With the exception of players like Thelonius Monk or Art Tatum, piano players don't quite have the name recognition of their horn playing counterparts. All the same, these ivory ticklers play an equally integral role in jazz. As such just like our lists of the ten best sax players and ten best trump ... 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 >>
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 >>
PRINCE @ OGDEN THEATRE | SUN & MON, 5/12-5/13 Prince became a household name after the release of his third album, 1982's 1999. Over the years, his perfectly realized blend of rock, pop, funk and jazz has proved equally popular with audiences and critics. Throughout the '80s, Prince released hit rec ... More >>
Friday, May 10, Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom, 303-297-1772.
SHABAZZ PALACES @ LARIMER LOUNGE | MON, 5/6/13 In the first half of the '90s, Ishmael Butler went by the moniker "Butterfly" as part of the rap trio Digable Planets. After the outfit's 1995 split, the group performed one-off shows here and there, but since 2009, Butler has released music with Tendai ... More >>
One of the more exciting pianists in jazz today, Vijay Iyer has won a slew of awards over the past few years, including five different nods in the DownBeat International Critics' Poll. Awards notwithstanding, if you need proof of what amazing chops this Grammy-nominated composer-pianist has, look no ... 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 >>
If there's one thing that pop culture has taught us, it's that robots fight. From Terminator to Transformers, robots are duking it out everywhere. But maybe it doesn't have to be that way. Maybe some robots just want to dance.
Colin Stranahan (due with Stranahan/Zaleski/Rosato at Dazzle for the Westword Music Showcase tomorrow and on Sunday, June 24) isn't comfortable with labels. Since launching his professional career as a jazz musician at the age of seventeen, Stranahan has earned critical acclaim and professional kudo ... More >>
If you've been itching to learn how to record your music yourself or you just want to hone your skills a bit, here's your chance. Next month, as part of FoCoMX, music producer John Alagia (Herbie Hancock, Paul Simon, Ben Folds) will be hosting a free workshop for budding engineers. To attend ... More >>
Robert Glasper's latest Blue Note effort, Double Booked, shows just how well the pianist straddles the jazz and hip-hop worlds. While he flexes his jazz chops within the confines of an acoustic trio setting during the first half of the disc, he delves into more forward thinking hip-hop territ ... More >>
Saturday, January 17, Boulder Theater, Boulder, 303-786-7030.
A Cherry Creek mainstay reappears near RiNo.
On February 10, the Grammy Awards marked their fiftieth anniversary with a program so misguided and wrongheaded that it perfectly encapsulated all of the music industry's current woes. Following a suitably embalmed duet with the thoroughly dead Frank Sinatra, appearing in stock footage, Alicia Keys ... More >>
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 >>
Fast reviews of recent releases
Wednesday, March 14, Soiled Dove, 303-366-0007.
This guitarist’s playing creates a New York state of mind.
The Information (Interscope Records)
Tuesday, May 23, Bluebird Theater, 1-866-468-7621.
Charting the territory explored by John McLaughlin's guitar.
From inner space to the intergalactic, Wayne Shorter explores the deepest reaches of jazz.
Mosaic Select: Grachan Moncur III (Mosaic)
Dragon (Black Orchid)
Veteran jazz player Herbie Hancock searches for new frontiers.
Jazz singer Nnenna Freelon has touched the “devil's music” with her own world-class style.
Death comes calling jazz's legendary players.
Jello does a shot on the latest local-music compilation.
Mix Master Mike wants you to know how the tables turn.
'80s Retro Dance Party at the Boulder Theater
Keep those CDs a-coming.
Pianist Marc Sabatella has no interest in making one-dimensional music.
Six new releases paint an intriguing picture of jazz chameleon Herbie Hancock.
We've got 1998's best albums in stock, but they're going fast.
September 17 - 23, 1998
Michael Fitts wants Colorado jazz musicians to have a label of their own.
Faced with the tragic death of his wife, saxophone titan Wayne Shorter chooses life.
THE MOST MEMORABLE ALBUMS OF 1994.