolation.”  

A Great Week for Legends|Norman Provizer's Jazz Notes

Feb 11, 2016
All About Jazz

This week begins with a superb night of music when bassist Gary Peacock brings a trio to Dazzle, 930 Lincoln, on Thursday for sets at 7 and 9 p.m. (303-839-5100).

Headed in to this over-indulgent football-food weekend, we passed along the three staples of any Super Bowl spread: salsa, guac, queso. (SeriousEats.com)  But for some serious local flavor we reached out to Brothers BBQ (www.Brothers-BBQ.com).  Their five sauces were distinct, and they each had a pleasant "kick."  (Even as the Broncos face the Panthers, they're not shy about serving the Carolina style mustard sauce.)

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Marking Black History Month, the annual New Hope Baptist Church Art Exhibition  features the work of 18 artists, including photography, abstract, sculpture, representational, jewelry and more.  The exhibit, titled "Expressing Freedom through Freedom of Expression," runs Feb. 5 - 28, 2016.

Convergence band

February is still a month short on days. But this time around, it’s also a month very long on music. On Saturday, that amazing month of music gets going when drummer Kenwood Dennard joins forces with saxophonist Joe Anderies at Dazzle, 930 Lincoln, at 7 and 9 p.m.

Jazz patriarch Ellis Marsalis visited Denver and the KUVO studios in December. Arts District caught up with him as he was preparing to perform at Baur's Listening Lounge. In the audio below (as heard on the KUVO morning show "First Take with Lando and Chavis"), hear Marsalis comment on technology and fame, and Carlos shares an Ellis Marsalis story.History Colorado, under the leadership of the newly appointed State Historian Patty Limerick, wants ideas from the public about future exhibits.

"Un Poco Loco" | Stories of Standards

Feb 2, 2016

“Un Poco Loco” (1951) by Bud Powell was first recorded May 1, 1951 during a Blue Note session with Powell on piano, Curly Russell on bass and Max Roach on drums. According to Nasheet Waits, Max was playing Caribbean-Afro Cuban variations of 5 over 4 with cowbells. Alan Kurtz described Powell’s solos as having “the brilliant clarity of a cosmologist describing far-off galaxies as if he'd been there”. “Un Poco Loco” exemplifies his transformation of jazz piano, particularly the bop styles, with rapid right hand melodic lines accompanied by percussive dissonant chords by the left hand.

John Renehan's The Valley is a top shelf thriller - part mystery novel, part action novel and a classic puzzler.  It's a glimpse into the turmoil that American GIs faced in Afghanistan, and it has numerous similarities to Tom O'Brien's more epic Vietnam War novel, The Things They Carried.

"Lieutenant Black" is sent up country via convoy. to investigate the shooting of a goat, and runs into a shroud of secrecy, secrecy that puts the entire outpost at risk.  (More detail in the audio below.)

Ivey Divey Project: Don Byron

Jan 29, 2016
donbyron.com; info and text from dazzlejazz.com

Dazzle Jazz presents Don Byron on Saturday, February 13 at 7pm and 9pm. For over two decades, Don Byron, a recipient of the first Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, has been a singular voice in an astounding range of musical contexts, exploring widely divergent traditions while continually striving for what he calls "a sound above genre." 

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