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 >>
#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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Saturday, May 21, Bluebird Theater, 303-830-8497.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
â€‹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 >>
Hearts, Words and Other Forgotten Things
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 Pac ... More >>
Friday, December 12, and Saturday, December 13, Dazzle, 303-839-5100.
Discover jazz singer Anita O'Day in an entertaining documentary.
Crossroads Theater resurrects the Rossonian.
Separating holiday-music gifts from seasonal disorders.
The sounds of jazz erupt in quilted form
The Good, the Bad and the Uni
All Alone (MAXJAZZ)
Live at the Village Vanguard (MAXJAZZ)
Legendary drummer Roy Haynes sings Bird's praises while creating his own legend.
Jazz singer Nnenna Freelon has touched the “devil's music” with her own world-class style.
With her own star on the rise, Dianne Reeves honors Sarah Vaughan in a rare hometown concert.
Death comes calling jazz's legendary players.
A look at screen gems from the Denver Jazz on Film Festival.
A look at local recordings.
Unwrapping our annual roundup of musical season's greetings -- and beatings.
Mary Ann Moore
Backbeat contributors offer up their favorite recordings of 1999.
The best holiday discs, as well as others that will make you pity the yule.
June 11 - 17, 1998
Hark! The Herald Angels are practically the only group without a holiday CD this year.
Great musical moments in Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon history.