That sound, that unmistakable Ron Miles sound, is rich, full-bodied and lyrical. Frisell remembers exactly where he was the next time he heard it. He was driving up a hill in Seattle when a Duke Ellington song played by Boulder-based saxophonist Fred Hess came on the radio. A trumpet solo cut in, and Frisell knew immediately who it was.
Read more: Denver-Bred Ron Miles and Bill Frisell Are Among the Greatest Collaborators in Jazz, by Jon Solomon7. Paul Whiteman Born in Denver in 1890, Paul Whiteman went on to lead one of the most popular jazz orchestras of the '20s. Since his group was one of best dance bands of the day, Whiteman, a fine violist and violinist in his own right who played with the Denver Symphony Orchestra, recruited some legendary players of the era, like Eddie Lang, Red Nichols, Tommy Dorsey and Bix Beiderbecke. --Jon Solomon
6. The Fluid The Fluid was the first group based outside the Pacific Northwest to ink with Sub Pop, the indie that served as the launching pad for what became known as the grunge sound; as such, the band became a key component of a musical revolution that helped define the late-'80s/early-'90s rock era.Read more: Sub Pop's twentieth anniversary spurs this year's unlikeliest local band reunion, by Michael Roberts