The ten best jazz shows in Denver this month

Brian Blade, Ron Miles and Bill Frisell will be at Dazzle on February 15 & 16.
Brian Blade, Ron Miles and Bill Frisell will be at Dazzle on February 15 & 16.
Jon Spiral

While January had some stellar shows like Joe Lovano Us Five, February is poised to be an utterly fantastic month for jazz in the Mile High City, especially with shows like the Ron Miles Trio featuring Brian Blade and Bill Frisell at Dazzle, plus dates from Fred Hersch Trio, Kurt Elling, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Rudresh Mahanthappa, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and more. Keep reading for a full rundown of the ten best jazz shows in Denver this month.

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10. BIG BAND BOOGIE @ MERCURY CAFE | SAT. 2/16 Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts is helping keep jazz alive by trying to grow new audiences, as well as train young jazz musicians. The organization's annual Big Band Boogie Bash is an effort to breathe new life into big band music. This year's event features more than 130 musicians performing in six college bands and three high school groups, including ensembles from Metro State University, Colorado State University, CCJA, University of Northern Colorado, DU Lamont School of Music, Kent Denver, CU Boulder and Fairview High School.

The ten best jazz shows in Denver this month

9. DALE BRUNING TRIO @ DAZZLE | SAT, 2/9/13 While Dale Bruning has more than four decades of teaching guitar (Bill Frisell was one his more famous students) under his belt, he's also a heck of jazz guitarist himself. With a fluid, lyrical approach that echoes that of Jim Hall, Bruning is a consummate improviser. His most recent effort, Just Between Us, features Frisell and bassist Michael Moore. Tonight he's joined by bassist Mark Simon and drummer Chris Lee.

The ten best jazz shows in Denver this month

8. JANINE SANTANA & RICHIE COLE @ LANNIE'S | TUES, 2/5/13 Since last fall, MaryLynn Gillaspie (former vocalist of Rare Silk) has been hosting a great jazz series at Lannie's on the first Sunday of the month. This month's show, which was moved to Tuesday because of the Super Bowl, features percussionist Janine Santana, who's equally deft at jazz, Afro-cuban and funk, and legendary jazz alto saxophonist Richie Cole. They'll be joined by trumpeter Gabe Mervine and timbale player Jose Madera (who's performed withTito Puente and Mambo Legends Orchesta), pianist Eric Gunnison and bassist Mark Diamond, and Gillaspie will join the group on vocals.

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