Provizer's Jazz Notes
Jazz Notes, 10-8-12
The storm gods are taking another bite out of the Big Apple. And because of that, saxophonist Ron Blake will not be making it to Denver to perform, as scheduled, with trumpeter Brad Goode at Dazzle on Thursday and Friday. Still, the fact remains that Goode and his Tight Like This band (to borrow the title of the trumpeter’s current CD) are well worth hearing on their own.
The quartet that has Adrean Farrugla on piano, Kelly Sill on bass and Anthony Lee on drums supporting Goode’s outstanding trumpet take the stage at Dazzle, 930 Lincoln, on those two nights at 7 and 9 p.m. ($22/$12 students for the 9 p.m. set on Thursday, 303-839-5100). I was familiar with Goode’s playing long before he moved to these parts to teach at the University of Colorado in Boulder. In Chicago, he had worked with folk like Von Freeman and Ira Sullivan and produced strong albums under his own name. Denver has a significant wealth of trumpet talent and Goode is one of the reasons why.
Also on Thursday, keyboardist Bob Schlesinger and guitarist Chris Malley launch their new CD, Split Shot, at the Laughing Goat, 1709 Pearl St. in Boulder, with a free quartet event at 8 p.m.
On Saturday, guitarist Dave Corbus brings his quintet to Dazzle to offer up a tribute to Charles Mingus at 7 and 9 p.m. ($12/$8 students for the 9 p.m. show). Corbus came to Denver from New York almost 20-years ago and is a regular on the scene and a member of bassist Ken Walker’s fine sextet. Mingus, who died in 1979, produced music that I fell in love with starting in the late 1950s. That love has never faded, because the music has never faded. Mingus music is hard to get out of your soul.
Then, on Sunday, bassist Greg Garrison returns to Dazzle with the third edition of his ‘Improvised Roots” series. Garrison has serious jazz chops (just listen to his work with the Fred Hess Big Band’s recent disc, Speak) and a strong interest in the modern bluegrass side of things (his work with the Punch Brothers and Leftover Salmon). That jazzgrass combination is what he displays in the “improvised roots’ series. This time around, Garrison is joined by Chris Pandolfi on banjo, Jeremy Garrett on fiddle and vocals, Dave Devine on guitar and Jim White on drums. The music is at 6 and 8 p.m. ($20).
After the weekend ends, Dazzle has the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra on Monday at 7 p.m. ($15) and a night of sounds from folks connected to the Denver Public Schools on Tuesday starting at 7 p.m. as well (donation).
The musical week wraps up on Wednesday with a bang when drummer Dafnis Prieto brings his Proverb Trio to Dazzle at 6 and 8 p.m. ($20). Prieto is one of the rising stars on drums. I have heard him in a number of contexts and he has never been anything less than terrific. This time around, Prieto has an interesting trio with the talented Jason Lindner on keyboards and KoKayi on vocals and poetry. The group should provide an engaging spin on things.