Tuesday, July 13
Diana Krall is the rarest of jazz musicians. For the past ten years, the Canadian-born singer/acoustic pianist has broken all the rules, successfully achieving mass appeal without sacrificing the firm jazz foundation from which her music is born. Her 1999 album, When I Look Into Your Eyes, garnered two Grammys, including one for Best Jazz Vocal Performance, and was nominated for Album of the Year. Krall brings her unique sound to Coors Amphitheater, 6350 Greenwood Plaza, tonight at 7:30 p.m.
But before taking in all that jazz, why not a bit of a warmup? Southern Wine & Spirits and House of Blues Concerts have teamed up to blend wines and gourmet foods with Krall's music. Libations! An Epicurean Celebration will take place in the amphitheater's Sampson Park prior to the show. The event will feature reserve wines from over thirty wineries -- from Ballentine to Trefethen -- as well as signature dishes from several top Colorado restaurants. Tickets are $125 and include a reserved-seat ticket to the concert (concert-only tix are $31 to $63.50). Log on to www.hob.com to purchase yours.
Wednesday, July 14
Big-band leader Glenn Miller wasn't born in Colorado, but he flirted with the state on several occasions. His family lived here briefly, and the famous musician even put in a short stint at the University of Colorado before moving on to pursue his career in music. Wynne Miller, the late trombonist's niece, was born and raised here. No musical slouch herself, the Broadway, music and television star returns to her home town of Greeley today to pay musical tribute to her uncle in honor of the 100th anniversary of his birth. History Alive!, at 7 p.m. at the Centennial Village Museum, 1475 A Street, features the younger Miller, backed by the Board of Directors swing band, performing vocal arrangements of Glenn Miller songs as well as recounting personal memories of her uncle. Food and refreshments are available at the show, and concert-goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs for seating. Tickets are $5 for those ages twelve to 59/$4 for those sixty and up; call 1-970-350-9220 for details.