Ten People Who Belong in the Colorado Music Hall of Fame

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10. Bill Stevenson Bill Stevenson isn't a man who likes to sit around doing nothing. He's the anchor of the Descendents, All, and a third band, Only Crime, in addition to being a de facto Lemonhead. In addition, Stevenson is an owner of Blasting Room Studios, a Fort Collins facility that enjoys a growing national reputation among rock and punk acts. --Michael Roberts 9. Wendy Kale Longtime music journalist for the Colorado Daily Wendy Kale went to more local shows and knew more people in the biz than nearly anyone in the state. She lived and breathed Colorado music -- one reason that people in the scene came to know her as Wendy Rock 'n' Roll. --Oakland L. Childers 8. Ron MilesWhen Bill Frisell speaks about the decades he's known Miles, he chooses his words thoughtfully, sometimes trailing off before starting again. He tells the story of a cassette tape he got from Miles, delivered by their mutual friend, producer Hans Wendl. Along with his music, Miles included a note asking if Frisell wanted to record with him. The guitarist couldn't make the time then, but he wrote Miles a postcard (which Miles has since had framed) expressing admiration for his horn playing.

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 Solomon

7. 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
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