Denver jazz

Earl Klugh's Weekend of Jazz
10:12 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Earl Klugh, Gregory Porter, David Benoit and more!

Tune in this morning at 11:30 when Victor Cooper is joined by guitarist Earl Klugh. Earl's Annual Weekend of Jazz, held at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, is coming up on April 3 through 5. Get the details on the weekend and all of the artists: Klugh, Gregory Porter, Bavid Benoit, Dave Koz, Aleta Adams, Chuck Loeb and Jonathan Butler. 

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Provizer's Jazz Notes
12:56 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Jazz Notes

CD Release event Sunday night at Dazzle

         Not too long ago, the Canadian pianist/composer Renee Rosnes was in Denver, performing at Dazzle. This week, it’s Renee’s husband, pianist Bill Charlap, who visits Denver for a two-night stand at Dazzle, 930 Lincoln, on Thursday and Friday. Of course, if the two pianists had been in town together, they could have revisited their duo Double Portrait CD on Blue Note. But, instead, Charlap is in town with his trio that has David Wong on bass and Kenny Washington on drums.

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Provizer's Jazz Notes
9:40 am
Thu March 6, 2014

"the tastiest thing to emerge from Philadelphia since the cheese steak sandwich"

Bassist Christian McBride, who is at Dazzle with his trio on Friday and Saturday, just might be the tastiest thing to emerge from Philadelphia since the cheese steak sandwich. Before he even traveled to New York and Julliard in 1989, the young bass master had lots of exposure to the music in his native Philadelphia. Over the years, McBride worked with a host of players starting with Bobby Watson and continuing with Benny Golson, Freddie Hubbard, Roy Hargrove and Benny Green, as well as recording for Verve starting in the mid-1990s. 

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Jazz at the Point
9:45 am
Sun March 2, 2014

Bringing Home the Five Points Sound

Between the 1920s and 50s, the Five Points neighborhood was the heart of Denver's jazz scene. Known as the "Harlem of the West," Five Points played host to all the greats: pianist and bandleader Duke Ellington, singers Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald, saxophonist Charlie Parker, and trumpeter Miles Davis, just to name a few. Local players also kept things cooking, and soon enough the Five Points sound emerged, a brand of jazz characterized by red-hot swing and boundless  joie de vivre. Today, the keeper of the Five Points sound is Purnell Steen and Le Jazz Machine. 

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Provizer's Jazz Notes
10:17 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Jazz along the Front Range

Matt Wilson, at Dazzle this Saturday and Sunday

On Thursday, this week in live music gets going with a big band when alto saxophonist Bobby Watson brings Horizon to Mount Vernon Country Club just west of Denver. The Kansas-born saxophonist turned a lot of heads just a few years after graduating from college when he joined Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers in1977.  In the early 1980s he went from the Messengers to a number of groups, starting Horizon in 1983 with drummer Victor Lewis. Watson is always on my list of favorite alto saxophonists, combining bop fluency with a burning fire.

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