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Ben Sidran at Dazzle

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Ben Sidran
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 ...

Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra

The Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra is made up of Colorado’s best musicians performing classic big band jazz and modern large jazz ensemble music. The CJRO plays to sold-out houses at concert venues and jazz festivals throughout the area, performing tunes from the libraries of (to name a few) Count Basie, Thad Jones, Woody Herman, Duke Ellington, Maynard Ferguson, as well as band member composers. The CJRO regularly performs at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, the PACE Center in Parker, CO, the Lakewood Cultural Center, and the Rialto Theater in Loveland, CO. Please visit our website:, to hear clips of the band and sign up for our email list! The CJRO’s debut CD, “Invitation” has been released on Origin Records. Art Bouton , CJRO Director and Professor of Saxophone at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music, founded the band in 2012 with the mission of performing the best music with the best players.


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 ...


Charlie Hunter and Lucy Woodward at Dazzle

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Charlie Hunter/Lucy Woodward
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 ...


Alicia Olatuja at Dazzle

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Alicia Olatuja
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 ...

Good Vibes, Bad Vibes: Jazz in Film

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Several films about jazz depict troubled and vice-ridden musicians, such as Charlie Parker, in Bird, and Chet Baker, in Born to be Blue. I walked out of the latter after twenty minutes of excessive obscenity, graphic vice, and general disgust. These films reinforce the idea that jazz is associated with illegal activities, illicit sex, and generally ...


Dexter Payne

Clarinetist Dexter Payne's release, "Prá Você" (Dexofon Records) is still getting great airplay and good reviews: Huff Post, Downbeat Magazine, Offbeat Magazine,, and more! Payne choses the scenic route through the world of music. The scenic route always takes longer, destination-wise. Worthwhile? Apparently he is convinced, "I moved to Montana for the winter and stayed 18 years." He based there with his wife, the late Judy Roderick, and toured from coast to coast with her and with swing band, Big Sky Mudflaps, including repeat performances on NBC Today Show and Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion

Dr. Monty Alexander At Dazzle in Denver On May 7-8!

Dr. Monty Alexander At Dazzle in Denver On May 7-8!

1512 Curtis St.
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 839-5100 Dr. Monty Alexander: piano
JJ Shakur: bass
Jason Brown: drums "We had a great run in D.C. at Blues Alley, at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola in jny: New York City, at Triple Door in jny: Seattle and at Catalina's ...

Take Five with Marcio Garcia

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About Marcio Garcia

Marcio Garcia is a Dominican pianist, composer and educator. From a very young age Marcio showed passion for music and began formal studies in classical piano at age seven in his hometown Santo Domingo.

After finishing high school and early musical studies in the Dominican Republic, Garcia went to ...


Dave McMurray Trio at Dazzle

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Dave McMurray Trio
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 ...