Morning Beat

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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.

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.

Houston Person--Experience NoMad

It’s that time of year when musical performances celebrating the music of the holiday season are definitely in vogue. At Dazzle this week, for example, there are three different groups offering “Holiday Shows” over the next seven nights. The seasonal activity begins at Dazzle, 930 Lincoln, on Thursday when the Adam Bartczak Republic does its play on holiday-season sounds and more at 6 and 8 p.m. (303-839-5100).

Rudy Royston---Twitter

You never know how things will work out for musicians. But just over 30 years ago, I heard a 15-year drummer who seemed destined to rise to the top of his craft. That was in Shreveport, Louisiana, where I was teaching at one of the universities, and the name of that young monster player was Brain Blade. I never quite had a similar feeling about a younger drummer until I heard Rudy Royston here in Denver. Royston honed his skills with a number of players on the scene here, most notably the great trumpet/cornet player Ron Miles.

Greg Osby: P. Mauriat

Drummer Louis Hayes and saxophonist Greg Osby are members of two different jazz generations. And this week, you can compare those generations when both players hit the area, working with a number of strong, area-based musicians. The Detroit-born drummer, who turned 79 this year, landed in New York as a teenager and quickly became a member of one of pianist Horace Silver’s classic quintets (with a frontline of trumpeter Blue Mitchell and saxophonist Junior Cook).