Jimmy Smith

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2012

    The ten best movies featuring rappers

    Wu-Tang has been immersed in kung-fu for so long, it was inevitable that one member of the Clan would make a major appearance in a martial arts movie at some point. The RZA appeared briefly in Ghost Dog in 1999, but only for a passing moment, though he did produce the soundtrack. In The Man with the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2012

    Weekend's best live bets: Lenny Kravitz, Widespread Panic and more

    Ah, yes, we've reached the end of another glorious week in the Rockies, which can only mean another dope weekend of music in the Mile High City. Lenny Kravitz kicks things off tonight with a show at the Buell Theatre, Widespread Panic pulls into the Fillmore for a three-night stand, TaunTaun returns ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2011

    Tea Party zealotry finally getting to mainstream Republicans -- or is that Dems' wishful thinking?

    ​What time is it? It's Denver blog post roundup time! Priceless Colorado Pols headline: "(Newly) Responsible Republicans Beg Tea Party To Shut The Hell Up." The Ralphie Report's got the skinny on Nate Solder and Jimmy Smith, both first-round NFL picks. Mile High Mamas consider pros and cons ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2010

    BJ's Port revival dries up

    ​BJ's Port was a classic Five Points dive, "a glorious little place at 28th and Welton streets that recalls the raucous, energetic organ-trio clubs of Jimmy Smith's prime -- right down to the barbecued ribs and collard greens on the menu," Bill Gallo wrote for Westword back in 2002. But BJ's c ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 2, 2009
  • Dining

    January 8, 2009
  • Blogs

    December 2, 2008

    Rooting around Root Down

    We're still looking for a revised opening date for Root Down, the new restaurant coming to 33rd and Osage. But in the meantime, we have two updates: Yesterday, the original opening date, they were putting in grass (!) around the former service station, which will have a great outdoor deck and garde ... More >>

  • Music

    September 11, 2008
  • Blogs

    September 17, 2007

    Beyond Playlist: Prinzhorn Dance School and More

    Prinzhorn Dance School Prinzhorn Dance School (DFA Records/Astralwerks) Prinzhorn Dance School’s name salutes Dr. Hans Prinzhorn, who, according to, “collected the art of his mentally ill patients” -- and the unhinged quality of the music made by Tobin and Suzy Horn makes the mon ... More >>

  • Music

    May 3, 2007


    Heres an improv-based act that's learned the art of restraint.

  • Music

    July 6, 2006

    The Gourds

    Saturday, July 8, Boulder Theater, Boulder, 303-786-7030.

  • Music

    December 15, 2005

    Yule's Tide

    Searching for gems in the flood of seasonal discs.

  • News

    June 23, 2005
  • Music

    September 9, 2004

    Funky Symmetry

    The Charlie Hunter Trio strikes a jazzy balance between brains and heart.

  • Calendar

    March 13, 2003
  • Music

    August 29, 2002

    Feelin' Skanky

    Four new discs show that reggae is bigger than just one mon.

  • Music

    June 13, 2002

    Hit Pick

    Heavy G & the Boogaloo Communicators

  • Music

    March 21, 2002

    Vital Organs

    Pat Bianchi prepares to meet his master, Joey DeFrancesco, for a night of dueling B-3 beauty.

  • Music

    May 24, 2001

    Ripple Effect

    Ken Burns's Jazz remains controversial. But its effect on album sales is difficult to dispute.

  • Music

    April 19, 2001

    Saints Alive

    The Preservation Hall Jazz Band keeps the spirit of New Orleans alive.

  • Music

    March 8, 2001

    The RH Factor

    Death comes calling jazz's legendary players.

  • News

    March 1, 2001

    Brick by Brick

    A new development in Five Points could help the city sell the old Rossonian Hotel.

  • Calendar

    February 15, 2001

    Beyond Burns

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

  • Music

    December 28, 2000

    On the Records

    Backbeat contributors reflect on the releases that helped them survive the year 2000.

  • Best of Denver

    June 29, 2000
  • Music

    February 17, 2000

    Stop Making Sense

    DJ Logic experiments with hip-hop, rock and all that jazz.

  • Music

    October 7, 1999
  • Music

    April 8, 1999

    Spread the Jam

    Medeski, Martin and Wood branch out beyond jazz.

  • Calendar

    November 12, 1998

    Night & Day

    November 12 - 18, 1998

  • Calendar

    May 21, 1998

    Night & Day

    May 21 - 27, 1998

  • Music

    May 1, 1997
  • Music

    December 12, 1996

    Soul-Jazz Power

    Hank Crawford and Jimmy McGriff haven't changed a lick since the Sixties. And why should they?