Provizer's Jazz Notes

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.

"Jazz showers all over the place"

Apr 3, 2014

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History has designated April as Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM). And in Colorado, the month begins with jazz showers all over the place. Beginning on Thursday and running through Saturday, there’s the 11th annual Weekend of Jazz hosted by guitarist Earl Klugh at the Broadmoor, 1 Lake Ave., in Colorado Springs. Klugh’s weekend draws a huge crowd to the Broadmoor that, itself, is about as top-shelf a venue imaginable. 

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. 

Jazz Notes

Mar 14, 2014

         Not too long ago, the Canadian pianist/composer Renee Rosnes was in Denver, performing at Dazzle. This week, it’s Renee’s husband, pianist Bill Charlap, who visits Denver for a two-night stand at Dazzle, 930 Lincoln, on Thursday and Friday. Of course, if the two pianists had been in town together, they could have revisited their duo Double Portrait CD on Blue Note. But, instead, Charlap is in town with his trio that has David Wong on bass and Kenny Washington on drums.