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Shedd Institute

If you check out clarinet category in the 65th annual Downbeat “Critics Poll” published this past month, you will find that the top five names listed are Anat Cohen, Paquito D’Rivera, Ken Peplowski, Don Byron and Ben Goldberg. Goldberg is a Denver native, while Byron resettled here a couple of years ago to teach in the Jazz and American Improvised Music program at Metropolitan State University of Denver. And during this musical week, Peplowski visits town for a performance on Wednesday at Nocturne Jazz & Supper Club, 1330 27th in the RiNo district.

Latin jazz Network

It may be a while before we see a repeat of this past week’s amazing lineup of jazz performances. After all, when you can see saxophonist Bobby Watson, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones and pianist/singer Eliane Elias all within a span of just five day, that’s something special. Still, this week finds some serious sounds coming to town.           

Happy Video Network

It sounds like the musical lineup for a major jazz festival: the Herbie Hancock group, Chick Corea’s Elektric Band, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Bobby Watson’s All-Star Quartet and Kansas City Jump Band and Eliane Elias. Well, there is no festival in Denver this week, but all of these players are on tap here over the coming seven days.            


Singer René Marie hasn’t forgotten her days living in Denver and the city certainly hasn’t forgotten her. This week Marie returns to Colorado for a performance at Vail Jazz at Vail Square on Thursday at 6 p.m. ( and a Friday night visit to the new Dazzle, 1512 Curtis, at 6:30 and 9 p.m. (303-839-5102).Marie may have had a late start to her career but she has emerged as a significant voice on the jazz scene. To put it simply, she is an enormously creative singer who sounds like no one but herself. She’s an original.

Fat Babies

This week Evergreen is the place to be as the annual Evergreen Jazz Festival takes over town from Friday through Sunday in five venues. The bands from across the nation as well as Denver that are on stage tend to focus on sounds that go from traditional jazz to mid-mainstream sounds. Among the groups coming in are the Ellis Island Boys, Barnhart-Midiri Quartet, Brain Cloud, Ivory and Gold and the Carl Sonny Leyland Trio.