Morning Beat

Weekdays, 9 AM to Noon

Victor treats you to straight-ahead jazz, vocals and instrumentals.

The Morning Beat features a "romantic spotlight" tune twice every morning, and also hosts a variety of book and cultural reviews.

Arturo Gómez

1917 was a very good year. During its 12-month run, that year saw the birth of Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Thelonious Monk, Nat “King” Cole, Buddy Rich and Tadd Dameron among others. In line with that simple fact, there string of events celebrating the birth of these notable jazz giants. On Tuesday, one of those events takes place in town when trumpeter Byron Stripling and singer Carmen Bradford bring their Ella and Louis magic to the new Dazzle, 1512 Curtis.

All About Jazz

Manuel Valera came to the USA  from Cuba as a saxophonist. But once in the US, Valera turned to the piano full time as a student at New York University. Beginning with his debut release in 2004, Forma Nueva, Valera established an attractive blend of Latin styles and post-bop jazz in his music with several different bands. At Dazzle on Thursday, he is in town with one of them – a trio that has Hans Glawischnig on bass and E.J. Strickland on drums.


Since it’s move to the Baur’s Building in downtown Denver, Dazzle has continued to raise the jazz bar in town with appearances, during its first month in operation, by people such as drummer Brian Blade and his Fellowship Band, saxophonist Chris Potter and his quartet, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire and his quartet and singer Catherine Russell. That trend is clearly continuing into July when the club will have organ man Dr.


Before we get to the week in music, big time congratulations are in order to Denver’s own Dianne Reeves. The singer has joined the select list of Jazz Masters selected by the National Endowment for the Arts. In addition to Reeves, the 2018 Jazz Master class contains guitarist Pat Metheny, pianist Joanne Brackeen and producer Todd Barkan (for jazz advocacy).

Ellyn Rucker

This week it’s Brazilian-born pianist/singer Eliane Elias who kicks off our musical calendar with the final sets of her two-night stand at Dazzle, 930 Lincoln, at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. on Thursday. Her latest CD is titled Dance of Time and, at Dazzle, she has a trio with Marc Johnson on bass and Rafael Barata on drums (303-839-5100).