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Holidays with a Beat

Dive into the holiday season with KUVO Jazz. Gather the kids young and old and tune in for timeless versions of popular holiday songs and savor the seasonal roots of jazz, blues, and specialty shows. Let’s do what we do best…enjoy each other…while we enjoy the spirit of music. Happy Holidays!

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On Stage: The Bigger the Better

This Sunday, December 16, at 4 pm, KUVO’s performance archive show “On Stage” showcases the most elaborate and complex assemblage of jazz musicians – the big band.

The Phyllis A. Greer Performance Studio is known as an intimate space. Squeeze in 10 or more musicians and instruments, and you’ve got a VERY cozy setting. (Watch out for the trombones!) Musically, only the ambitious seek to arrange the many parts of a jazz score for big band. And there, in the fuller, textured sound...

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Funky Boombox Top 25 Favorite Songs

2018 was a generous year for new soul and funk music. "The Funky Boombox" curated a list of their 25 favorite songs of the year. One of this year’s highlights was the launch of Denver based, Color Red Records. Color Red released music from two artists on the list, Matador! Soul Sounds and Analog Sons. The list includes artists from around the world and down the block, including Lack of Afro, Lucinda Slim and Gizelle Smith from England, The Bamboos from Australia and Colorado’s The Motet. "The...

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Peter Sommer Septet: Holiday Celebration | Dec 16

7 hours ago

The Peter Sommer Septet plays swinging arrangements of your holiday favorites as well as tunes by jazz greats, including selections from their debut recording “Happy-Go-Lucky Locals”. The Septet is a love letter to the great composers of jazz history, including Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Charles Mingus, John Coltrane, and many others. The focus is on joyful swinging and uplifting improvisations and we hope you will join us for this special Holiday Celebration!

The Brass of Christmas Past | Dec 15 & 16

7 hours ago
www.denverbrass.org

Snow was falling gently. Dinner was just cleared from the table when there was a sharp knock at the door. Upon opening, we were greeted by a jubilant chorus of Christmas carolers. The warmth and joy in their song melted away the cold wind and the harshness the winter had brought. The snow angels children make remind me of the footprints left behind by those carolers in the freshly fallen snow, so many years ago. Selections include a variety of your favorite Christmas carols and traditional songs. Specific pieces to be announced soon!

Blue Sonnet | Dec 16

8 hours ago
denversartbar.com

Blue Sonnet performs songs that touch your heart. Highly original interpretations of the classic and classy torch songs made famous by the great blues and jazz artists of our time, such as Billie Holiday, Diana Krall, and Ella Fitzgerald. Add in the personal and imaginatively original songs reminiscent of singer-songwriters like Carole King and Bonnie Raitt, and you have Blue Sonnet.

This duo showcases longtime Front Range singer-songwriter and jazz pianist Elea Plotkin, with vocalist Karen Banning, for a collaborative musical experience that is both soulful and entertaining!

The Steve Kovalcheck Quintet | Dec 15

9 hours ago
nocturnejazz.com

Jazz Guitarist/Composer Steve Kovalcheck Holds A B.M. From The University Of Tennessee At Knoxville And A M.M. From The University Of Northern Colorado, Where He Currently Teaches Jazz Improvisation, Jazz History, Directs Jazz Ensembles And Leads The Jazz Guitar Ensemble. His Professional Experience Includes Recording And Touring With Columbia Recording Artist Robinella And The C.C. String Band.

Chris Daniels & the Kings played their first show on March 14, 1984. Chris was inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame with Judy Collins in 2013. He and the Kings have toured Europe 20 times and played in the States from South Carolina to Seattle, New York City to LA. In 2012 Freddi Gowdy of the classic funk band "Freddi Henchi & The Soulsetters" joined the Kings.

A Blind Tiger Tribute to McCoy Tyner | Dec 16

10 hours ago

It is to McCoy Tyner’s great credit that his career after John Coltrane has been far from anti-climatic. Along with Bill Evans, Tyner has been the most influential pianist in jazz of the past 50 years, with his chord voicings being adopted and utilized by virtually every younger pianist. A powerful virtuoso and a true original (compare his playing in the early ’60s with anyone else from the time), Tyner has not altered his style all that much from his early days but he has continued to grow and become even stronger.
(Scott Yanow – All Music)

Live Jazz at Treppeda's Ristorante - Niwot

16 hours ago

Treppeda's Ristorante in Niwot invites you to join them for a "fine dining" experience and live music throughout the week. There is no cover charge, however, to help sustain performances your contribution can be accepted at the bottom of your guest check. The music feeds the soul!

Jazz Times

NPR's story about the passing of Nancy Wilson.

Nancy Wilson died Thursday after a long illness at her home in Pioneertown, Calif., her manager Devra Hall Levy told NPR. She was 81.

With Christmas just around the corner, it’s no surprise that there are a number of holiday-oriented shows on tap for the week. At Dazzle, 1512 Curtis, saxophonist Peter Sommer brings his sextet (that includes fellow saxophonist Wil Swindler) to the stage on Sunday “A Holiday Celebration” at 6 p.m. (303-839-5100).

A Swingin' Holiday Songbook | Dec 19 & 20

Dec 13, 2018

A Nocturne tradition in its fourth year, we are excited to present Vince Guaraldi's Charlie Brown Christmas and beyond - a night of truly swinging holiday standards curated by Drew Morell and Scott Mattson.

Drew Morell - piano, Patrick McDevitt - bass, Paul Musso - guitar, Scott Mattson - drums, Robert Johnson - vocals

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