Norman Provizer's Jazz Notes

Every Thursday at 10:30 AM, DownBeat magazine writer Norman Provizer joins the Morning Beat to share upcoming local jazz and blues events. 

Norman has been sharing music events with KUVO listeners for nearly 20 years.

A member of the Jazz Journalists Association, Norman is also a professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver. 

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It’s been 50 years since the Beatles released Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band, the group’s eighth studio recording. On Thursday, the San Francisco (SF) String Trio takes the music from the album out for an intriguing jazz spin at Dazzle, 1512 Curtis. The trio is made up of strong players, Mads Tolling (who can be found in the Turtle Island String Quartet) on violin, Mimi Fox on guitar and Jeff Denson on bass and vocals. And its bow to Sgt., David P. Tracer

The week in live music begins with a bang when Panamanian-born pianist Danilo Pérez wraps up his two-night stay at Dazzle, 1512 Curtis, on Thursday at 6 and 8:30 p.m. (303-839-5100). The pianist is probably best known for being part of Wayne Shorter’s magical rhythm section, but he is a player to behold in any context. This year marks the centennial of Thelonious Monk’s birth and Pérez got a head start on that celebration in 1996 when he released his album PanaMonk.


Since it’s move to the Baur’s Building in downtown Denver, Dazzle has continued to raise the jazz bar in town with appearances, during its first month in operation, by people such as drummer Brian Blade and his Fellowship Band, saxophonist Chris Potter and his quartet, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire and his quartet and singer Catherine Russell. That trend is clearly continuing into July when the club will have organ man Dr.

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It’s that time of year when musical performances celebrating the music of the holiday season are definitely in vogue. At Dazzle this week, for example, there are three different groups offering “Holiday Shows” over the next seven nights. The seasonal activity begins at Dazzle, 930 Lincoln, on Thursday when the Adam Bartczak Republic does its play on holiday-season sounds and more at 6 and 8 p.m. (303-839-5100).