The five best jazz shows in Denver in August
JOHN SCOFIELD'S UBERJAM BAND @ BOULDER THEATER | THU, 8/1/13 John Scofield's never been one to settle in any particular musical style. Deft in a number of them, he always seems to find ways to reinvent himself. With 1998's A Go Go, he tapped into a whole new audience by enlisting Medeski, Martin & Wood to play on the disc. While the chameleon-like guitarist established himself as a respected jazz player who played with Miles Davis and has also delved into fusion, with A Go Go, Scofield fully embraced the jazz-funk idiom. Scofield used jazz-funk as a base on 2002's Uberjam while also tossing in some occasional drum and bass. More than a decade later, he recruited some of the same players, such as guitarist Avi Bortnick and drummer Adam Deitch, for the groove-centric Uberjam Deux, which was just released.
Catch Dr. Lonnie Smith and a bunch of other esteemed jazz players at the Telluride Jazz Festival.
TELLURIDE JAZZ FESTIVAL @ TELLURIDE TOWN PARK | 8/2/13-8/4/13 Over the past three decades, the Telluride Jazz Festival has established itself as one of the state's premier jazz gatherings by bringing nationally and internationally recognized jazz acts, as well as the occasional funk band. This year's lineup includes guest of honor Lonnie Smith, along with the Stanley Clarke Band, John Scofield's UberJam Band, Galactic, Meshell Ndegeocello, the Motet, the New Orleans Suspects and the Stooges Brass Band, among others.
EL CHAPULTEPEC 80TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION | 8/4/13-8/10/13 While there are rumors that El Chapultepec was operating as a speakeasy during Prohibition, it actually opened legally at the end of Prohibition, in 1933. Over the past eight decades, the infamous jazz and blues club has hosted a number of jazz greats such as Ella Fitzgerald, Chet Baker and Eddie Harris, as well as a host of other distinguished guests, including rockers like Bono and Mick Jagger and former president Bill Clinton. To commemorate its eightieth anniversary, the bar will kick off a week-long celebration featuring Freddie Rodriguez Sr. Quartet, TeraBlu, the Heavy Heavies, Diana Castro Funk Band, Judge Roughneck and Byron Shaw Projex, as well as a blues jam with David Booker on Monday, August 5.
THE COOKERS @ DAZZLE | THU & FRI, 8/8/13-8/9/13 The Cookers are a group of jazz all-stars that trumpeter David Weiss put together six years ago featuring a group of seasoned veterans, some of whom have more than five decades of experience. Saxophonist Billy Harper, for example, was a member of groups led by Lee Morgan and Max Roach and did a two-year stint with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. Then there's trumpeter Eddie Henderson and drummer Billy Hart, who were both part of Herbie Hancock's electric Mwandishi ensemble. Pianist George Cables, meanwhile, played with Dexter Gordon and Art Pepper, and bassist Cecil McBee was part of Charles Lloyd's famed 1960s quartet with Keith Jarrett and Jack DeJohnette.
PONCHO SANCHEZ @ J.A. BALISTRERI VINEYARDS | SAT, 8/10/13 As part of KUVO's annual Live at the Vineyards, the radio station is bringing in the legendary Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band to play this year's event, which includes wine tasting, a silent auction and a gourmet feast from seventeen local restaurants. Since getting his start in Cal Tjader's band in the mid-'70s, Sanchez has gone on to release dozens of album, including Latin Soul, which the percussionist and his ensemble won a Grammy for Best Latin Jazz album, and 2011's Chano y Dizzy!, on which Sanchez honors the legacy of two main pioneers of Latin jazz, Chano Pozo and Dizzy Gillespie.
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