Norman Provizer

Annual "DownBeat Critics Poll": Provizer's Jazz Notes

Apr 24, 2014


Musical Highlights from Dr. Provizer

Apr 10, 2014

            This year’s annual Metro State Jazz Celebration has percussionist Jose Madera as its special guest. For many years, the New York-born Madera helped propel the Tito Puente Orchestra, along with serving as the band’s music director. After that long run, Madera spent the first decade of the 2000s with the Latin Giants of Jazz. And more recently, he is has been a member of the Mambo Legends Orchestra made up of many of the players who worked with Puente.

Spring's musical start: Provizer's Jazz Notes

Mar 20, 2014

March has been a merry month for jazz trios. Before we even had a chance to recover from the ides of March, both bassist Christian McBride and pianist Bill Charlap brought their threesomes to Dazzle. And that’s going to continue in April when pianist Brad Mehldau brings his trio to the Boulder Theater on April 6 (303-786-7030) and the Bad Plus hits Dazzle on April 29-30. 

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. 

XXX: "taking a gumbo approach to the music"

Feb 20, 2014

This week in live music gets off to a very strong start when New Orleans trumpeter Nicholas Payton brings his XXX trio to Dazzle on Thursday and Friday.