Ella Fitzgerald

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2014

    First Look: Ella, a "fine diner" from the owner of Zoe Ma Ma, opens in Boulder

    Even the co-owner of Boulder's best Chinese restaurant knows his limitations. "I knew that I had to come clean with a secret: I'm not Italian," quips Edwin Zoe, who, along with his mother, owns Zoe Ma Ma, a stellar Chinese restaurant in downtown Boulder and, up until quite recently, Radda Trattoria, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2014

    Red Rocks: Could loud EDM music cause rocks to fall?

    This week's feature, "Rocks and Roll," tells the story of four concertgoers who were injured by falling rocks at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in September 2011. They're now suing the City of Denver, which owns Red Rocks. They allege that the city was lax in its efforts to prevent such an incident and that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2014

    Backbeat's 2014 Colorado bucket list: #15-6

    What are the hundred things everyone should do in Colorado before they die? We posed this question to our writers and editors, and over the next week, we'll be rolling out the answers across our blogs. Check back on tomorrow for the full list -- and in the meantime, feel free to post your own sugges ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2014

    The best jazz shows in Denver in January

    THURS | CHICK COREA & BELA FLECK at NEWMAN CENTER | 1/16/14 Over the last five decades, the virtuosic pianist Chick Corea has delved into quite a few variations of jazz, as well as classical, and on his latest effort, The Vigil, he's reinvented himself again. His new band, also called the Vigil, is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2013

    The best jazz shows in December

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2013

    The ten best female jazz vocalists of all time

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2013

    100 Colorado Creatives: Burlesque and cabaret queen Cora Vette

    #42: Cora Vette Cora Vette, aka Reyna Von Vette, is larger than life, with a big sassy voice, a ribald sense of humor and a sparkly way with a needle and thread, which all come in handy when she tackles her many roles as a burlesque-show hostess-with-the-mostest, costume-maker and show-tune belter. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2013

    The ten best concerts in Denver this weekend

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2013

    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 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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2013

    El Chapultepec kicks off week-long 80th anniversary celebration next month

    While there are rumors that El Chapultepec was operating as a speakeasy during prohibition, it legally opened in at the end of prohibition in 1933. Over the last eight decades, the infamous jazz and blues club has hosted a number of jazz greats like Ella Fitzgerald, Chet Baker and Eddie Harris, a ho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2013

    The five best jazz shows in Denver this June

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2012

    Meet Shady Elders, Denver's newest supergroup

    Taking a Dylan-esque route of abandoning acoustic folk for mod-rock, Britt Rodemich teamed up with local favorites Casey Banker -- fresh off the now-defunct The Don'ts and Be Carefuls -- Miles Eichner of Tulip Wars and Marlon Chance of Spires, to form Shady Elders, an indie rock supergroup of sorts. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2012

    R.I.P. Jerry Krantz, owner of El Chapultepec

    Update (6/1/12): We've received word that services for Jerry Krantz will be held next week on Thursday, June 7 at 10 a.m. at St Catherine of Siena Catholic Church at 4200 Federal Boulevard, followed by an interment at Ft. Logan National Cemetery at 12:30 p.m. in area "B." Jerry Krantz's full obituar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2011

    Black coffee! The 10 songs about black coffee on National Coffee Day!

    Up until about ten years ago, coffee seemed to have its grip firmly around us. Just take the songs below, for example. You won't find any written in the past decade, which is a little sad, the death of coffee and all. Because no one is going to write a song about the energizing effects of a Starbuck ... More >>

  • Music

    May 19, 2011

    Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers

    Saturday, May 21, Bluebird Theater, 303-830-8497.

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2011

    Liondub on the evolution of bass music, Denver connections and his career to date

    Liondub will bring Jamaican-influenced beats to 2200.​This weekend, the Unity Gain Reunion show will be taking over 2200, with special guest (and former Colorado resident) Liondub playing a reggae and dancehall set, along with guests Mr. Anonymous and Psychonaut, and house/slomo stylings by Pa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2011

    So long, sweater weather. Bring on the sun! Top 10 songs for your spring soundtrack

    Spring flowers bring sweet effin' jams!​It's that time of year -- time to trade in those stinky wool sweaters for T-shirts and tanks. Time to toss off those boots, slip on your sandals and start prepping for the sunshine. Bust that picnic basket out of the basement, air out the old blanket and ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 30, 2010
  • Blogs

