Norman Provizer's Jazz Notes


Before we get to the week in music, big time congratulations are in order to Denver’s own Dianne Reeves. The singer has joined the select list of Jazz Masters selected by the National Endowment for the Arts. In addition to Reeves, the 2018 Jazz Master class contains guitarist Pat Metheny, pianist Joanne Brackeen and producer Todd Barkan (for jazz advocacy).

Arturo Gómez

In just about a month, Dazzle will close its doors on Lincoln Street with a performance by Tyler Gilmore and the Ninth and Lincoln Orchestra. Then, on June 1, it will reopen in the much larger and historic Baur’s Building on Curtis Street, just a block or so from the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. The impressive new space will have multiple stages, a record store, a bakery and coffee shop, and a stepped-up menu from Chief Mario Godoy. The core performance space will be double the size of the current Dazzle location.

Mack Avenue Records

On Tuesday and Wednesday, March 21st and 22nd, Hammond B-3 organ master (and trumpeter and vocalist) Joey DeFrancesco brings the week to a close with his The People band at 6 and 8 p.m. on both nights.

Singer Jane Monheit had just entered her 20s when she captured the second spot in the 1998 Thelonious Monk Institute’s international vocal competition – finishing between veteran Teri Thornton, who came in first and passed away in 2000, and Roberta Gambarini who emerged in third place. The New York-raised Monheit, who is at Dazzle on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, began singing at an early age and went to the Manhattan School of Music where she studied with Peter Eldridge (a founding member of New York Voices).


Greg Osby: P. Mauriat

Drummer Louis Hayes and saxophonist Greg Osby are members of two different jazz generations. And this week, you can compare those generations when both players hit the area, working with a number of strong, area-based musicians. The Detroit-born drummer, who turned 79 this year, landed in New York as a teenager and quickly became a member of one of pianist Horace Silver’s classic quintets (with a frontline of trumpeter Blue Mitchell and saxophonist Junior Cook).