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Jazz Aspen Snowmass June Experience 2024

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Jazz Aspen Snowmass June Experience 2024 Aspen, Colorado June 20-22, 2024 The Jazz Aspen Snowmass June Experience returned this year with 20 acts performing over the course of three nights in various venues around downtown Aspen. JAS has been sponsoring two festivals (or “Experiences") each of the last several years. The June festival has been more jazz and jazz-adjacent and the Labor Day Festival (although still promoted under the “Jazz Aspen Snowmass" moniker) tends more toward ...

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Cedric Burnside at Globe Hall

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Cedric Burnside Globe Hall Denver, Colorado May 31, 2024 It's raw. And it's real. Cedric Burnside is no poseur. He is the Hill Country Blues. He's lived it. He grew up in it. Cedric Burnside's version of the blues is as authentic as it gets. Grandson of Hill Country Blues trailblazer R.L. Burnside, Cedric lived with R.L., his Big Daddy, toured with him and learned the ways of a traveling bluesman. Big Daddy's ...

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Otis Taylor at Dazzle

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Otis Taylor Dazzle Denver, Colorado May 16, 2024 Electric banjo? Check. Cello? Check. Synthesizer? Check. A couple of electric guitars and an electric bass? Check. OK, Otis Taylor is ready to play some blues. No, it's not the typical instrumentation for a blues show. But Otis Taylor doesn't put on a typical blues show. Much of Taylor's blues is based on a single chord drone he calls Trance Blues which creates a hypnotic effect, ...

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Kent Burnside Blues Band at Dazzle

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Kent Burnside Blues Band Dazzle jny:Denver, CO May 3, 2024 Geography has always been important to music. Especially before advances in transportation and communication, communities developed specific local styles of music, much like accents and dialects. But music, like language, is just another form of communication. And, like language and accents, differences have appeared in relatively close proximity. Such is the case with Hill Country blues. Mississippi is widely considered a key incubator ...

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Kurt Elling and Charlie Hunter at the Boulder Theater

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Kurt Elling Charlie Hunter Superblue Boulder Theater Boulder, Colorado October 8, 2023 Both Kurt Elling and Charlie Hunter have been at the leading edge of jazz and jazz-adjacent music for about 30 years now. They've consistently shown unrelenting creativity, searching for new sounds and innovative concepts. They've collaborated off and on for over 20 years. An early notable joint effort appeared on two tracks on Hunter's Songs From the Analog Playground (Blue Note, 2001). But ...

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Goose at Red Rocks

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Goose Red Rocks Amphitheater Denver, Colorado October 5, 2023 Goose opened their two-night sold-out stand at Red Rocks on Thursday night with their typical three-hour show populated by original compositions, some covers and, of course, plenty of jamming. Goose is, after all, a jam band. Guitarist/vocalist Rick Mitarotonda is the leader of the band, much like Warren Haynes leads Gov't Mule. Mitarotonda sang lead on almost all the songs and was ...

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Snarky Puppy at the Ogden Theater

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Snarky Puppy Ogden Theater Denver, Colorado September 30, 2023 Originality seems to be a guiding force for Snarky Puppy. That applies not just to the type of music they play in general, but it goes all the way down to preparation of set lists. Saturday night at the Ogden Theater, band leader, bassist and spokesman for the group, Michael League went out of his way to review with the audience past gigs in Denver and ...

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Rene Marie at the new Dazzle

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Rene Marie Dazzle Denver, Colorado August 4, 2023 It's always a joy when singer Rene Marie comes to town. Friday night was special because she opened the new Dazzle nightclub with two sets and two more on Saturday night. Marie lived in Denver for several years and, as one of the top female jazz singers on the scene, it was both fitting and appropriate that she opened the new location. On top of ...

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Jazz Aspen Snowmass June Experience 2023

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Jazz Aspen Snowmass June Experience Downtown Aspen Aspen, Colorado June 22-24, 2023 Jazz Aspen Snowmass (JAS) has been around as a concept for a few decades now. The format and specific locations have changed over the years, but the basic idea remains the same: go to a beautiful mountain location and dig some great music. Mountains and music are a combination that works. But then, there's the question of the kind of music. ...

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Brandee Younger at Dazzle

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Brandee Younger Dazzle Denver, Colorado June 4, 2023 The harp is far from a common jazz instrument and the list of famous jazz harpists is a short one. In fact, the list of significant jazz harpists probably numbers about two: Alice Coltrane and Dorothy Ashby. There have been a few others here and there, but none that had the impact of those two. But wait, there's a new contender on the scene: Brandee ...


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