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Al Hood releases new CD, stakes claim as Denver's busiest jazz musician

Al Hood has a very crowded agenda. The trumpeter teaches fulltime at the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music in addition to contributing to a slew of ensembles, including the Denver Brass and the Ken Walker Jazz Sextet. Somehow, though, he also found time to record a new CD entitled Just a Little Taste: Al Hood Plays the Writing of Dave Hanson. It's a creamy, elegant collection featuring tunes by jazz talents like Benny Golson ("I Remember Clifford") and Lee Morgan ("Ceora"), as well as a Rodgers and Hammerstein chestnut ("If I Loved You") and even "Pure Imagination," from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. The playing is smooth and impeccable -- an advanced course in the art of trumpet from a player who can do as well as teach.

Of course, he can play live, too. He appears with the Denver Brass tomorrow on the University of Denver campus -- one of around ten dates through the Telluride Jazz Festival in June. Check out his schedule after the jump.

April 4/4 - Denver Brass Quintet - Wine Tasting, Joy Burns Plaza, University of Denver campus 4/16 - University of Colorado Big Band, Imig Auditorium, CU-Boulder campus (7:30 pm) 4/18 (7:30 pm) and 4/19 (2:30 pm) - with the Denver Brass, Gates Hall, University of Denver campus

May 5/15 and 5/15 - Curtis Fuller Group at Dazzle restaurant & Lounge (7 & 9 pm shows) 5/16 - Ken Walker Sextet at Estes Park Jazz Festival (afternoon) 5/16-18 (record with Curtis Fuller, Denver) 5/22 (7:30 pm) and 5/23 (7:30 pm) - with the Denver Brass, Gates Hall, University of Denver campus 5/29 - Ken Walker Sextet at Dazzle Restaurant & Lounge (7 & 9 pm shows)

June 6/5 and 7 - Ken Walker Sextet at Telluride Jazz Festival (10:30 & 1 pm shows)

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