Norman Provizer's Jazz Notes

The great Denver raised guitarist Bill Frisell performs on Wednesday with his trio, consisting of bassist Thomas Morgan and drummer Rudy Royston. That trio plays the Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St. in Boulder, at 8 p.m. on Wednesday (303-786-7030). Born in Baltimore in 1951, Frisell grew up in Denver and attended East High School. As the 1980s began, Frisell began his connection to the ECM label, releasing his first disc as a leader on ECM in 1983.

Chicago Tribune

In Estes Park this weekend, the Colorado jazz fest season gets going with the 27th edition of the two-day Estes Park Jazz Festival and Art Walk. The event runs on Saturday and Sunday from noon until 5 p.m. and features a number of area-based artists plus the noted trumpet man Jeremy Pelt and his quintet. Saturday’s lineup has the Estes Park Big Band kicking things off at noon, followed by the Max Wagner Quartet, the Gabriel Mervine Quartet and the Chipman-Hancock Collective.


If Miles Davis had not passed away in 1991, the Picasso of jazz would have celebrated his 92nd birthday on Saturday and could have still been playing. After all, drummer Roy Haynes performs at 93-years old and saxophonist Jimmy Heath does the same at 91. But with Miles, we have to settle for tributes and on Saturday at Dazzle, 1512 Curtis, there’s one that explores his plugged-in, electric years.

The Daily Camera

Let’s start with a spot that I generally don’t write about, the Be on Key Psychedelic Ripple club. On Thursday and Friday, the club on Logan at 17th St. offers the first U.S. performance since 2011 from the band Garaj Mahal (303-861-7070). As its name indicates, Garaj Mahal is a jazz fusion group that brings together touches of rock, funk and Indian music with guitarist Fareed Haque, German-born bassist Kai Eckhardt, drummer Sean Rickman and keyboardist Eric Levy.

Ticket Fly

There are a lot of opportunities to appreciate jazz during the current week of Jazz Appreciation Month. Here are the highlights. First up is guitarist Earl Klugh’s Weekend of Jazz at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. This is the 15th year of the weekend of crossover jazz organized by the acoustic guitarist and company that usually sells out the 1,100 seats at the famed hotel/resort’s International Center.