The Gift of Jazz is excited to partner with The Muse Performance Space in Lafayette for an amazing night of music!

Join Gift of Jazz and Clare Church on Saturday, January 7 at 7:30 pm for a swinging tribute to one of jazz’s greatest drummers, Philly Joe Jones. The Centennial Concert Series is presented by the Gift of Jazz to honor some of the greatest jazz legends and the music they gave us. Each year Gift of Jazz chooses past musicians who would celebrate their centenary and presents a tribute concert in their honor; performed by some of the best Denver-based jazz musicians.

PETE LEWIS – Saxophone

Clare Church played her very first gigs with Tony Bennett, the Temptations and the Four Tops. In her 30-plus years as a professional musician, she has performed all different styles and genres of music. On the jazz side, she was a regular with the Joe Henderson Big Band and performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Carter, Nancy Wilson, Mel Torme, Doc Severinsen, and many more. A versatile musician, she also could be heard in pit orchestras, as well as in the horn sections of traveling artists such as Tito Puente Jr., Natalie Cole, The Temptations, the Four Tops, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Frankie Vallee and the Four Seasons. She has played with all the Denver luminaries, including Ron Miles, Greg Gisbert, Art Lande, Eric Gunnison, Annie Booth, Gabe Mervine, and many more. She has been described as a sensitive, “music-first” drummer, and her many years of experience as a horn player make her drumming unique.

Most jazz fans know Philly Joe Jones from his work in The Quintet from 1954 to 1958 before with Miles Davis. However, Philly Joe’s career is as deep and wide as his pocket. A master of the brushes and rudiments, Philly Joe had an incredible ability to take the simplest idea and fill it with musicality and expression. Both Davis and Bill Evans said that Philly Joe Jones was their favorite drummer. Philly Joe Jones’ style and technique were so impactful that his swing was the model of rhythm in the 1950s. Philly Joe Jones played with such greats as The Quintet, Hank Mobley, Bill Evans, Tadd Dameron, Lou Donaldson, Clifford Brown, and more. To say Philly Joe Jones changed the trajectory of jazz would be an understatement. He helped define the style and make it what it is today.

The Muse is a fantastic local venue owned and run by Clare Church. Since its inception, it has become a staple of the jazz scene here in Colorado. Patrons from Denver and Boulder to partake in jam sessions, and concerts to build this community. We are so excited to be working with Clare and her fantastic venue for this evening. You won’t want to miss this one. More information.

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