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 >>
BRAD MEHDLAU TRIO @ BOULDER THEATER, SUN, 4/6 Over the last two decades pianists Brad Mehldau has recorded and performed in various formats (his latest effort, Mehliana: Taming the Dragon, is a duo recording with drummer Mark Guiliana), but he seems most at home with his trio, which includes long-ti ... More >>
THE BAD PLUS at THE ORIENTAL THEATER | 10/19/13 After the Bad Plus opened its set with "Pound for Pound" and "Wolf Out," bassist Reid Anderson told a packed Oriental Theater, "We have to roll out the brand tunes because it's that time of year," he said. "The season changes. We have to change up. We ... More >>
FRI | THE NAKED AND FAMOUS at FILLMORE AUDITORIUM | 10/18/13 Thom Powers and Alisa Xayalith formed this pop outfit in 2008 and recorded two EPs with future keyboard player Aaron Short when the three were students at the Music and Audio Institute of New Zealand in Auckland. Taking its name from Trick ... 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 >>
A prominent figure in the late-'40s and early-'50s cool-jazz movement, alto saxophonist Lee Konitz performed on Miles Davis's Birth of the Cool and performed with Lennie Tristano and Warne Marsh around that same time. While a number of players were copping Charlie Parker's sound, Konitz took a diffe ... More >>
Hola, muchachos! Welcome to the weekend! While the Great American Beer Fest and Sonic Blossom are probably the biggest draws this weekend in the Mile High City and the pickings are slightly slimmer than usual, there's still a great deal of music to choose from. As always, we have all of it listed in ... More >>
While September was a stellar month for nationally known jazz talent coming through town, October has some equally compelling acts, including legendary bassists Ron Carter, forward-thinking trio the Bad Plus, acclaimed pianist Vijay Iyer and guitarist Lionel Loueke. Keep reading for a full rundown o ... More >>
THE BAD PLUS 12/12/10 | Dazzle Over the last ten years, the Bad Plus has established itself as one of the most daring jazz trios in the world. And in the decade that pianist Ethan Iverson, bassist Reid Anderson and drummer Dave King have been together, they've proved they can easily maneuv ... More >>
In the decade since the Bad Plus has been together, the adventurous jazz trio has included cover songs on each of its recordings. Bassist Reid Anderson, pianist Ethan Iverson and drummer David King have deconstructed and reimagined cuts by everyone from the Pixies and Nirvana to Bowie and Bl ... More >>
Saturday and Sunday, December 11 and 12, Dazzle, 303-839-5100.
The Bad Plus The Soiled DoveMonday, March 9, 2008Better than: the last time I saw the trio. There's a live recording of Rahsaan Roland Kirk where he talks about how he's going to play two entirely separate songs on two different saxophones. One was Dvorak's New World Symphony and the other was the s ... More >>
Backbeat scribes sound off on their favorite releases of the past year.
Ethan Iverson, keyboardist for the Bad Plus, had a lot more to say than could be squeezed into the profile that appears in the May 24 edition of Westword. But the web has plenty of room -- so here's the full Q&A. The topics discussed include the reasons behind the title of the combo's new CD, Prog; ... More >>
These jazzbos may cover Rush, but they’re no prog rock band.