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Mark Simon couples jazz experience with a myriad of jazz influences to create a style of playing and writing that offers a mature outlook while pushing his work out to the edge. Simon, a Chicago-born Cub fan, has been playing jazz for over 30 years, starting somewhat inauspiciously by playing along with old Jazz At The Philharmonic records from his father’s massive and eclectic record collection, which ran the gamut from early jazz master Louis Armstrong to avant-garde Cecil Taylor. By 13, Mark was listening to Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Roy Eldridge and other jazz legends while his school chums were gearing up to Led Zeppelin. Young Simon soon graduated to jazz sessions, further honing his keyboard skills while beginning to play occasional jazz gigs


Article: Live Review

Roberta Gambarini At Dazzle

Read "Roberta Gambarini At Dazzle" reviewed by Geoff Anderson

Roberta Gambarini Dazzle Denver, CO January 7, 2023 Let me be frank. I'm often dismayed when I see a new album from a promising new jazz artist and review the song list and it's all jazz standards. Don't get me wrong, many of the songs composed in the first half of ...


This One's for Joey

Label: Capri Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: The Gojon Jazz Messengers; Lady Vera; Joshua Fought the Battle Against Trump & Co.; Waltz for Joey; Clark’s Spark; Blame It on My Youth; Christine; In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning; This One’s for Joey; Garden Song; Khalid; Debtussy; John Paul Jones.


Song of the Day

John Paul Jones

Label: Capri Records
Released: 2022
Duration: 5:40


Article: Album Review

Keith Oxman: This One's for Joey

Read "This One's for Joey" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The “Joey" saluted on Denver-based tenor saxophonist Keith Oxman's latest album is Joey Pearlman, a jazz bassist who died far too soon, at age twenty-four, in Febuary 2021. Joey's “music and personality," Oxman writes, “brightened every day for us at [Denver's] East High School. His presence brought joy to our music room...as he challenged us with ...



Label: Capri Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Launching Pad; Bu's Box; Joaquin; Lickity-Split; Wheaty Bowl; What If All?; Balladesque; The Chimento Files


Article: Album Review

Jazz WORMS: Squirmin'

Read "Squirmin'" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The Denver-based quintet Jazz WORMS recorded its first album, Crawling Out, in 1987. Based on the time it took to record a second, Squirmin', they may as well be called the Jazz SNAILS. To be fair, there are reasons why the next go-round took so long to materialize, the most conspicuous being success. In '87 the ...


News: Event

Underground Legend Richi James Debonis (a.k.a. Richi Van Zeppelin) Brings His Nowtet To Denver's Dazzlejazz Club, Thursday, July 11

Virtuoso drummer, composer, arranger, vocalist and underground legend Richard James DeBonis — a.k.a. Richi Van Zeppelin — brings his incomparable NOWtet for a very rare appearance to Denver's DazzleJazz Club on Thursday, July 11, 2013. The group will perform Richi's own compositions, along with his remarkably varied, accomplished arrangements of classic Led Zeppelin songs for contemporary ...


Article: Interview

Ron Miles: Jazz Gentleman, Part 2

Read "Ron Miles: Jazz Gentleman, Part 2" reviewed by Florence Wetzel

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 [Editor's Note: The second part of Florence Wetzel's extensive interview with Ron Miles covers the Colorado-based trumpeter's early performance years, and begins a chronological look at all of his solo releases, beginning with Distance for Safety (Prolific Records, 1987) and concluding with Heaven (Sterling Circle, 2002), ...


News: Music Industry

Portland Jazz Pianist Mark Simon Needs Liver Transplant

Portland Jazz Pianist Mark Simon Needs Liver Transplant

Portland Jazz Pianist Mark Simon is working with the National Foundation for Transplants (NFT) to raise funds for his out of pocket expenses relating to his pending liver transplant. Although Mark's illness has taken a toll on his quality of life, it has never affected his passion for music. He has been an in-demand professional musician ...


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