The best jazz shows in Denver in January

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THURS & FRI | JONATHAN KREISBERG at DAZZLE | 1/23-1/24 Guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg's playing conjures the duality of New York. The guy's a badass, burning up the fretboard like Jimmy Bruno, with a swaggering bravado that's pure Gotham. At the same time, there's an evenness to his attack in which every note has clear and distinct resonance, lending the material an air of sophistication. And although he's quite good in the trio setting, he's just as compelling playing solo, as evidenced on his latest effort, One.

THURS & FRI | ORGANIC COLLECTIVE at DAZZLE | 1/16-1/17 After graduating from the Berklee College of Music in the late '90s, the 21-year-old Pat Bianchi moved to Denver to start a residency four nights a week as the house pianist at El Chapultepec, which was followed by five-year stint at Herb's, where he played jazz organ on a weekly basis. For the past five years, Bianchi has been based in New York where he's worked with legendary jazz players like Lou Donaldson, George Colemanand Houston Person. As part of the Organic Collective, Bianchi teams up with guitar ace Mark Whitfield and drummer Byron Landham, who both play on Bianchi's excellent 2006 release, East Coast Roots.

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Jon Solomon writes about music and nightlife for Westword, where he's been the Clubs Editor since 2006.
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