Norman Provizer's Jazz Notes

Homecoming Week | Norman Provizer's Jazz Notes

Feb 9, 2018
Westword

From 2012 to 2016, five artists from Denver or players who have a close connection to the city rose to the top spot in seven of the categories found in DownBeat magazine’s annual “Critic’s Poll.” The musicians are: alto saxophonist/soprano saxophonist/flautist Tia Fuller (who earned the top spot for all three instruments); drummer Rudy Royston; trumpeter Kirk Knuffke (who actually plays cornet); singer René Marie; and Hammond B-3 man Pat Bianchi.

All About the Singers | Norman Provizer's Jazz Notes

Jan 12, 2018

This week it’s all about singers as both Tierney Sutton and Diane Schuur come to town.  First up is the LA-based and Wisconsin-born Sutton who released her first album in 1998. Sutton is a talented vocalist who simply bills herself as part of the Tierney Sutton Band along with pianist Christian Jacob, drummer Ray Brinker and bassists Kevin Axt and Trey Henry.

Jazz Speaks

When tenor saxophonist Ravi Coltrane performed at Dazzle in its old Lincoln Street location, the pianist in his quartet was Glenn Zaleski. The only other time I had heard the Massachusetts-born pianist live was when he appeared in Denver as part of the cooperative trio Stranahan/Zaleski/ Rosato. On Wednesday, the S/Z/R trio (that has two CDs out on the Denver Capri Records label), is back in town.

Dazzle at Baur's

It’s appropriate that the major event during the musical week that includes Christmas is a family reunion. On Wednesday, the incredibly talented Fuller family gathers at Dazzle, 1512 Curtis, to celebrate bassist Fred Fuller’s 70th birthday at 6 and 8:30 p.m. (303-839-5100). Think about this: the bassist’s daughter Tia Fuller is among the fastest rising stars in jazz, while another daughter, Shamie Fuller-Royston, is a fine pianist and superb composer who has several discs under her belt.

Dazzle at Baur's

Back in 1989, I was in Denver for a job interview. It was my first visit to the Centennial State and I did what I do whenever I am in a new city – check to see if there is any jazz around. One of the items I came across was a listing saying that Joe Bonner was playing piano at the bar in the Wynkoop Brewpub. Like any jazz fan, I knew who Bonner was. Could this be the same player who worked with tenor saxophonist Pharoah Sanders and who was on the very first release from the famed label Black Saint (Black Saint by tenor saxophonist Billy Harper in 1975)?

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