On Stage: Vail Jazz @ Vail Square — Nachito Hererra

This Sunday, July 22, at 4pm, KUVO’s performance series “On Stage” heats up with the piano of Nachito Herrera, captured live at Vail Square!

Born Ignacio Herrera in Cuba, “Nachito” grew up as a piano phenomenon, performing with the Havana Symphony Orchestra at age 12. He’s played with orchestras world-wide, but his Latin jazz legacy was as the musical director for Cubanismo! A composer and arranger, he’s toured the world’s top jazz festivals and gathered awards including Grammys,...

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Stories of Standards: Giant Steps


City Park Jazz: Mistura Fina Band | July 22

Mistura Fina was founded by percussionist Frank Ayala in 2000 and is currently co-led with saxophonist Alex Nekrasov. Based in Denver, the group regularly performs concerts at festivals, nightclubs, special events, and other venues. It’s critically acclaimed recording, A Little Bit of This and a Little Bit of That, is a representation of Mistura Fina’s various musical influences.

Mistura Fina, loosely translated from Portuguese, means “A Fine Mixture” and in the music of Mistura...

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Baur's Day at Dazzle | July 18

Jul 13, 2018

Dazzle is celebrating the 137th Birthday of Baur's! Come out and join the fun! Music and treats for everyone all day long! Wednesday, July 18 starting at 9am.

Schedule of events:
9am - 11am, Free coffee & pancakes
11am - close, $1.37 tacos on patio
11am - 8pm, Free ice cream
All Day - Free Live Music
6:30pm - 8:30pm, Free music provided by Sons of Steinway

Open Option: An Evening with The Other Black | July 18

Jul 13, 2018

Open Option is an incubator for relevant experimentation. A call to action towards inclusive collaboration. We invite artists and listeners from seemingly disparate scenes to come together to explore the sound of Denver's now.

In practice: The Other Black will serve as the house band, and each month will feature an electronic producer. The intent is to provide a space for electronic musicians and live vocalists, MC's, and instrumentalists to explore fresh new textures that may not currently have a home here in Denver.

Django Festival All-Stars at Vail Square | July 19

Jul 13, 2018

Honoring the music of the great Gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt (1910-1953), the five All-Stars combine their stunning virtuosity and creative interpretations with Django’s driving, swinging style.  Rendered with great energy and precision by multiple guitars, bass, accordion and violin, the Django Festival All-Stars channel the brilliance and intensity of Django with infectious enthusiasm and world-class musicianship.

This week’s Vinyl Vault will feature Mongo Santamaria "Mongo Explodes at the Village Gate." Join host Pete Simon as he sits in for Geoff Anderson on the Vinyl Vault and the Night Beat, Tuesday, July 17 at 8:30 on KUVO Jazz.

City Park Jazz: Pat Bianchi Trio | July 15

Jul 12, 2018

Two-time Grammy-nominated organist and winner of Downbeat Magazine’s 2016 rising star poll Pat Bianchi, has established himself as one of the principal organists on the scene today. His command of the instrument, harmonic prowess, rhythmic intensity, and versatility are rivaled by few. His most recent release, A Higher Standard featuring Byron Landham and Craig Ebner, exemplifies Bianchi's superiority and finesse in the organ trio setting, bringing jazz standards to a completely 'higher' level. When Pat is not leading his own trio, he performs regularly with jazz guitar icon, Pat Martino.

Pat Bianchi

City Park Jazz continues on Sunday with Hammond B-3 player Pat Bianchi returning to Denver for an event that should mark the jazz-highlight of this year’s series in the Park. After Bianchi returned to the east coast after an extended time in Denver, he began a quick march up the ranks of organ masters, moving to the top of the list of rising-star players in the 2016 DownBeat “Critics Poll.” He’s a regular with both guitarist Pat Martino and alto saxophonist Lou Donaldson. Bianchi takes stage at 6pm.

Cine en el Parque / Movies at the Park

Jul 12, 2018

It's the fourth season of Cine en el Parque / Movies at the Park and it will bring great surprises. The season is now through August 8 at various parks in and around Denver. Lots of fun for the whole family. Sponsors will be present to offer their products and services, and there will be plenty of opportunities to win prizes,” explained Manuel Tejada, president of El Comercio de Colorado & CASA Magazine, who presents the event. These events are completely free.

Photo Courtesy of David Leander Williams

From the 1930’s to the early 1970’s America’s big cities streets teemed with Jazz. Central Avenue in Los Angeles, Beale Street. in Memphis, 52nd Street in New York, and Welton Street in Denver to name a few.

Too often, one important street on this impressive list is left off, Indiana Avenue in Indianapolis. David Leander Williams reflects extensively on the history of Indiana Avenue and its jazz legacy in his book Indianapolis Jazz: The Masters, Legends, and Legacy of Indiana Avenue.

Photo Courtesy of National Endowment for the Arts

Today, the National Endowment for the Arts announced the four newest recipients of their lifetime honor, The NEA Jazz Masters Fellowships. The members of the 2019 class are: composer Maria Schneider, jazz historian Stanley Crouch, pianist Abdullah Ibrahim, and the late vocalist Bob Dorough.

Recipients are chosen based on their contributions to jazz. Becoming an NEA Jazz Master is the highest honor to receive in jazz. Congratulations to the class of 2019!


Back by popular demand, join the Denver Brass and 17th Avenue Allstars for Good Vibrations! Featuring classic hits worthy of any summer playlist, come relive the magic of America’s golden age of rock through the nostalgic sounds of The Beach Boys, Elvis, Earth Wind and Fire, The Beatles, Chicago, and more. Gather friends and family of all ages for a memorable evening under the stars!



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