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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 ...

Scott Martin - Piano

Scott Martin has performed professionally in a wide variety of musical styles and roles. He began his career as a studio musician in New York City working with artists including Carly Simon, Mariah Carey, Philip Bailey of Earth Wind and Fire and Robert Lamm of Chicago.. He co-wrote and produced the title track to the album Magnetic, by Steps Ahead, featuring Dianne Reeves and Michael Brecker. As a jazz pianist, he has played with Mike Stern, Bill Watrous, Miroslav Vitous, Billy Hart, Mike Mainieri, Joe Lovano, Victor Lewis, Javon Jackson, Harry Allen, Ron Miles, Carl Fontana, Pete Condoli, Red Holloway, Hiram Bullock, Tia Fuller, and many others

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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 ...

Mike Abbott

Mike has performed and/or recorded with The Rolling Stone’s horn section, Randy Brecker, Maria Schneider, Jeff Hamilton, John Clayton, Chie Imaizumi, Sammy Davis Jr., Burt Bacharach, Paul Schaffer, Joey Calderazzo, and Marc Copeland. After earning his Music Degree in 1988 at the University of Miami in Florida, he moved to New York City and started playing clubs, touring the US and Europe, and recording. In 2012, Mike’s book, The Guitar and Amp Sourcebook, was published by Harper Collins Publishers. This 450-page tome provides an insider’s look into the who, what, where, when, and how of guitar and amplifier development from the dawn of the 20th century to the present day

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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 ...

La Cocodrila

Deborah De La Torre, Cuban-American Latin Jazz Pianist Composer https://store.cdbaby.com/Artist/LaCocodrila The Crocodile, like the Island it symbolizes, is a strong and surprising creature, a creature that lays low for a while, but violently fights back when cornered and confined. This music sure breaks a few rules and purposely "does it wrong" on some occasions. It's postmodern and disruptive. Crocodiles live in the water and on land at the same time. Being a Miami, Florida native of Cuban and multicultural heritage, my music lives on many hyphens as well. I studied piano with Rosalina Sackstein and composition with Dennis Kam at the University of Miami, FL and founded the university’s student chapter of the Society of Composers, Inc

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Gov't Mule at Red Rocks

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Gov't Mule
Red Rocks
Denver, CO
September 14, 2018

Many musicians like to collect instruments. Certainly guitarists collect guitars. Pat Metheny is a case in point. Over the years he has added a synth-guitar as well as the exotic 42 string Pikasso guitar to his recordings and live performances. Not ...

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David Byrne at Red Rocks

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David Byrne
Red Rocks
Denver, CO
August 27, 2018

Popular music is all about what's new. Quality is measured by age. The newest of the new is best and the quality decays quickly. It has a half-life shorter than a modern attention span. (Is there a relationship here?) It may be ...

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Angelique Kidjo/Femi Kuti at Denver Botanic Gardens

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Angelique Kidjo/Femi Kuti
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver, CO
August 9, 2018

There is a Groove Heaven. I have proof. Angelique Kidjo, international world-beat star, recently released a song by song cover of the Talking Heads album Remain in Light (Sire, 1980). Kidjo, from Benin, has been exploring and laying down ...