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It's JAM Time!

KUVO celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month throughout April with the theme, “It Was A Very Good Year!” But what makes a very good year? When there are so many releases, we can barely keep up.

Of course, we started with 1959 – the landmark year so packed with breakthrough releases, a 60-minute BBC documentary "1959, The Year That Changed Jazz." We think you’ll find it an hour well spent.

But KUVO presenters don’t remain in single-year boxes very well. The world of jazz...

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Studio Club: Greg Gisbert's Balancing Act | Apr 18

Greg Gisbert presents "Balancing Act" to the KUVO Studio Club on Thursday, April 18 at 7 to 8 pm in the Phyllis A. Greer Performance Studio. Balancing Act features Greg Gisbert-trumpet, Anisha Rush-alto sax, Matteo Bassani-trombone, Julia Dollison-voice, Seth Lewis-bass, Annie Booth-Piano, Brian Claxton-drums and Amaya Arevalo-tenor sax.

Studio Club Members: Please contact Arvida arvida@kuvo.org to reserve seats for you and a guest. Not in the Studio Club? Learn how to join here...

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Rolling Stone

Ornette Coleman was pivotal in the free jazz movement of the late 50s with playing "outside" the jazz norm. Guitarist Dave Corbus and his bandmates will explore the ways that Ornette's music featured more "inside" jazz elements in the spirit of the moment including blues-based melodies, modal based improvisations, a "harmolodic" universal music language, and happenstance (defined as a chance or accidental happening in the moment!).

John Gunther - Sax, Marc Niehoff - Bass, Dru Heller - Drums

Mindi McNeil

This month’s Wine, Beer and Food pairing has so many wonderful  things going on for the palette. Chef Cameron Tittle of Mas Kaos brought not one, but two wonderful dishes. I had asked him if he would bring their Shrimp Tacos or if he wanted to bring something else, he opted to bring both, and we are glad he did.

The Jeremy Mohney Band at Mercury Cafe | Apr 18

Apr 16, 2019

Lindy Hop and Swing dancing! Jeremy Mohney is swing! The Jeremy Mohney Band’s music conveys the pure joy of life through catchy rhythms, floating melodies and vocals that can woo any sceptic. Whether singing or playing the sax, Mohney’s knack for timing and harmony is always swinging. He’ll have you tapping your toe if you aren’t already up dancing.

Dance to the Jeremy Mohney Band. Money is swinging hard for dancers with his band, sax, singing voice and original compositions that all sound straight out of 1939.

The mission of this jam is to educate and engage the Jazz loving community of Denver by creating a theme based jam session where musicians play specific arrangements from historic jazz recordings. Through a limitation of content, we hope to bring a greater sense of preparedness and fulfillment from a gathering of like-minded musicians. We welcome dedicated musicians of all skill levels to come to celebrate this music with us in order to keep our collective community and musical standards evolving.

Kurt Rosenwinkel Standards Trio | Apr 18 & 19

Apr 15, 2019

Kurt Rosenwinkel is an American jazz guitarist and keyboardist who came to prominence in the 1990s.

Mark Diamond Quartet | Fridays at Nocturne

Apr 14, 2019

Mark's hard-grooving acoustic bass sound was birthed in the New York area, where he learned to play many musical styles. In 1980 he moved to Colorado with the band Arabesque and has since been a sought after sideman on over 100 albums.

Mark Klagstad - Guitar, Andy Weyl - Piano, Mark Diamond - Bass, Alejandro Castaño - Drums

Makaya McCraven | Apr 20

Apr 12, 2019

Makaya McCraven is a beat scientist. The cutting edge drummer, producer, and sonic collagist is a multi-talented force whose inventive process & intuitive style of performance defy categorization.

His breakthrough album In the Moment was released with International Anthem Recording Co. (IARC) in January of 2015 and quickly named “Album of the Week” on BBC 6 Radio by influential DJ Gilles Peterson. By the end of the year it was a “Best of 2015” selection for Los Angeles Times, Pop Matters, NPR Music’s Jazz Critics Poll, and Apple Music.

1972-The year I got turnt. In the year 1972, I was 17 years old.

Local Musican Spotlight: Tom Amend

Apr 10, 2019

In a distant galaxy (Wyoming) a long time ago (maybe 18 years), a little 6-year-old boy began playing piano, inspired by his father, who played classic rock. A year or so later, his brother came home from middle school with a saxophone, and Dad declared “We have a band!” That little family band played local gigs with two keyboards and a sax, and to no one’s surprise, a star was born.

Tom Amend, pianist and organ player, was that young boy.

Three words explain this special April series: Dynamic. Thrilling. Swingin’.

Award-winning drummer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist Brian Claxton is known for his electrifying groove and rhythmic mastery. This series will feature Claxton’s compositions and arrangements performed by some of Denver’s finest: Tom Amend, Dana Landry, Steve Kovalcheck, and Erik Applegate. Brian is a two-time Nocturne artist in residency alumni and we can't wait to bring his sound back to our stage!



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