Jazz drummer Jeremy Jones grew up in Denver, but for the past five years he's lived in Seattle, where he plays in a number of bands, including his trio, the Teaching, and another outfit called the Xtet. On the last group's latest album, Awakening to Life, Jones shows off his first-rate compositional skills as well as some deft timekeeping chops. He undoubtedly picked those up while studying at Duke University, where he transcribed over seventy drum solos by jazz masters such as Philly Joe Jones, Art Blakey and Roy Haynes, among others. Jones comes back to Denver frequently to perform with his longtime friend Serafin Sanchez in a quintet named after both musicians. Trumpeter Greg Gisbert, keyboardist Ben Markley and bassist Bijoux Barbosa will join forces with Jones and Sanchez to interpret a number of the drummer's originals from Life.