The ten best jazz shows in Colorado this month

Esperanza Spalding kicks off a pair of Colorado dates on Tuesday, September 25, at the Boulder Theater, and appears the following night at the Ogden Theatre.
Esperanza Spalding kicks off a pair of Colorado dates on Tuesday, September 25, at the Boulder Theater, and appears the following night at the Ogden Theatre.
Johann Sauty

Denver gets its share of national jazz talent, but September proves to be an exceptionally good month, with some legendary folks like Esperanza Spalding, John Ambercrombie, David Torn, Brian Blade and Allison Miller coming to town, as well as a fine selection of estimable local talent. Keep reading for a rundown of the ten best jazz shows this month.

See also: - Five best concerts this week, September10-14

The ten best jazz shows in Colorado this month

10. KEITH OXMAN @ DAZZLE | FRI, 9/14/12 One of the area's finest tenor players, Keith Oxman has released a number of albums under his own name, but he's also performed with legends like Art Blakey, Buddy Rich and Sonny Stitt, and he plays with Curtis Fuller every time the trombonist is in town. Oxman can swing with the best of them, and he's as deft at weaving intricate lines on tracks like John Coltrane's "26-2" as he is with ballads.

The ten best jazz shows in Colorado this month

9. DAVID AMRAM @ DAZZLE | MON, 9/17/12 David Amram shared a close connection with Neal Cassady, Jack Kerouac and other Beats while also being a jazz musician who collaborated with Charlie Parker, Charles Mingus and Oscar Pettiford. Amram has also composed more than a hundred orchestral and chamber works, in addition to scoring the films Splendor in the Grass and The Manchurian Candidate. While he's a skilled pianist, he's usually got an assortment of instruments; don't be surprised if he busts out Sonny Rollins's "St. Thomas" on the pennywhistle. In addition to the Dazzle show, Amram will be at the Mercury Cafe on Sunday, September 16, for a reading, Q&A session and for the Colorado premier of the new documentary David Amram: The First 80 Years, and he's slated to be part of a Woody Guthrie tribute with the Colorado Symphony on Saturday, September 22.

The ten best jazz shows in Colorado this month

8. JOSHUA TRINIDAD @ MEADOWLARK | THU, 9/20/12 With more than two decades of playing trumpet under his belt, Joshua Trinidad knows his way around jazz, and he's a hell of an improviser. On BUCK, a soundtrack he wrote to accompany ten photos captured by New York-based photographer Chris Buck, he explores some different ground. Trinidad is no stranger to electronic music, as evidenced by last year's Weighing in for Pole Vaulting EP, and he's been known to sometimes run his trumpet through effect pedals, à la Cuong Vu, but the horn isn't necessarily the main focus on his latest disc, a somewhat ambient and introspective release that shows just how versatile of a musician he is.


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