An integral part of jazz is the swing feel, and drummers are often the ones stoking that fire, helping to propel the song, as well as the other players involved. While the saxophonists, trumpeters, pianists and guitarists all get their fair share of attention, the importance of a great drummer can't ... More >>
Before Yoko Ono even met John Lennon, she was an active and influential figure in international avant-garde art and music. In the 1950s, she went to school at Sarah Lawrence College, during which time she rubbed shoulders with the likes of La Monte Young. Her mentor was the godfather of minimalism, ... More >>
Welcome to the weekend! Another work week is almost in the books. Time to cut loose. If it's live music you seek, you've come to the right place. Tons of great music on tap this weekend, a diverse array of options whatever your flavor, everything from jazz and jam to hip-hop and hardcore to industri ... 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 >>
There's some stellar music on tap this week to look forward to no matter your flavor. The week kicks off with an absolute bang this afternoon at the Summit Music Hall with Cannibal Corpse, which headlines the Summer Slaughter tour with Between the Buried & Me, Job for a Cowboy, Exhumed, Goatwhore an ... More >>
Wednesday, August 22, Ogden Theatre, 888-929-7849.
As guitarist for the Black Crowes, Rich Robinson has played his share of big venues, but on tour in support of his brand new solo album, Through a Crooked Sun, he's playing more intimate venues, like the Soiled Dove Underground, where he'll appear tonight after an in-store at Twist & Shout at ... 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 >>
Jon Solomonâ€‹The Bottesini Project Friday, October 16, 2009Notably Fine AudioBetter than: Any other local collective improvisation group. One of the great things about Bottesini Project shows is the uniqueness of each performance. Since the shows are based completely based on collective impr ... More >>
There’s nothing smooth about the subversive jazzy punk funk these cats play.
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 >>
What you need to know to be in the know.
Open-mike jazz nights
Thursday, February 9, Boulder Theater, Boulder, 303-786-7030; Friday, February 10, Bluebird Theater, 303-322-2308; Saturday, February 11, Aggie Theatre, Fort Collins, 1-970-482-8300.
Awesome live bands sometimes make magic in the studio, too.
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The Mingus Big Band follows in the legend's footsteps.
The Out-of-Towners (ECM) Land of the Sun (Verve)
From Moroccan-flavored psycho-trance to furious superfunk, Critters Buggin cross space and time zones with their music.
Musical shamans keep the flame alive during a rare visit to Denver.
From the week of September 7
Former SST producer Spot brings underground Celtic sounds into the light.
Modern Windows Suite
Two reasons why today's jazzers are afraid to go where Ornette Coleman went before.
Chicago's post-progressive- math-punk-rock-jazz quartet Sweep the Leg Johnny is a sonic non sequitur.
Ralph Carney, Charlie Haden Quartet West, Enemymine, Styx
A New Mexico jazz trio makes smart music -- but you'll probably like it anyway.
THE JOYS OF THE NEW JOHN COLTRANE RELEASE.