Wayne Shorter, who headlines the UNC/Greeley Jazz Festival on Friday, April 25, doesn't have typical days. The 80-year-old saxophone legend, who was a member of the Miles Davis Quintet and Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, says it's all an adventure. The day we speak with him, Shorter tells us he is "ju ... More >>
FRI | PENTAGRAM at SUMMIT MUSIC HALL | 2/28/14 If you've seen Last Days Here, you're familiar with the frustrating tale of Pentagram. Formed in Virginia in the early '70s, the pioneering psychedelic metal band should have, by all accounts, realized massive worldwide fame. Instead, success evaded the ... More >>
An integral part of jazz is the swing feel, and drummers are often the ones stoking that fire, helping to propel the song, as well as the other players involved. While the saxophonists, trumpeters, pianists and guitarists all get their fair share of attention, the importance of a great drummer can't ... More >>
Like sax players, any discussion of the best trumpeters is likely to involve some of the same names. And that's not happenstance. It's because the playing of those greats is so distinctive, prodigious and influential that it truly stands out among countless other horn players. Keep reading for a run ... More >>
YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND @ RED ROCKS | SAT, 8/10/13 If any band typifies the Colorado approach to contemporary bluegrass, it's Yonder Mountain String Band. The quartet built up its chops playing in venues in Boulder, Nederland and beyond in the late 1990s, and its fusion of traditional instrument ... More >>
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 different styles, he always seems to find ways to reinvent himself. With 1998's A Go Go, guitarist John Scofield tapped into a whole new audience ... More >>
BLKHRTS (MIXTAPE RELEASE) @ MARQUIS | SAT, 7/27/13 BLKHRTS have crafted an utterly riveting hybrid sound that centers on retro-futuristic production that is both unique and progressive. Live, the crew brings an unbridled energy that's as ferocious as Onyx, as primal as Body Count and as frenzied and ... More >>
In this week's Rough Mix with trumpeter Terence Blanchard, who is due at Dazzle this Saturday and Sunday, we spoke with him about recruiting younger players and how composing for film has rubbed off on his jazz playing. In this extended Q&A, he talks about new Blue Note effort, Magnetic, more about ... More >>
GLENN TAYLOR ORCHESTRA @ DAZZLE | TUE., 7/23/13 Rarely is the pedal steel used outside of country music, but Glenn Taylor is one of the few who takes the instrument to completely different places, especially when he's playing with folks like Ron Miles or Matt Skellenger. While Taylor explores jazz, ... More >>
A few years ago, Jon Spencer was getting the Blues Explosion's Matador albums ready for expanded reissues when he thought about getting the band back together after an extended hiatus began taking root. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion subsequently regrouped and spent the intervening years touring, w ... More >>
TRIBUTE TO CHET BAKER @ DAZZLE | WED, 6/5 Last month marked the 25th anniversary of legendary trumpeter Chet Baker's death after falling out of a hotel room window in Amsterdam. So in honor of Baker's life, local trumpeter Justin Peterson is presenting a new concert series, "I Miss You, Chet," in wh ... More >>
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 ... More >>
Ah, yes, we've reached the end of another glorious week in the Rockies, which can only mean another dope weekend of music in the Mile High City. Lenny Kravitz kicks things off tonight with a show at the Buell Theatre, Widespread Panic pulls into the Fillmore for a three-night stand, TaunTaun returns ... More >>
Thursday and Friday, March 3 and 4, Dazzle, 303-839-5100.
Saturday, August 16, Dazzle, 303-839-5100.
Like the masters he learned from, this alto-saxman likes to fly by the seat of his pants.
Curtis Fuller Thursday, July 17, 2008 (second set) Dazzle Better Than: Fishing with some really good bait. John Coltrane’s Blue Train was one of the most celebrated albums Curtis Fuller played on, so it seemed fitting for the trombonist to open up the set with “Maze,” a song he wrote with ... More >>
He's played with the best, and now he's one of the best.
Ari Hoenig Punk Bop Trio Saturday, February 16 Dazzle Better than: Most jazz shows I’ve seen in the last six months. Ari Hoenig is intense. In his own right the drummer is a force to be reckoned with; so it's no small compliment to acknowledge that the other two parts of the trio that took the ... More >>
Like his mentor Art Blakey, this saxman is helping jump-start the careers of younger players.
Fast reviews of recent releases
Be there or be square!
From the week of November 10, 2005
Friday, September 9, Dazzle Restaurant and Lounge, 303-839-5100.
From inner space to the intergalactic, Wayne Shorter explores the deepest reaches of jazz.
Brain Storm (Capri)
Nat Yarbrough is battling for his health, but his playing remains as vibrant as ever.
A generation of Denver jazz stars has one thing in common: Neil Bridge.
Legendary drummer Roy Haynes sings Bird's praises while creating his own legend.
Amon Tobin mixes hip-hop and drum and bass with all that future jazz.
Sonny Rollins has more than fifty years of jazz under his belt. But he's thinking about tomorrow.
Tortoise and Isotope 217 bring out two different sides of guitarist Jeff Parker.
T.S. Monk is making music that's all in the family.
Faced with the tragic death of his wife, saxophone titan Wayne Shorter chooses life.
Wynton Marsalis set out to make a masterpiece. Fatal mistake.
UNMASKING THE TWO BRITISH MASTERMINDS BEHIND THE JAZZ-RAP SENSATION US3.