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Pianist Geri Allen - RIP at age 60

Geri Allen – Composer / Pianist / Bandleader Jun 12, 1957 – June 27, 2017 Edited from NPR and WBGO’s David Adler: Geri Allen , a widely influential jazz pianist, composer and educator who defied classification while steadfastly affirming her roots in the hard-bop tradition of her native Detroit, died Tuesday in Philadelphia. She was 60. The cause was cancer, said Ora Harris, her manager of 30 years. Allen made her mark as a venturesome improviser on notable albums with the saxophonist...

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Vail Jazz Festival Kick-off

Join Vail Jazz in celebrating the the 100th birthday of the genre! In 1917, New Orleans-based a Dixieland Jass Band record was the first to be stamped as "jazz," and the city maintains its reputation as the heart of jazz music to this day. The 23rd Annual Vail Jazz Festival features music and performers from all over the United States and across the globe, but the New Orleans theme recurs periodically -- here's what to look for.

The Vail Jazz Gala on July 10 , entitled From...

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9th Annual WWII Era 1940s Ball | June 17

May 12, 2017

The theme is Glamorous 1940s Hollywood with NEW! “Officer’s Club VIP Lounge” on Saturday, June 17 at 6pm at the Boulder Airport. Enter our hangar made into Casablanca’s Rick’s Café Americain—w/belly dancers and even a roulette table that attendees can play on!

Also world renowned Bob Hope impersonator Bill Johnson, 1940’s cars, an authentic attire contest, Swing dance lessons, Singles Taxi Dancing & dance contest!

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Gentrification.  Denver's highest priced neighborhood.  A legacy of jazz.  Any guesses?  Redline's executive director Louise Martorano visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis" to describe her arts organization's summer outreach to the Five Points community.

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The Colorado Rockies are building momentum, so there are even more reasons to visit 20th and Blake this season.  Denver.Eater.com's Gigi Sukin wrote up the literal smorgasbord and visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis" to talk about it.

The Vinyl Vault will feature a 1979 album from Ian Carr’s Nucleus entitled, “Out of the Long Dark.” British trumpeter Ian Carr was a leader in a number of movements in the 50s, 60s and 70s including being a bebop pioneer in his youth, a collaborator with Eric Burdon and John McLaughlin in R n B, a proponent of free jazz and a leader in British fusion with his band Nucleus. Carr, who passed away in 2009 at the age of 75, was also interested in the written word, being a co-editor of the Rough Guide to Jazz. He also wrote biographies of Miles Davis and Keith Jarrett.

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As the countdown to the relocation of Dazzle to the historic Baur’s Building at 15th and Curtis continues, the stream of jazz flowing through the club at its Lincoln Street home remains something special with pianist Gerald Clayton’s trio, clarinetist Anat Cohen with Trio Brasileiro and pianist/singer Eliane Elias with her trio all on stage during the coming week.

JAS Aspen Snowmass June Experience!| June 23-25

May 9, 2017
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Don’t miss Earth Wind & Fire, Michael McDonald, Jon Batiste, Tower of Power, Lisa Fischer & more, June 23-25 in Aspen!

It’s often said that fiction more than anything mirrors life.  In his unnerving geo-political thriller “Twilight’s Last Gleaming,” John Michael Greer (no relation) drives home this concept.

Eliane Elias Trio | May 17 & 18

May 7, 2017

Elias is known for her distinctive and immediately recognizable musical style which blends her Brazilian roots, her sensuous, alluring voice with her impressive instrumental jazz, classical and compositional skills. With 26 albums to date demonstrating her unique gifts as a pianist, singer, composer, arranger, and producer as well as melding her immense talents in jazz, pop, classical and Brazilian music, Eliane Elias is as Jazziz magazine has called her, “A citizen of the world” and “an artist beyond category.”

Let the Beat Speak | Wednesdays in May

May 7, 2017

Let the Beat Speak is a throwback jazz, funk, and soul band made up of Mark Donovan on keys, Dan Schwindt on guitar,  Greg Wahl on tenor, Terrel Martin on drums, and Paige Sundusky on the mic. Their 4 week series will focus on performing select charts from the bands of the hardest workin' man in show business, the Godfather of Soul, Mr. Dynamite: Mr. James Brown!

Vail Jazz Party! | Labor Day Weekend

May 5, 2017

The grand finale of both the Vail Jazz Festival and the beautiful Colorado summer season, the Vail Jazz Party features a jam-packed lineup with over 35 headliners that join together to play in group performances, multi-artist jam sessions, and inspiring multimedia tributes to jazz legends. Vail Jazz Party features a House Band with John Clayton, Terell Stafford, Wycliffe Gordon, Bill Cunliffe, and Lewis Nash.

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