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Ben Sidran at Dazzle

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Ben Sidran
Dazzle
Denver, CO
October 23, 2019

Ben Sidran is a quadruple threat. Many great musicians claim the trifecta of vocals, instrumental chops and songwriting. Sidran has all those. On top of all that, Sidran adds philosophizing. Or maybe it's storytelling. Or maybe both of those things. Wednesday night, Sidran ...

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King Crimson at Paramount Theatre

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King Crimson
Paramount Theatre
Denver, CO
September 8, 2019

Every band should have three drummers. No, wait, every band needs three drummers. King Crimson proved that Sunday night with, not just three drummers, but three drummers right up front. Well, maybe two and half drummers; drummer Jeremy Stacey spent ...

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Charlie Hunter and Lucy Woodward at Dazzle

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Charlie Hunter/Lucy Woodward
Dazzle
Denver, CO
August 2, 2019

Is it possible to trace Charlie Hunter's musical evolution by the number of strings on his guitar? Back when he hit the scene in the early '90s, he played a massive 8 string guitar. (Although he was on seven string guitar for ...

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Alicia Olatuja at Dazzle

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Alicia Olatuja
Dazzle
Denver, CO
July 25, 2019

If Alicia Olatuja wasn't a singer, she could probably be a counselor. As it is, she's a counselor to the songs she sings. She develops personal relationships with them. It seems that she spends hours with them on the couch intently listening to ...

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Dave McMurray Trio at Dazzle

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Dave McMurray Trio
Dazzle
Denver, CO
March 26, 2019

Power trio. That's a term most often applied to really loud rock bands. Many such entities began roaming the earth in the 1960s and shortly thereafter. Bands like the Jimi Hendrix Experience, ZZ Top, the James Gang and the daddy of them ...

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Carla Bley Trio at Dazzle

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Carla Bley Trio
Dazzle
Denver, CO
March 24, 2019

At age 82, Carla Bley has been around. But not everywhere. Remarkably, her two nights at Dazzle last weekend marked her first appearances in Colorado as a performer. Still, the depth and scope of her past music-making is unmatched ...

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The Latin Jazz All Stars at Dazzle

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Latin Jazz All Stars
Dazzle
Denver, CO
January 10, 2019

The All Stars came to town Thursday night and lived up to their name. The Latin Jazz All Stars is an amalgam that periodically organizes and tours with a fluctuating cast of players. A similar conglomeration came through the Denver ...

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Somi at Dazzle

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Somi
Dazzle
Denver, CO
January 16, 2019

A case can be made that all Western popular music can trace its origins to Africa. Even if that's a bit of an exaggeration, it's not when it comes to vocalist/songwriter Somi. She was born in Illinois, but her parents were immigrants from ...

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Kamasi Washington at the Ogden Theatre

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Kamasi Washington
Ogden Theatre
Denver, CO
October 26, 2018

Kamasi Washington is an ambitious guy. His first major label album was a 3-CD release running 173 minutes, The Epic (Brainfeeder, 2015). He followed that up with a mere 6-song release, but most recently came out with yet another 3-CD set ...

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Nik Bartsch's Ronin at Dazzle

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Nik Bärtsch's Ronin
Dazzle
Denver, CO
October 24, 2018

“Zen Funk." That's how Nik Bärtsch describes his music. “Zen:" the seeking of true enlightenment, often through meditation. “Funk:" a highly rhythmic, syncopated form of music. Zen Funk, yeah, that's it. The funk ranges from subtle to structural to urgent. The ...