Shows this week: Dianne Reeves, Jonathan Kreisberg, and the Music of Spaghetti Westerns

Jan 23, 2014

     While Dianne Reeves spends much of the time on tour across the globe, the majestic singer rarely performs back home in Denver. On Saturday, you can catch one of those rare performances at Boettcher Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Center when Reeves hooks up with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m.
       The singer’s night with the symphony comes just about a week after her long awaited inaugural CD on Concord Records, Beautiful Life. This disc has been a longtime coming and on it Reeves hits her notes in a variety of musical, frequently more pop-oriented, contexts produced by drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, with a long list of special guests that include, Esperanza Spalding, Robert Glaspar, Gregory Porter, Lalah Hathaway, Nadia Washington, Raul Midon, Gregoire Maret, Sean Jones and her cousin, the late George Duke. Reeves sells out concert halls around the world. That’s exactly what should happen right here at home ($25-$88, 303-623-7876).
       In addition to Reeves, guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg is also performing this week. Born in New York City, Kreisberg ended up in Miami with his family. Twenty-five years after he was born in the Apple, he returned to New York playing with saxophonist Lee Konitz, vibraphonist Joe Locke and Hammond B-3 man Dr. Lonnie Smith with whom he continues to work to this day. Kreisberg is a fine guitarist and he is at Dazzle, 930 Lincoln, on Thursday and Friday with a quartet that has Will Vinson, a long term associate, on saxophone, Rick Rosato on bass and the Denver-bred Colin Stranahan on drums. As a matter of fact, on the night before the group is at Dazzle, the trio of Kreisberg, Rosato and Stranahan is the guitarist’s regular spot in New York, La Lanterna. Stranahan is an enormously talented and much recognized drummer who has gained well deserved kudos after graduating from high school a mile high. Kreisberg’s quartet plays at 7 and 9 p.m. on both nights (($22, 303-839-5100).
       By the way, Rosato and Stranahan are two-thirds of a trio (along with pianist Glenn Zaleski) that has two recordings out on the Colorado Capri Records label, the most recent of which is Limitless – a disc definitely worth a spin.      Additionally, this week finds guitarist Dave Devine leading a group celebrating “The Good, the Bad and the Dazzle: The Music of Spaghetti Westerns” at Dazzle on Saturday at 7 and 9 p.m. Here’s a chance to grab a fistful of musical dollars from the pen of Ennio Morricone ($12/$7 students for the 9 p.m. set). On Sunday at Dazle, it’s singer/pianist Rekha Ohal playing some of her favorites alongside of Devine, Dan Schwindt and Matt Houston at 7 p.m. ($10/$7 students). Then, on Tuesday and Wednesday, student groups from the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts take over Dazzle at 6:30 and 8 p.m. without a cover charge. The student groups are mentored by a long list of noted area-based players, including Eric Gunnison, Jeff Jenkins, Ken Walker, Mark Simon, Mike Abbott, John Gunther, Brad Goode, Bob Rebholz and Joe Anderies.
       Along with guitarist Kreisberg at Dazzle, singer Bonnie Lowdermilk is at the Cerasco Gallery, 1294 Doric Dr. in Lafayette, at 7:30 p.m. (for reservation go to Then the musical week wraps up on Wednesday with saxophonist Josh Quinlan bringing his O’tet to Dazzle to revisit the music of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn at 7 p.m.. The band has Ben Markley on piano, Matt Smiley on bass and Ed Breazeale on drums ($12/$10 students).      Looking ahead to the summer, the guest of honor at the 2014 edition of the Telluride Jazz Festival is Poncho Sanchez. The Latin jazz master Sanchez and pianist Monty Alexander’s Harlem-Kingston Express, Sanchez represent the major jazz acts at Telluride in early August (