Norman Provizer's Jazz Notes

Latin jazz Network

It may be a while before we see a repeat of this past week’s amazing lineup of jazz performances. After all, when you can see saxophonist Bobby Watson, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones and pianist/singer Eliane Elias all within a span of just five day, that’s something special. Still, this week finds some serious sounds coming to town.           


Singer René Marie hasn’t forgotten her days living in Denver and the city certainly hasn’t forgotten her. This week Marie returns to Colorado for a performance at Vail Jazz at Vail Square on Thursday at 6 p.m. ( and a Friday night visit to the new Dazzle, 1512 Curtis, at 6:30 and 9 p.m. (303-839-5102).Marie may have had a late start to her career but she has emerged as a significant voice on the jazz scene. To put it simply, she is an enormously creative singer who sounds like no one but herself. She’s an original.

Fat Babies

This week Evergreen is the place to be as the annual Evergreen Jazz Festival takes over town from Friday through Sunday in five venues. The bands from across the nation as well as Denver that are on stage tend to focus on sounds that go from traditional jazz to mid-mainstream sounds. Among the groups coming in are the Ellis Island Boys, Barnhart-Midiri Quartet, Brain Cloud, Ivory and Gold and the Carl Sonny Leyland Trio.

Arturo Gómez

1917 was a very good year. During its 12-month run, that year saw the birth of Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Thelonious Monk, Nat “King” Cole, Buddy Rich and Tadd Dameron among others. In line with that simple fact, there string of events celebrating the birth of these notable jazz giants. On Tuesday, one of those events takes place in town when trumpeter Byron Stripling and singer Carmen Bradford bring their Ella and Louis magic to the new Dazzle, 1512 Curtis.

All About Jazz

Manuel Valera came to the USA  from Cuba as a saxophonist. But once in the US, Valera turned to the piano full time as a student at New York University. Beginning with his debut release in 2004, Forma Nueva, Valera established an attractive blend of Latin styles and post-bop jazz in his music with several different bands. At Dazzle on Thursday, he is in town with one of them – a trio that has Hans Glawischnig on bass and E.J. Strickland on drums.