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 >>
FIVE POINTS JAZZ FESTIVAL @ FIVE POINTS | SAT, 5/11/13 Since starting a decade ago, the Five Points Jazz Festival has been celebrating the music, culture and history of Denver's historic Five Points neighborhood by highlighting local jazz acts. Acts on the main stage of this year's festival include ... More >>
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When he branched out on his own after more than two decades of working with Wynton Marsalis -- both in his septet and as part of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra -- alto sax player Wessell "Warmdaddy" Anderson had more time to work with his own group as well as the brand-new quartet Boxca ... More >>
Here's what's happening in music on the Front Range this week: On the concert front, a show at the Paramount Theatre featuring Puscifer was announced, along with a Kulwicki Twins Foundation benefit at the Bluebird Theater in January being headlined by Mudhoney and The Fluid. On local radio specialty ... More >>
Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey (due at Dazzle tomorrow and Thursday) has just made an important record. Just how important remains to be seen. But one thing is certain: When this quartet of proud Oklahomans turns its attention to one of its state's most shameful events, the musical results are elect ... More >>
Wynton MarsalisJazz Aspen Snowmass, which has been going strong for the last two decades, announced the line-up for its twenty-first season. The June Festival's headliners include Sheryl Crow (June 25) and Jennifer Hudson (June 26). Raul Midon, Richard Bona and Monty Alexander's Harlem-Kingst ... More >>
Here's what's good in the Mile High City this week. On the concert front: The Flaming Lips have announced a co-headlining date with Primus this August at Red Rocks. Kenny Chesney is also at the Rocks in July, and Panic! at the Disco is due at the Ogden in June. Meanwhile on local radio, Air ... More >>
As reported last week, the Avett Brothers will be at Red Rocks in July, while Warren Haynes and Cake are due at the Ogden in May and June respectively. Also, Arctic Monkeys, who have been working on their fourth album, make their way back to the Ogden again on Monday, May 30, as part of a twe ... More >>
A year before Trombone Shorty (aka Troy Andrews) scored a number jazz album with his major label debut, he was already sparring with lions. Just check out the eight-minute YouTube clip of the young Shorty trading trumpet licks with Wynton Marsalis at the House of the Blues in New Orleans.
Over the next couple of weeks, Backbeat will feature some Top Ten lists from around the Village Voice Media chain. Click here for previous year-in-review coverage from Backbeat and VVM. It's time to rank the best of what went around and came around again. BILLY JOEL The Stranger (Columbia/Legacy ... More >>
Like his mentor Art Blakey, this saxman is helping jump-start the careers of younger players.
The Soul of John Black gets by with a little help from its friends.
The CSO hits the ground running.
Mark Merryman keeps it real in the face of conspicuous Californication.
This gym is an emotional rec.
Pat Bianchi prepares to meet his master, Joey DeFrancesco, for a night of dueling B-3 beauty.
Blending free jazz with film lore, Sex Mob reworks old James Bond soundtracks for a sound that's shaken and stirred.
From Moroccan-flavored psycho-trance to furious superfunk, Critters Buggin cross space and time zones with their music.
The Blue Noise Band's brilliant amalgam of sounds may make jazz purists see red.
Almost ten years after his death, jazz fans remain fascinated by the man who gave birth to cool.
Ken Burns's Jazz remains controversial. But its effect on album sales is difficult to dispute.
With her own star on the rise, Dianne Reeves honors Sarah Vaughan in a rare hometown concert.
Dave Holland's jazz cuts to the heart of the matter.
Tribute to Ellington
These days, former Nation of Islam spokesman Jamal Muhammad is focusing on the hip-hop nation.
My Jelly Lord: Standard Time Vol. Six
For Hugh Ragin, the mind is a terrible thing to waste on narrow conceptions of jazz.
April 15-21, 1999
March 25 - 31, 1999
February 11 - 17, 1999
Six new releases paint an intriguing picture of jazz chameleon Herbie Hancock.
The Boulder Creative Music Ensemble is still taking chances after all these years.
July 30 - August 5, 1998
Wynton Marsalis set out to make a masterpiece. Fatal mistake.
NPR, IN A SLASH-AND-BURN MODE, CUTS E-TOWN ADRIFT.