Welcome back, Americans. We ardently hope you return to us full of leftover barbecue and slightly sunburned. There are a few good shows this week, starting with legendary jazz drummer Tootie Heath with his new backing band (two-thirds of the Bad Plus). They'll play Dazzle a couple nights this week. ... More >>
SUN | MILE HIGH SPIRITS JAZZ FEST at MILE HIGH SPIRITS | 12/8/13 Mile High Spirits and the Gift of Jazz have teamed up to put on this free daylong festival, which kicks off at 3:30 p.m. and runs until 10: 30 p.m. Each of the six local acts on the bill will be paying tribute to other artists: A Denve ... More >>
In jazz discussions, the saxophonists and the trumpeters generally dominate the conversation, and rightly so. Equally as integral to the music, though, is the rest of the band. While we've already listed the top guitarists, pianists and bassists, today we focus on the female vocalists. Although ther ... 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 >>
SAT | DENVER JAZZFEST at NATIONAL WESTERN | 10/5/13 The inaugural Denver Jazz Fest includes contemporary jazz stars like keyboardist Brian Culbertson, Hiroshima, who formed almost three decades ago, Horns of Plenty (featuring saxophonist Darren Rahn and flutist Althea Rene) as well as R&B singer Ken ... 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 >>
It's one thing to be a political musician, to point out the inherent wrongs of our social and political constructs from afar. Admirable as it is, it takes a truly special person to take a personal stake in perceived injustice and do something that goes beyond music. A couple days ago, Yasiin Bey ( ... More >>
Like fans of pretty much every other genre in this town, the jazz connoisseurs here are spoiled with a steady stream of great shows. In the past few months, we've been treated to shows from the likes of Esperanza Spalding, Ron Carter, the Bad Plus, the Vijay Iyer Trio, Keith Oxman and David Torn, am ... More >>
From a Bright Clearing
It's time to play the music! It's time to light the lights! Are you excited? We are. Gosh, we are. We've been breathlessly awaiting this day for what seems like forever. But then, we're nerds like that. You know what today is, right? Why, it's the day that the new Muppets movie hits theaters, ... More >>
Chick Coreas breakthrough act is back after nearly three decades.
January 19, 2008 by David Amram Denver | When I first came to Denver in the mid-forties with my family, and later on when traveling through with different bands, I was always aware of Larimer Street and Five Points as the two places in Denver that in no way fit the stereotype of a Hollywood Western ... More >>
From Sonny Stitt to Jack McDuff, this saxman has played with some of jazz's finest.
The renowned Jerry González sounds off.
Monday, January 7 by David Amram Putnam Valley, New York | In 1956 Jack Kerouac and I first met at a bring-your-own-bottle party at a painter's loft and instantly began collaborating artistically. I backed him up musically while he read and from the earliest days of our working together I knew tha ... More >>
From the week of November 10, 2005
Lectures on Unrelated Topics fire up listeners' brains
Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant
Just because the Go hails from Detroit doesn't mean it's stuck in the garage.
Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Latin jazz gets its due in a Smithsonian exhibition
Shades of Blue (Blue Note)
Colorado's jazz artists stand up against their big-city counterparts.
Legendary drummer Roy Haynes sings Bird's praises while creating his own legend.
From blues to kiddie core, the year 2001 was an odyssey in local music. Backbeat writers remember the best.
David Booker and the Swingtette
A look at screen gems from the Denver Jazz on Film Festival.
A look at local recordings.
Bandleader Sam Bivens brings six decades of jazz history to Turk's Supper Club.
Part one of a pre-millennial salute to the music that made America sing.
July 30 - August 5, 1998