In jazz discussions, the saxophonists and the trumpeters generally dominate the conversation, and rightly so. Equally as integral to the music, is the rest of the band. While we've already listed the pianists and we'll soon be taking a look bassists and drummers, today we focus on the six-stringers. ... 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 >>
5. IMPROVISED ROOTS #4 @ DAZZLE | FRI & SAT, 3/15-3/16 While Greg Garrison plays bass for local bluegrass act Leftover Salmon, he also knows his way around jazz changes. With his Improvised Roots series, he brings the two worlds together with roots music. The previous two shows in his Improvised Roo ... More >>
As a teenager in the late'80s, tenor saxophonist Chris Potter performed with the great Red Rodney. He later went on to collaborate with luminaries like Herbie Hancock, Jim Hall, Paul Motian, Dave Holland, and, more recently, he was a member of the Pat Metheny Unity Band. While he's played as a sidem ... More >>
While January had some stellar shows like Joe Lovano Us Five, February is poised to be an utterly fantastic month for jazz in the Mile High City, especially with shows like the Ron Miles Trio featuring Brian Blade and Bill Frisell at Dazzle, plus dates from Fred Hersch Trio, Kurt Elling, Kurt Rosenw ... More >>
Dazzle Restaurant and Lounge is celebrating its fifteenth anniversary tomorrow. To commemorate the occasion, the club is throwing a party with the Bob Montgomery Pete Olstad Big Band and the Funky Fresh Trio, benefiting the Gift of Jazz, an organization supporting the past, present and future of jaz ... More >>
Ron Carter has been on over 2,500 albums and secured a spot as one of the world's finest bassists in the history of jazz. Doing much more than merely helping anchor the rhythm, Carter is a quite the melodic master. In his five-decade-long career, he's played with countless jazz legends, including a ... More >>
About two decades ago, I heard Kind of Blue by Miles Davis, and it floored me. It's the best selling jazz of all time, and if there's one album that truly started an obsession with jazz, it was that one. As a kid, I'd gotten to see cats like Red Rodney, Zoot Sims and Slide Hampton at Dick Gibson's j ... More >>
As a teenager in the early '60s, guitarist John Abercrombie had some key recordings that helped shape his musical focus, including Miles Davis's Kind of Blue, John Coltrane's Crescent, Sonny Rollins's The Bridge, Ornette Coleman's This Is Our Music and Bill Evans's Interplay. On Abercrombie's latest ... More >>
In this week's feature on Dale Bruning, the Longmont-based jazz guitarist talks about his five years of teaching Bill Frisell, who has since gone on to be one of the world's finest guitarists, both in the jazz realm and beyond. We caught up with Frisell, who is performing with Bruning and bassist Mi ... More >>
Have plans this weekend? If not, as usual, there's plenty of choices: Tonight, Jason Aldean's at the Pepsi Center, Jim Hall's at Dazzle and All Capitals is celebrating the release of its new CD at the hi-dive. On Saturday, Five Finger Death Punch hits the 1STBANK Center, Rene Marie's at Dazzl ... More >>
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