Provizer's Jazz Notes
Jazz Notes, 9-12-13
Jeff Jenkins, at Dazzle on Saturday
For more than a half century, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band has kept the traditional-jazz tradition of New Orleans alive in terms of spirit as well as notes. On Thursday, the band that’s in residence at Preservation Hall in the Crescent City when not on the road makes a stop in Boulder for an 8 p.m. show at the Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., ($20-$30, 303-786-7030). While preserving the music of the past, the band, to its credit, has also embarked along some different roads, like its dancing collaboration with choreographer Trey McIntyre. It’s a little too early for Mardi Gras, but that won’t matter much at the Boulder Theatre on Thursday.
Thursday also finds saxophonist Josh Quinlin bringing his Q’tet to Dazzle, 930 Lincoln, to pay tribute to John Coltrane’s classic quartet and to celebrate his new release on Dazzle Recordings. Quinlin’s compatriots for the tribute at 7 and 9 p.m. are Ben Markley on piano, Matt Smiley on bass and Ed Breazeale on drums ($12/$7 students for the 9 p.m. set, 303-839-5100). What would have been Coltrane’s 87th birthday takes place on September 23; and closer to that date, saxophonist Keith Oxman and singer Ed Battle recreate the music from several of the great saxophonist’s albums also at Dazzle.
On Friday, vibraphonist/pianist Greg Harris brings two of his groups to Dazzle – the Vibe Quintet and the New Wave Citizen Band – at 7 and 9 p.m. ($10/$5 students for the show at 9 p.m.). Vocalist Venus Cruz, bassist John Grigsby and drummer Mark Emmons are part of both aggregations. Saxophonist Sonathan Stewart round out the Vibe band, while percussionist Ido Ziv does the same for the world-music oriented Citizen band.
Moving to a different musical mode, popular, crossover saxophonist Boney James is at the Soiled Dove Underground, 7401 E. 1st Ave., on Friday for sold-out shows at 7 and at 10 p.m. (303-870-9214). On Saturday, the Soiled Dove has another crossover artist, guitarist Ken Navarro, on stage at 8 p.m. ($20-$25).
Saturday also offers a tribute to jazz singer Betty Farmer who was killed in the 9/11 attack on New York’s World Trade Center. Farmer was from New Orleans and settled in Denver before moving to New York where she worked for Cantor Fitzgerald, the firm that suffered the largest number of casualties in the terrorist attack. Pianist Jeff Jenkins heads the tribute that includes trombonist Al Hermann, bassist Mark Simon, drummer Paul Romaine and singers Ed Battle and Terri Jo. The sounds start at 7 p.m. ($12) at Dazzle Jazz.
Also on Saturday, singer Teresa Carroll is at Su Teatro, 721 Santa Fe, as part of a benefit for Senior Support Services. Her set starts at 4 p.m. ($15, 303-296-0219). Additionally on Saturday, the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra “Swings into Fall” at the Broomfield Auditorium, 3 Community Park Rd. in Broomfield, at 7 p.m. ($10, 720-887-2371), while singer Hazel Miller helps Nissi’s, 2675 N. Park Ave in Lafayette, celebrate its 8th birthday ($8 advance, 303-579-9135).
Come Sunday, trumpeter Justin Peterson returns to Dazzle with his nonet to celebrate the famed birth of the cool recordings from Miles Davis. The nonet gives birth to the cool at 6 and 8 p.m. ($12). Then, on Monday, it’s the Legacy Jazz Orchestra led by trumpeter Dave Rajewski at Dazzle at 7 p.m. ($10). The 16-piece big band has players like Quinlin and Breazeale and pays particular attention to the work of Thad Jones.
The musical week wraps up on Wednesday with the Whirlpool with Ron Miles at Dazzle at 7 p.m. ($8). Whirlpool is Caroline Davis, Jeff Swanson and Charles Rumback and trumpeter Miles is simply a great player who frequently lends his enormous talent to the efforts of young bands.