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.

Dazzle Jazz

On Thursday, one of the modern-day giants of the tenor saxophone, Joe Lovano, wraps up is two-night stand at Dazzle, 930 Lincoln. For this visit to Denver, Lovano, who has issued more discs on the Blue Note label than any other artist, has his Classic Quartet with him. That band has an international cast of younger players with Leo Genovese on piano, Peter Slavov on bass and Lamy Istrefi on drums. It is on stage at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. (303-839-5100). 

DR Jazz Festival

It’s another week that starts and ends on a high musical note. On Thursday, to get things started, the master bassist Eddie Gómez spends his second night at Dazzle, 930 Lincoln, as part of the Girshevich Trio; and on Wednesday, the master saxophonist Joe Lovano wraps up the week with the first of his two nights at Dazzle in the company of his Classic Quartet.

Dazzle Jazz

First. Let’s give the drummer some. On Thursday, drum man Kendrick Scott brings his Oracle band to Dazzle, 930 Lincoln. The Houston-born Scott went to the city’s noted High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (as did folk like Jason Moran and Robert Glasper) and then went of to Boston and Berklee College of Music. In 2007, he formed his Oracle band and that’s the group at Dazzle at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday night (303-839-5100).

Chi Modu

After high school, a young bass player from Philadelphia, who was born in 1972, packed his bags and headed to New York to study at Julliard. While there is never a shortage of jazz bass players in the Big Apple, it didn’t take very long for the youngster from the City of Brotherly Love to catch fire in the jazz capital of the world after he arrived there in 1989. It seemed like before you could say Philly cheese steak, the young player, who goes by the name of Christian McBride, was everywhere on the scene.

KC Confidential

The 59th edition of the Grammy Awards® is just a few weeks away. In the jazz category, the nominees for the vocal album of the year this time around are: Kurt Elling’s disc with Branford Marsalis; Gregory Porter’s Take Me to the Alley; Catherine Russell’s Harlem on My Mind; Tierney Sutton’s The Sting Variations; and René Marie’s Sound of Red. And if you were to look at last year’s list of nominees in the jazz vocal category, you would find Karrin Allyson’s Motema CD, Many a New Day.