    February 10, 2010

    Lilly Scott joins Haeley Vaughn as Colorado's great American Idol hopes

    Based on the edition of American Idol focusing on Denver auditions, we declared Fort Collins' Haeley Vaughn to be Colorado's great American Idol hope. (Of course, Bikini Boy Ty Hemmerling made a different kind of impression.) But last night's episode marking the beginning of Hollywood Week (and the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2010

    American Idol: Lilly Scott and Haeley Vaughn move on to round two

    America finally got a look at Ms. Lilly Scott last night on Idol. She got the nod from Simon Cowell and company to move forward to the next round of cuts after wowing them with a sterling rendition of "Lullaby of Birdland," a tune made famous by Ella Fitzgerald. If you ask us, Lilly did Ella justice ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 3, 2009
  • Blogs

    October 9, 2009

    Another restaurant world obit: Ben Ali of Ben's Chili Bowl

    ​ Ben Ali, co-founder and namesake of Ben's Chili Bowl in Washington, D.C., died Wednesday night at the age 82. Thursday morning, his joint -- the one that he has run for 51 years with his wife, Virginia, and their extended family, the one that has fed everyone from politicians, actors and r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2009

    Q&A with Elizabeth Zilman of Elizabeth & the Catapult

    ​Elizabeth & the Catapult is a Brooklyn-based trio playing the kind of jazz-inflected pop music that is simultaneously soothing and thought provoking. The act's debut album, Tall Children, bears favorable comparison to the more adventurous pop songwriters of recent years like Suzanne Vega and ... More >>

  • Music

    March 19, 2009

    Ayo Awosika

    Hearts, Words and Other Forgotten Things

  • Music

    January 22, 2009
  • Blogs

    December 22, 2008

    Beyond Playlist presents Xmas-rated, part four: Variety Packs

    This year, we've wrapped our roundup of holiday albums a bit differently. Instead of delivering it to you in one big lump (like coal), we're parceling out the reviews online, with a blog each weekday through December 24 devoted to recordings in a different category. Part four features "Variety Packs ... More >>

  • Music

    December 11, 2008

    The Jeff Hamilton Trio

    Friday, December 12, and Saturday, December 13, Dazzle, 303-839-5100.

  • Calendar

    May 22, 2008

    O'Day in the Life

    Discover jazz singer Anita O'Day in an entertaining documentary.

  • Calendar

    May 22, 2008

    Bygone Days

    Crossroads Theater resurrects the Rossonian.

  • Music

    December 13, 2007

    Sanity Claus

    Separating holiday-music gifts from seasonal disorders.

  • Calendar

    August 3, 2006
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    January 1, 2004

    Stop, Look, and Listen

    The sounds of jazz erupt in quilted form

  • Dining

    November 13, 2003

    Bite Me

    The Good, the Bad and the Uni

  • Music

    April 10, 2003

    Jessica Williams/Bruce Barth

    All Alone (MAXJAZZ)
    Live at the Village Vanguard (MAXJAZZ)

  • Music

    August 2, 2001

    The Voyage Out

    Jazz singer Nnenna Freelon has touched the “devil's music” with her own world-class style.

  • Music

    April 5, 2001

    Bringing in the Reeves

    With her own star on the rise, Dianne Reeves honors Sarah Vaughan in a rare hometown concert.

  • Music

    March 8, 2001

    The RH Factor

    Death comes calling jazz's legendary players.

  • Calendar

    February 15, 2001

    Beyond Burns

    A look at screen gems from the Denver Jazz on Film Festival.

  • Music

    December 21, 2000

    City Sounds

    A look at local recordings.

  • Music

    December 14, 2000


    Unwrapping our annual roundup of musical season's greetings -- and beatings.

  • Best of Denver

    June 29, 2000

    Best chanteuse

    Mary Ann Moore

  • Music

    December 30, 1999

    Judgment Day

    Backbeat contributors offer up their favorite recordings of 1999.

  • Calendar

    February 11, 1999
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    June 18, 1998
  • Calendar

    June 11, 1998

    Night & Day

    June 11 - 17, 1998

  • Calendar

    April 9, 1998
  • Music

    November 20, 1997
  • Music

    December 12, 1996

    Christmas Seasoning

    Hark! The Herald Angels are practically the only group without a holiday CD this year.

  • Music

    August 29, 1996

    Giving Until It Hurts

    Great musical moments in Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon history.

  • News

    February 22, 1996
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