Yes, it's Jazz Appreciation Month and at KUVO we are celebrating with live performances broadcast from the Phyllis A. Greer Performance Studio. You can come down and attend, if you're a Studio Club member (contact Arvida via e-mail or phone at 303-446-7631). You can tune in over the airwaves at 89.3FM Denver, 88.5FM Vail or 89.7FM Breck; you can stream us at www.kuvo.org, or listen via our free app - available here.
Thurs. 4/10, 4pm - The Jason Klobnak Quintet - Jason Klobnak - trumpet; Elijah Samuels - tenor sax; Annie Booth - piano; Ian Hutchison - bass; Paul Mullikin - drums. The Klobnak Quintet is formed of graduates of the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver. Their latest (and first) album, "Mountain, Move" was released last year.
Tues. 4/15, 7pm - Metro State University of Denver Jazz Ensemble - under the direction of Ron Miles
Thurs. 4/17, 5pm - The Aleks Girshevich Trio - Aleks Girschevich - drums; Vlad Girshevich - piano; Alex Nekrasov - Saxophone and EWI At the age of thirteen, Uzbekistan-born, Denver-raised Aleks is already a formidable drummer and bandleader, having studied and played with his father Vlad for years. Alek's first album "Tomorrow" was released in 2012.
Fri. 4/18, 4pm - Björn Thoroddsen – solo guitar A virtuosic player from Iceland, Mr. Thoroddsen is equally at home in Jazz, Blues, Folk and Rock styles. He's in town this month headlining "Guitarama" at Swallow Hill on April 19th.
Sat. 4/19, 12 noon - The Eric Gunnison Group - side players to be announced. Eric is a member of the Jazz faculty at DU's Lamont School of music, leader of several projects, a member of Convergence, and a former Carmen McRae accompanist
Tues. 4/22, 10pm – SuperCollider - Jon Gray - trumpet & vocal; Jonathan Lee Stewart - tenor sax; Dan Schwindt - guitar; Greg Tanner Harris - keyboards; John Grigsby - bass; Zach Littlefield - drums; Devon Parker - vocal. Jazzy-funky superstars from the Denver/Boulder scene.
Wed. 4/23, 5pm - Tom Gershwin & Perry Smith - Tom Gershwin - trumpet; Perry Smith - guitar Tom and Perry released an albums of duets, "Sweet Pastimes" on Dazzle Recordings in 2012. NYC-based Perry is a member of the New West Guitar Group, performing at Dazzle (with Mr. Gershwin as special guest) at Dazzle on April 24. Tom is a Denver-based player with performs with the Legacy Jazz Orchestra, Soul Explosion, and many other groups.
Thurs. 4/24, 7pm - Jon Wirtz's NuSkool - Jon Wirtz - piano & keyboards; Tyson Ailshie - bass; Daniel Hogans - drums Jon Wirtz is an Ohio-raised, Denver-based player who has led a number of projects and has appeared with many groups. Inspired by the masters of the past as well as the innovators of the present, Nuskool is shaped by elaborate original compositions, pocket grooves, and forward thinking mentality. This is not your parent’s jazz.
Fri. 4/25, 4pm - The Teresa Carroll Quartet Teresa - vocal; Doug Roche - piano; Ron Bland - bass; Todd Reid - drums. A longtime Colorado favorite, vocalist Teresa Carroll has followed up her superb 2004 album Smile with a new recording, Live at Dazzle, which will soon be released on CIMP Records.
Wed. 4/30, 5pm - The Rich Chiaraluce Quintet Rich Chiaraluce - alto sax; Al Hood - trumpet; Dave Hanson - piano; Ken Walker - bass; Todd Reid - drums Rich is a highly respected sideman and educator in town. Most of his band comes from the Jazz faculty at DU's Lamont School of Music (except for Todd, who teaches at CU-Denver).
Thurs. 4/30, 7pm- The Big Panic Big Band - Gary LeFrancois - drummer and leader Formerly known as the "Buddy Project Big Band". They specialize in charts and music made famous by the volcanic Buddy Rich Big Band and they feature many players who perform with the great Metropolitan and Ultraphonic Jazz Orchestras.