Norman Provizer's Jazz Notes

Every Thursday at 10:30 AM, DownBeat magazine writer Norman Provizer joins the Morning Beat to share upcoming local jazz and blues events. 

Norman has been sharing music events with KUVO listeners for nearly 20 years.

A member of the Jazz Journalists Association, Norman is also a professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver. 

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As the list of headliners indicates, the 42nd edition of the Telluride Jazz Festival that runs from Friday through Sunday is not overloaded with significant jazz players ( The big names at the event this year are pianist Bruce Hornsby (who did go to Boston’s Berklee College of Music) and the Noisemakers, New Orleans singer Irma Thomas and saxophonist Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe.

Flying the banner “Big Talent, Small Venues and Great Setting,” the Evergreen Jazz Festival that runs from noon on Friday through 6 p.m. on Sunday has carved out its own niche in the Colorado musical landscape.

July keeps rolling along with festivals in Longmont and Winter Park, along with sounds in Crested Butte. The 36th edition of the Winter Park Jazz Festival in Hideaway Park on Saturday and Sunday is a crossover event with artists such as Sheila E, saxophonists Boney James and Eric Darius and guitarist Norman Brown. The festivities begin both days at 11 a.m. and run until 6 p.m. (

Pat Bianchi

City Park Jazz continues on Sunday with Hammond B-3 player Pat Bianchi returning to Denver for an event that should mark the jazz-highlight of this year’s series in the Park. After Bianchi returned to the east coast after an extended time in Denver, he began a quick march up the ranks of organ masters, moving to the top of the list of rising-star players in the 2016 DownBeat “Critics Poll.” He’s a regular with both guitarist Pat Martino and alto saxophonist Lou Donaldson. Bianchi takes stage at 6pm.

No June Swoon for Jazz | Norman Provizer's Jazz Notes

Jun 21, 2018
DC Festival

The two headliners coming to “town” during this musical week are alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett and tenor saxophonist Joshua Redman. Garrett is at Dazzle, 1512 Curtis, on Tuesday and Wednesday, while Redman performs at the Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St. in Boulder, on Sunday.